Oct. 5 is World Teachers' Day - Teachers are engaged at the heart of their communities

    OTTAWA, Sept. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - (CTF News Service) The Canadian Teachers'
Federation (CTF), in cooperation with its Member organizations across Canada,
are highlighting Oct. 5, World Teachers' Day, to honor their teacher members
who make lasting and valuable contributions to our lives and communities.
    "When one thinks of a teacher, a classroom and students come to mind. But
for many teachers in Canada, when they step outside the classroom, they also
walk into the hearts of their communities as leaders, volunteers, neighbours
and parents," explains Emily Noble, CTF President.
    "Teachers are not just about engaging the hearts and minds of children
and youth. They are also the essential link between the school and the home.
And some take it a step further by becoming active volunteers in their
communities as camp counselors, charity events organizers, members of
associations, church and parent groups, just to name a few.
    "So many teachers also strive to make a difference at the heart of
communities abroad through CTF's International Programs or other international
ventures offered by CTF Member organizations. CTF's Project Overseas is an
example that has seen Canadian teachers volunteer their time during the summer
months to work in developing countries.
    "We are proud to be among the thousands of organizations in over
100 countries to celebrate World Teachers' Day. Events are being planned
worldwide through the efforts of Education International, the United Nations
Educational, Scientific and Cultural organization (UNESCO) and other partners.
    CTF has posted a downloadable greeting card on its Web site to allow
students to personally thank their teachers on Oct. 5.

    CTF speaks for 220,000 teachers in Canada as their national voice on
education and related social issues. CTF membership includes Member
organizations in every province and territory in Canada. CTF
(http://www.ctf-fce.ca) is also a member of the international body of
teachers, Education International (http://www.ei-ie.org).

For further information:

For further information: Francine Filion, Director of Communications,
(613) 232-1505, ext. 130; Comments: Emily Noble, CTF President

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