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E a s t e r n   U p d a t e - Wednesday, April 18, 2007

OECTA Status of Women Work Group
At their April meeting, the Provincial Executive created a Status of Women Work Group for next year. Terms of Reference:
§ Advise the Provincial Executive on ways to enhance the status of women in society, both nationally and internationally;
§ Develop recommendations for the Provincial Executive to assist Units to establish programs to educate members about international women’s issues;
§ Make recommendations to the Provincial Executive for possible action related to the status of women;
§ Make recommendations to the Provincial Executive on outreach to community-based women’s organizations;
§ Inform all members of the current trends, issues and problems as they pertain to the status of women internationally with a report to the 2008 AGM.

Applications for Status of Women Work Group and other provincial committees due May 1, 2007
Stephen Lewis addressed the delegates at AGM 2007. His passionate presentation dealt with unchecked violence against women and girls around the world. Mr. Lewis quoted the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon from International Women’s Day 2007, “… violence against women and girls makes its hideous imprint on every continent, country and culture. It doesn’t care about your income, class, race or ethnic background. It takes a devastating toll on women’s lives, on their families and on society as a whole. It is a threat to all women and should be unacceptable to all humankind.”
Mr. Lewis’ address is available by e-mail requests at www.easternontariooecta@on.aibn.com

OECTA Summer Program 2007
The OECTA PD Department is sending out a call for presenters for the 2007 summer institutes. Please call the Unit Office, e-mail a.mcgahey@oecta.on.ca or go to www.oecta.on.ca for an application package. Due date is Friday, April 27, 2007.

Workshop – Engaging Parents: Improving Student Achievement
This is an interactive workshop created by the Catholic Principals’ Council of Ontario (CPCO), the Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education (OAPCE), and OECTA with Ministry funding for its design, development and delivery. The goal of the workshop is to support the Catholic school system by reaching out to parents, especially those who belong to socioeconomic, geographic and cultural groups that face barriers in becoming involved in the education of their children. Positive parental involvement will strengthen the Catholic school system. Staff representatives, contact the Unit Office for more information.

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