Stories Participants Tell
"This was clearly one of the best workshops I’ve ever attended. You’ve provided strategies that are very practical and offered references that will be useful in our schools. You kept a roomful of teachers engaged – and that can be a challenge."
"This year, feedback from students was that staff members are different… ‘stuff’ does not get swept under the rug—it gets dealt with properly… Our staff’s concerns have been met with the training from COPA for staff, and students."
"I liked the initial video with the students and teachers talking about equity from their persepectives. It was very infuential and profound. I feel as though I have a stronger desire to teach about and be equitable in the classroom and in the world."
"It is important that we learn about our rights at a young age because freedom and safety are very important in our lives."
"I can imagine standing up for my classmates now."
"I feel less worried about being myself, now that the other students have gotten this training."
" COPA presentations should be mandatory for all teachers and administrators in schools. Additionally, any agency that supports children and youth would greatly benefit from COPA’s knowledgeable staff and user-friendly resources."
Family Service of Toronto
" Collaborating with COPA has been invaluable to us at FST. (Its) impact on our organization and the services we provide has been profound. COPA has created tools and resources that are in active use by our families, staff and individuals clients. (Its) resources are easy to access, strength-based, respectful, empowering and responsive to the individuals we support and the trauma they have faced. The workshops that COPA has facilitated… have created space for safe, supportive and empowering dialogue and skill development that has been deeply impacted the quality of work and support we provide…"
Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture
" We (observed) first-hand the organization’s capacity to create high-quality and effective resources, training and programming. Furthermore, COPA has successfully supported community development through its collaborative and consultative approach."
Glendon College, York University, Faculty of Education
"COPA’s resources are outstanding teaching and learning materials. Each COPA resource deals with fundamental issues key to Ontario’s young people, all the while respecting their needs, interests, and personal experiences. Teacher training programs across the province should absolutely engage with these materials. I am grateful for COPA’s contributions to our province’s education system and young people. "
COPA is the proud recipient of a number of important awards, at both the provincial and national levels:
The Greer Prize , awarded by the Ontario Teachers' Federation for COPA's outstanding contribution to public education in Ontario (July 2007)
Public Education Advocacy Award, awarded by the Canadian Teachers' Federation for COPA's significant contribution to promoting and supporting public education in Canada (July 2010)
Clé de Voûte, awarded by FESFO (Ontario's Francophone Youth Association) for COPA's transformative contribution to promoting positive social change for girls and women (July 2009)
Students Tell Us ...
Teachers, Equity Leaders, Unions, Administrators Talk About COPA
Ontario Teachers’ Federation
Superintendent of Education, Simcoe County District School Board
Principal, Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School
Religious Education Consultant, Huron-Superior Catholic School Board
Vice-Principal, Maxwell Heights Secondary School
President, Local, ETFO Thames Valley Occasional
Teacher, Toronto DSB
Superintendent of Student Success, Ottawa Catholic DSB
Equity Consultant, Hamilton-Wentworth DSB
Positive Space Group Teacher Advisor, Sir Winston Churchill, Hamilton-Wentworth DSB
Teacher, St. Peter Catholic High School, Ottawa Catholic DSB
Parents Tell Us ...