OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation

OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation

March 20, 2011 08:30 ET

OSSTF/FEESO Celebrates International Day of Francophonie

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 20, 2011) - Today, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) pays tribute to our Francophone members and their communities across Ontario as they celebrate International Day of Francophonie. This celebration was founded by the International Organization of La Francophonie on March 20, 1970, and now March 20 is accepted as the day on which to celebrate the diverse francophone cultures of the world.

"Ontario is home to close to 600,000 Francophones, the largest population in Canada outside Quebec. Three out of five of our Francophones were born in Ontario and one in five was born in Quebec," said Ken Coran, President of OSSTF/FEESO.

"Franco-Ontarians have made impressive contributions to our province and to our lives, and we celebrate them on this date. At our provincial office, the Franco-Ontarian flag flies proudly alongside our Canadian, Ontario and OSSTF/FEESO flags to mark our Francophone members' heritage and pride as well as our unity," commented Coran.

"I encourage our members and all Ontarians to recognize the many positive initiatives and activities of Ontario's Francophone communities and to celebrate International Day of Francophonie on March 20," concluded Coran.

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, early childhood educators, psychologists, secretaries, speech-language pathologists, social workers, plant support personnel, university support staff, and many others in education.

Contact Information

  • Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
    Ken Coran
    416.751.8300 or 1.800.267.7867