OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation

OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation

May 03, 2010 10:19 ET

Media Release: OSSTF/FEESO Celebrates Education Week 2010

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 3, 2010) - Education Week was first celebrated in 1930 and this year the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) commemorates Education Week's 80th anniversary with the theme: Inspiring Confidence, Creating Futures.

Education Week was established by OSSTF/FEESO in the fall of 1930 during a period of waning public interest in education due to the Depression, when a good education was no longer considered a guarantee of employment. It was hoped that by highlighting a new secondary school curriculum and celebrating public education, the citizens of Ontario would once again take an interest in their schools. In the years that followed, Ontarians developed a renewed sense of concern for education and the government made a strong commitment to strengthening the province's public education system.

Today, after the recent economic downturn, the importance of public education has never been more crucial. "Investment in public education is not only an investment in our children, but an investment in the economic wellbeing of our province," said Ken Coran, President of OSSTF/FEESO.

To celebrate and continue the promotion of Education Week, OSSTF/FEESO districts across the province will be highlighting the positive contributions made by its teachers and education workers. Recognizing that there are parts of the world where public education is not available, members will also be collecting donations for War Child Canada's Haiti Earthquake Rebuilding Project which focuses on providing schooling and safe places for displaced and vulnerable youth.

OSSTF/FEESO is a trade union which represents 60,000 members across the province of Ontario. Our bargaining units represent both English and French members in elementary and secondary school workplaces, private schools, consortia offering support services to school boards, and universities.

Our members strive to provide students with opportunities to develop and grow in a safe, nurturing environment. Education Week provides us with an occasion to celebrate their role in the creation of a bright future for Ontario.

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