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COPA.. providing innovative skills, tools, resources, expertise and training
COPA is a Francophone provincial non-profit organization whose goal is to prevent child abuse and promote positive social change. Since being founded twenty years ago, over 135,000 students and adults have received our whole-school educational programs in both French- and English-language schools in Ontario.
COPA strives for the recognition of human rights - in particular, children’s rights, and those of social groups who are particularly vulnerable to discrimination and abuse.
Our innovative, practical and inspiring programs and multimedia resources are evidence-based, and founded on principles of equity and inclusion. They are designed to reach out to all, including those who typically don’t have a voice, and may feel left out.
At the heart of COPA’s work is a commitment to ensuring that all of us feel that we belong and that we all have meaningful opportunities to nurture safe, strong and free schools and communities – young people, parents, guardians, siblings, teachers, administrators, support staff, associated professionals and community workers.
COPA is the Provincial Coordinator of the Francophone Settlement Workers’ in Schools Program, supported by CIC.
Our contributions to enhancing the quality of public education have been publicly recognized with awards by the Ontario Teachers’ Federation, the Ontario Francophone Teachers’ Association (AEFO), both of whom actively collaborate with COPA, and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation.
COPA is unique
- COPA provides much-sought-after and regionally appropriate resources for students of all ages, schools staff, parents, guardians, caregivers and community players throughout Ontario.
- COPA provides a wide range of whole-school programs and workshops, each one oriented to different age groups or focusing on different themes.
- COPA offers unique and specialized training, consultation, curriculum development, evaluation, coalition-building and policy-development in the field of child and youth assault prevention and building healthy, equal relations at home, at school and in the community.
- COPA understands violence and bullying as an equity and social inclusion issue. Our analysis is feminist, rights-based and posits empowerment as the key strategy for meaningful-long-lasting comprehensive positive change.
- COPA collaborates with a number of provincial associations, such as the Ontario Human Rights Commission and the Ontario Teachers' Federation.
- COPA helps develop and explore promising practices in the field of child and youth assault prevention and in supporting ghte establishment and dissemination of high quality preveniton education programs and resources.
WE ALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE SAFE, STRONG and FREE!
The COPA team
COPA is guided by a province-wide volunteer Board of Directors. The Executive Director collaborates closely with our team of kind, dedicated and talented people at our main offices in Toronto and around the province.
Financial support for COPA’s activities is provided by a wide range of provincial and federal sources:
- Teachers' Associations: Ontario Teachers Federation and the Francophone Provincial Teachers' Association (AEFO)
- Provincial Government, Ontario: Various departments of the Ministry of Education have provided funding for over 20 years. The Office of Francophone Affairs has been a consistent contributor, as well as Ontario Women's Directorate. Funding has been awarded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation over the years, along with the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. As long as it was functioning, the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines provided funding to COPA and partners.
- Federal Government, Canada: Funding has been allocated since 2007 by Citizenship and Immigration Canada to ensure that COPA function as the Provincial Coordinator of the French-language SWIS (TEE) network providing leadership, resources and training to teams offering this program, around the province.
COPA is the proud recipient of a number of important awards, at both the provincial and national level:
- 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)