Public education champion Annie Kidder receives York University honorary degree at Spring Convocation


TORONTO, June 21, 2018 – Annie Kidder received an honorary doctor of laws degree from York University today in recognition of her dedication to strong and responsible public education. The degree was awarded during Spring Convocation for graduates of York’s Faculty of Education.

Kidder has worked tirelessly to support parents, help students and to guide government policy. In 1996, she founded People for Education, which has evolved into Ontario’s preeminent public education advocacy organization. She is consulted frequently by the Ontario government when determining education policy and travels across Canada to offer advice and build support for improving public education systems.

In recognition of her contributions, Kidder has received several awards. These include the Lamp of Learning Award from the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation, the Award of Merit from the Ontario School Library Association and the Fellowship Award from the Ontario Teachers’ Federation.

An indispensable resource for the public education system, Kidder’s vibrant leadership has improved schools and positioned Canadian youth for a successful future.

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