OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation

OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation

November 15, 2010 10:43 ET

OSSTF/FEESO Continues Its Support of the Awareness and Prevention of Bullying

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 15, 2010) - November 15-19, 2010 will mark the first provincially acknowledged Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week. During this week, activities in schools across the province will heighten awareness of what constitutes bullying and the impact it can have on the overall school climate.

"The Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation supports this initiative. A safe learning environment is extremely important to every student, parent and educational worker in our publicly funded school system and contributes greatly to a rich educational experience," stated Ken Coran, President of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation.

In 2005, in conjunction with its provincial affiliates, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) released the results of its survey on bullying in the educational workplace. At the time, the report was the first of its kind in North America and revealed the broad impact that bullying had on students and education workers.

Coran explained, "In response to this survey, OSSTF/FEESO launched a series of workshops dealing with the topic including Building Safe Schools, Building Safe Workplaces, and CyberBullying. These interactive workshops continue to be in high demand as is From PAIN to PRIDE, which addresses the topic of gender-based violence and homophobia. Our most recently designed workshop, EQUIP, aims to help participants understand inclusive practice in an educational setting. As well, the Federation has recently updated our annotated resource guide to challenging sexual harassment in our schools, Still Not Laughing."

It is OSSTF/FEESO's policy that every District School Board or employer should develop and implement school-wide anti-violence programs which include harassment and bullying issues for all students, staff and parents.

OSSTF/FEESO remains committed to promoting a greater understanding and knowledge of these issues in Ontario schools. "There is still much work to be done to eliminate discrimination, bullying and harassment from our schools and workplaces," 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, attendance counsellors, and many others in education.

Contact Information

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