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Nov. 5, 2014

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Nov. 4, 2014
For Immediate Release

WATERLOO – Ontario Education Minister Liz Sandals will visit Wilfrid Laurier University on Friday, Nov. 7 to meet with teacher education candidates and share her thoughts about the future direction of education in an address titled, Teaching in the 21st Century.

The one-hour event starts at 1p.m. in the Theatre Auditorium on Laurier’s Waterloo campus. Kitchener Centre MPP Daiene Vernile will also be in attendance.

Sandals was first elected to the Ontario Legislature in 2003 as MPP for the provincial riding of Guelph. She was appointed minister of education on Feb. 11, 2013. She became involved in politics through education issues, running successfully for her local public school board in 1988 and being re-elected four times. She served as chair of the board and was president of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) from 1998 to 2002. She was also a member of the board of directors of the Canadian School Boards Association.

In recognition of her work as OPSBA president, Sandals was named the first recipient of the “Outstanding Contribution to Education Award” by the Ontario Principals’ Council. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s Centre for Prevention Sciences (London) presented Sandals with their 2009 Fourth R Award in recognition of her leadership on the provincial Safe Schools Action Team and her significant contributions to making Ontario schools safer.

As minister of education, Sandals has overseen the development of a new collective bargaining framework, taken steps to modernize childcare in the province, and earlier this year released the new provincial vision for education, titled Achieving Excellence: A Renewed Vision for Education in Ontario.

Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading Canadian university with a distinct commitment to teaching, research and scholarship combined with a strong student focus, high levels of student satisfaction and a deep sense of community. The university currently offers two teacher education programs: a consecutive program offered on the Waterloo campus and leading to a BEd; and a concurrent education program offered on the Brantford campus in partnership with Nipissing University, leading to a BA and BEd.

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Kevin Crowley, Director
Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3070



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