**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**
To: OCEA Members (past and present)
Cc: OCEA Event Presenters (past and present) and OCEA Event Exhibitors (past and present)
Re: Cancellation of our 2020 Annual OCEA Spring Conference
Date: February 27, 2020
In January 2020, we announced that we would proceed with our Annual OCEA Spring Conference, feeling confident that our political climate would have improved, and we could be back to our normal duties. Unfortunately, negotiations have stalled, and further sanctions may be implemented.
Our members have reached out to us with concerns, informing us that many school boards have stopped approving absences for PD events. The obvious consequence of this, is that teachers will no longer be granted release time to offer their expertise through workshop presentations, and our members will not be allowed to attend our conference.
Considering this new information, and in response to the concerns of our members, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 Annual OCEA Spring Conference. To those people who have responded to our recent Call for Presenters, and for those who have requested Exhibiting information, we thank you for your interest and hope to have your participation once we can move forward with an event next year.
We will continue to provide timely resources through our web site, and we all remain available for any individual inquiries you may have. Please continue to reach out to us with your questions and concerns.
Yours in Cooperative Education,
OCEA Chair 2019-2020
Head of Cooperative Education
College Heights Secondary School
Upper Grand District School Board