OTF President's Message on World Teachers' Day

    TORONTO, Oct. 3 /CNW/ - Joe Lamoureux, a Barrie teacher was elected the
65th President of the Ontario Teachers' Federation at the Annual Meeting of
the Board of Governors in August. He is currently on leave from the Simcoe
County District School Board where he has been teaching since 2001.
    A lifelong learner, Lamoureux has degrees from Nipissing, Western, Trent
and Queen's. While serving as OTF, President he is also a PhD candidate in the
joint program offered by Brock, Lakehead and Western in the area of education
policy development.
    Since qualifying as a teacher, Lamoureux has taught in both elementary
and secondary panels and has experience in New Zealand and Moosonee, Ontario.
He has also been a very active member in OSSTF serving as his local president
in Simcoe.
    Drawing on his variety of teaching experiences, he sent this message to
the 160,000 teachers in Ontario's publicly funded schools on the eve of
World Teachers' Day.

        Having taught in a very small community in Northern Ontario, in the
        larger community in Barrie and in New Zealand, I have seen the
        reality of what connects teachers worldwide. We have a passion for
        learning that we want to share with our students.

        This solidarity of purpose joins us today with our fellow teachers
        everywhere. World Teachers' Day is the time for us to honour those
        who pursue this passion in difficult circumstances in war ravaged
        countries; those who work every day to ensure that all children -
        especially girls - have the opportunity for education; those who see
        the light of understanding brighten in a student's eyes; and those
        whose schools are well resourced and supported.

        Regardless of where you are teaching, you know that each and every
        day you are changing lives. Thank you for your dedication.

    UNESCO inaugurated October 5 as World Teachers' Day in 1994. According to
UNESCO, World Teachers' Day represents a significant recognition,
understanding, and appreciation for the vital contribution that teachers make
to education and development. The theme of World Teachers' Day this year is
"Teachers Change Your Life."

    The Ontario Teachers' Federation is the advocate for the teaching
profession in Ontario and for its 160,000 teachers. OTF members are full-time,
part-time and occasional teachers in all the publicly funded schools in the
province - elementary, secondary, public, Catholic and francophone.
    The Ontario Teachers' Federation represents 144,000 full-time, part-time
and occasional teachers in the publicly funded public, Catholic and
francophone schools in Ontario.

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For further information: Kathleen Devlin, Director, Policy & Public
Affairs, (416) 966-3424

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