A message of appreciation from the President of QESBA

    MONTREAL, Feb. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - A young girl discovers that she has a
gift for painting. Who is there to help her express it?

    A young boy finally nails the multiplication of fractions. Who showed him
the way?

    A parent has run out of ideas to get his children to finish their
homework. Who has a new strategy to propose?

    An adolescent is on the cusp of making a wrong choice. Who first spotted
the danger signs?

    More often than we might think and with greater wisdom, skill and
compassion than we might remember to acknowledge, it is your child's teacher
who is the answer to "all of the above".
    The Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA) is proud and pleased
to take this moment to honor the 8,000 individuals who bring honor to the
profession of teaching in the 340 elementary and high schools, adult and
vocational centres operated by our nine member school boards across Quebec. It
is Teacher Appreciation Week, a time to acknowledge the seminal role played by
teachers in the daily lives of our children. Yes, as parents and guardians, we
each cherish our undisputed primary role in nurturing, guiding and protecting
our children. Because we delegate such a major portion of that job to those
who teach our children, it is terribly important that we respect the
engagement they undertake on our behalf.
    Our teachers work hard, under conditions that are not always ideal and
for salaries that are not as competitive as they might be, to do the best for
our children throughout the school year. Many go beyond the call, to coach an
after-school basketball team, to advise on a high school year book, to
coordinate a holiday concert. Those efforts are worth recognizing.
    Today's classroom is a portrait in diversity; each student brings to it
their own hopes, strengths, limitations and preferences. Our teachers
understand that it is axiomatic of their profession that they afford each of
these young people the full opportunity to reach for their very best. That is
what our teachers do, as they stand in for the parents and guardians of Quebec
youngsters each day.
    It is important that we remember, and that we acknowledge the central
place of the teaching profession in preparing us all for tomorrow. On behalf
of our children, on behalf of our school boards, on behalf of the community we
serve: thank you.

    Debbie Horrocks

For further information:

For further information: Kimberley Hamilton, Director of Communications
and Special Projects, (514) 849-5900, ext.: 225, (514) 919-3894, (C)

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