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Former Teacher Receives Honorary Membership, Blind River, The Standard, 1995


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Former public school teacher receives honorary membership

Ruth Christilaw

By JACQUELINE COLLINS For the Standard

BLIND RIVER - Ruth Christilaw, a former teacher and librarian at Blind River Public School, was recently awarded an Honorary Membership by the Federation of Women Teachers' Association of Ontario.

Christilaw received the award for outstanding service to education, the teaching profession and the Federation. Being one of eight women chosen to the award this year, Christilaw also has the distinction of being the first teacher from North Shore board to receive the FWTAO award.

Christilaw began her teaching career in York County and Lee-side, Ontario, where she taught grades one to eight. After marrying her husband Tom in her sixth year of teaching, she moved to Blind River and temporarily retired from teaching to raise her six children.

Fourteen years later, Christilaw felt it was time to return and began supply teaching for the Blind River Public School Board. Later, she started full-time teaching for the Board which was now named North Shore.

Ruth Christilaw is especially respected for her teaching in special education and her work as a librarian. As a teacher of special education at a time when "special ed" was not yet fully recognized, she fought to see that her students received the same treatment and privileges as other students.

As a librarian, her desire to encourage others, both students and staff, to develop a love of reading, was shown in the displays she arranged. She also organized "book-talks" by inviting authors to come in and speak with students.

Within the FWTAO, Christilaw has served in many capacities at the local level - president; vice-president; representative for the Status and Goodwill Committee; Fall Conference secretary; and originator of the Christmas Tea for Retired Teachers.

Christilaw spends her retirement keeping active in the community - she was formerly a member of the Timber Village Museum Board, and presently volunteers at St. Joseph's Health Centre as well as performing activities with her church. She also manages to find time to travel and visit her six grandchildren.


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Jacqueline Collins, Author
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This newspaper article concerns the awarding of an Honorary Membership by the Federation of Women Teacher's Association of Ontario to Blind River resident Ruth Christilaw. The article also provides information about Christilaw's teaching career and volunteer work. A black and white photo of Mrs. Christilaw accompanies the article.
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Photo caption reads "Ruth Christilaw"
Date of Original:
August 30, 1995
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English
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 46.18336 Longitude: -82.95817
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Former Teacher Receives Honorary Membership, Blind River, The Standard, 1995


This newspaper article concerns the awarding of an Honorary Membership by the Federation of Women Teacher's Association of Ontario to Blind River resident Ruth Christilaw. The article also provides information about Christilaw's teaching career and volunteer work. A black and white photo of Mrs. Christilaw accompanies the article.