The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) will be sending 57 teachers from Canada to Africa and the Caribbean as part of the Project Overseas (PO) program. This is the highest number of teachers in well over a decade for the initiative which celebrates its 54th anniversary this summer.


PO, an endeavour organized and funded by CTF and its Member organisations, is a project that sends over 50 teachers annually to collaborate on professional development workshops with their overseas colleagues in order to strengthen public education, support teachers and enhance student success. The project is a central part of CTF’s International Program, “Teachers’ Action for Learning”.


“Every year that we’ve sent teachers to participate in Project Overseas, they have come back with new teaching skills learned from their peers and with a renewed love of teaching,” said CTF President Dianne Woloschuk.

“Project Overseas has proven itself to be one of our most valuable outreach projects, for Canadian teachers, teachers abroad and for students everywhere.”

Teachers interested in participating in PO apply to their provincial/territorial teacher organizations in the fall before being accepted by the CTF as PO participants. Participants begin preparing in February, and this year will depart Canada on July 6. Planning and team building in preparation for the overseas experience occurs from February through to June, ending with three days of workshops at the CTF headquarters in Ottawa, this year from July 2 - 5.


“The project orientation we offer at CTF immerses participants in team building activities, addresses topics such as cross cultural communication and development cooperation, focuses on the goals they will be working with CTF overseas partners to achieve, and fosters a deeper understanding of CTF as an organisation,” said Woloschuk.


The orientation will include workshops with each in-country team, health and safety precautions for traveling and the creation of action plans. Once the participants return to Canada, they are provided with a welcome back package by CTF, along with encouragement and suggestions about how the PO experience can enhance their professional role in schools, and elsewhere.


A debriefing session is held in October for all Team Leaders, and most CTF Member organizations provide debriefing opportunities for participants.


This year’s participants are:


Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation (STF)


  • Angela Banda, Team Leader to Barbados
  • Jordann Casler, team member to Uganda (Bulera)
  • Laura Corrente, team member to Uganda (Busoga)
  • Ruth Smith, team member to Guyana
  • Bonnie Werner, team member to Ghana (Nkabom - TAL)


The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO)


  • Alvarine Aldridge, team member to Guyana
  • David Ball, team member to Guyana
  • Gail Bannister-Clarke, team member to Dominica
  • Catherine Bracken Mussio, team member to Barbados
  • Deirdre Buckley-McKie, Team Leader to Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Lindsay Freedman, team member to Saint Lucia
  • Monica Goodfellow, team member to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Kathryn Holst, team member to Trinidad
  • Leslie Hunter-Duvar, team member to Dominica
  • Joseph Jarrett, Team Leader to Ghana (Youth Policy)
  • Diane Lawler, Team Leader to Ghana (Nkabom - TAL)
  • Dan Martin, Team Leader to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Nancy McKay, team member to Trinidad
  • Francesca Vonella, team member to Uganda (Bulera)


The Manitoba Teachers’ Society (MTS)


  • Devon Caldwell, team member to Trinidad
  • Lydia Giesbrecht, team member to Saint Lucia
  • Christine Hellmuth, team member to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Susannah Mueller, Team Leader to Uganda (Bulera)
  • Chantal Muzyka, team member to Barbados


The New Brunswick Teachers’ Association (NBTA)


  • Jenna Bamford, team member to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Beth Corey-McCready, team member to Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Kaitlin Thompson, team member to Barbados


Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA)


  • Kimberlee Carson, Team Leader to Saint Lucia
  • Simone Désilets, Team Leader to Togo
  • Adelina Fabiano, team member to Dominica
  • Jessica Kornder, Team Leader to Dominica
  • Colette Mondor, team member to Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Simon Pagé, team member to Togo
  • Vanda Rufli, team member to Ghana (Youth Policy)
  • Roxane Thomas, team member to Haiti
  • Chantal Walker, team member to Guyana
  • Lyle Watling, team leader to Guyana


Quebec Provincial Association of Teachers (QPAT)


  • Claudine Bodson, team member to Dominica


Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA)


  • Natasha Delpippo, team member to Uganda (Busoga)
  • Lisa Diessel, Team Leader to Trinidad
  • Marie Rayner, team member to Ghana (Nkabom - TAL)
  • Sarah Hicks, team member to Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Alan Lap-Lam Kwok, team member to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Ljiljana Lontos, team member to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Stephanie Mandziuk, team member to Uganda (Bulera)
  • Sonia Marques, Team Leader to Uganda (Busoga)


Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU)


  • Irene Grezel, team member to Uganda (Busoga)
  • Brenda Vaughan, team member to Ghana (Nkabom - TAL)


Nunavut Teachers’ Association (NTA)


  • Marie-Pascale Baillargeon, team member to Ghana (Youth Policy)
  • Scott McFadden, team member to Guyana


Northwest Territories Teachers’ Association (NWTTA)


  • Obed Duru, team member to Ghana (Youth Policy)


Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO)


  • Jean-François Chollet, team member to Togo
  • Nathalie Ladouceur, Team Leader to Haiti


Yukon Teachers’ Association (YTA)


  • Cindy Breton, team member to Haiti


Syndicat des enseignantes et enseignants du programme francophone de la Colombie-Britannique (SEPF)


  • Jasmine DeSerres, team member to Haiti


Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association (NLTA)


  • Diana Durdle, team member to Saint Lucia


Prince Edward Island Teachers’ Federation (PEITF)


  • Lisa Morin, team member to Togo


PO began in 1962 and since its inception has worked in partnership with the National Teacher Organizations in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America. The Canadian Teachers’ Federation is an alliance of nearly 200,000 elementary and secondary educators from 16 organizations (14 Members, one affiliate member and one Associate Member across Canada). CTF is also a member of Education International, a global alliance of educators. Follow CTF on  Twitter: @CanTeachersFed and @EnseigneCanada.