Our Finest Moment Ever
Publication: ATA Magazine
As the Alberta Teachers’ Association prepares to celebrate its 100th birthday in June of 2018 it is recognizing its history in a number of ways, including the fall 2017 issue of the ATA Magazine.
This issue’s theme is Momentous Occasions: Behind the Scenes of ATA History. It contains articles that shine a spotlight on a handful of the organization’s milestone moments, one of which was a rally at the Alberta Legislature in October of 1997.
The idea for the rally emerged at the organization’s Annual Representative Assembly (the ATA’s title for its annual general meeting). At this meeting, teacher delegates expressed a desire for dramatic action after spending years witnessing the public education system deteriorate due to provincial budget cuts.
While there was some scepticism around the feasibility of organizing a large rally, ATA staff and members went all out to ensure the event was a success. It ended up generating national news as one of the largest rallies in Alberta history.
MAGAZINE OF THE ALBERTA TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION
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