OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation

OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation

April 30, 2008 13:16 ET

Education: Ontario's Best Investment

OSSTF Celebrates 78th Year of Education Week

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 30, 2008) - The Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) welcomes the 78th year of Education Week taking place during the week of April 28 - May 2, 2008. Education Week began in 1930 as an OSSTF initiative to highlight the achievements of publicly funded education and to promote public awareness of its importance. Seventy-eight years later, this remains an important mission for OSSTF and we are proud that our initiative has grown into an annual event marked by school communities across the province.

Support Staff Appreciation Day - April 30, 2008

In 1999, OSSTF also introduced Support Staff Appreciation Day as an integral part of Education Week to ensure that the essential role played by all educational workers was fully recognized.

Commenting on the 78th year of Education Week, OSSTF President, Ken Coran said, "This year OSSTF has chosen "Education: Ontario's Best Investment" as our theme for Education Week. OSSTF strongly supports a full service education system that is able to provide real opportunities for every student to learn and be successful. This requires a full school team that not only includes classroom teachers, but also office, technical and maintenance staff, education assistants, social workers, psychologists, and attendance counsellors, just to name a few."

"Our theme is intended to reflect OSSTF's pride in the contributions we make to students' success. This includes the work we do directly in support of students and schools as well as the leadership we have shown in building and protecting publicly funded education. We were certainly there during the devastating years of the Tory government, as we have been there throughout the years since OSSTF began."

Coran concluded, "Education workers, parents, labour and community members - we are all part of the fight on behalf of our children and our communities. OSSTF hopes you will join us in celebrating the 78 years of Education Week and in continuing to affirm the importance of a strong publicly funded education system that provides every student, regardless of their circumstances, with what they need to succeed."

OSSTF/FEESO, founded in 1919, has 60,000 members across Ontario. They include public high school teachers, occasional teachers, educational assistants, continuing education teachers and instructors, psychologists, secretaries, speech-language pathologists, social workers, plant support personnel, attendance counsellors, and many others in education.

Contact Information

  • Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
    Ken Coran
    (416) 751-8300 or 1-800-267-7867
    Cell: (416) 427-0589