Class of 1975
Name: Cindy Bailey-Murkerjee
Degree(s): MEd'75, DipEd'78
Program: Elementary Education, Special Education
A graduate of the Education Faculty, Cindy Bailey has become a pioneer in multiculturalism and race relations in Canadian Education.
A classroom teacher for more than thirty years, Bailey has worked with elementary grade and special education students. From her experiences in the classroom she became inspired to produce a resource book that would help Elementary Teachers integrate multiculturalism into their curriculum.
Funded by Canadian Heritage and the Quebec and Ontario Ministires of Education, she worked with teachers and administrators from several school boards throughout Canada. The resulting guide, Start-Up Multiculturalism focuses on language arts, social studies, religious education and moral values. Translated into french, it was the first bilingual teachers guide on multicultural education to be widely distributed across the country.
In 1997 Bailey received the Educator's Award from the Shoah (Holocaust) Rememberance Committee (Jewish Community Council of Ottawa), in recognition of her dedication to Holocaust Education in Elementary Schools. She has been duly recognized by the Canadian Teachers' Federation.
Bailey is indeed a pioneer, proactive in practicing what she preaches as she continues teaching in her final years at the Western Quebec School Board.