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Ottawa Teacher Wins ETFO Award for Children’s LiteratureTeacher has penned award winning kids’ book on pain
August 16, 2011
TORONTO - The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has presented Ottawa teacher
Cathryn (Cat) Morgan with its 2011 Children’s Literature Award for her book entitled “GrrrOUCH! Pain is like a grouchy bear”. The award is granted to a member or non-member to recognize quality literature that is in keeping with ETFO’s positions on social justice and equity.
A primary teacher for 28 years with the Ottawa Carleton District School Board, Morgan has written a non-fiction picture book about coping with pain, suitable for children ages six to 10. Rhyming text is paired with vibrant illustrations by Canadian watercolour artist Crystal Beshara to create a whimsical approach that helps children understand their own pain or the pain or illness of a grandparent or other family member.
Cathryn, who is herself a chronic pain patient as the result of a car accident six years ago, recently received the Pain Awareness Award from the Canadian Pain Society for “GrrrOUCH! Pain is like a grouchy bear”. According to that group, one in five Canadians suffers from chronic pain daily. The Society, the Canadian Pain Coalition and the War Amps have all taken steps to profile Morgan’s book in their newsletters and websites.
“GrrrOUCH! Pain is like a grouchy bear” is Cathyrn’s first book. She wrote it to provide a valuable resource for working with families, and dealing with illness, accidents, traumatic events and emotionally charged situations. As well, the book acknowledges that pain can often be an invisible disability.
“Cathryn Morgan has written a book that is very engaging and at the same time contains a very profound message,” said ETFO President Sam Hammond. “It also reminds us that for children in pain, participation in school routines cannot be taken for granted.”
The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario represents 76,000 elementary public school teachers and education professionals across the province and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.
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