Introspection, Inspiration and Motivation Headline the 2019 Palliser District Teachers’ Convention

Release Date 2019 02 20

This Thursday and Friday nearly 6,000 teachers will gather at the TELUS Convention Centre for the Palliser District Teachers’ Convention ( Each year the PDTCA produces an in-depth experience for educators, providing workshops, seminars and speakers dedicated to the growth of Alberta’s teaching profession. This year’s convention boasts 242 sessions on everything from the impact education has on Truth and Reconciliation to the inspiring story of Lowell Taylor.

Julie and Lowell Taylor—Motivational speakers

  • In this inspirational presentation, Julie and Lowell highlight Lowell’s visual impairment and how their positivity, teamwork and love help turn obstacles into opportunities. Lowell was the first blind contestant on The Amazing Race, and now his sights are set on competing in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Together they share their life stories and the challenges of going blind, living with a blind spouse and the supports needed along the way.

Thursday, February 20, Imperial 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9 – 8:45 am and Macleod Hall ABCD – 10:15 am

Aaron Paquette – Artist, author and politician

  • Aaron Paquette is one of Canada’s best-known First Nations Métis personalities. He is a best-selling, award-winning author; an artist; and an Edmonton city councilor. Over the intervening years, through ups and downs and many mistakes and learning opportunities, Aaron has found a way to voice his message. We all suffer, but none of us is alone. There is a strength within us and around us that we can constantly draw on, not only to get us through tough times, but to propel us into the life we’ve always wanted.

Thursday, February 20, Exhibition Hall E – 8:45 am and Macleod Hall ABCD – 10:15 am

Jody Carrington—Clinical psychologist, author, “game changer”

  • Jody Carrington believes that for our kids to be OK, those trusted with their care must be OK. We are wired to do hard things. We are wired for connection. Sometimes those two things are the hardest to remember in the world of educating small humans. Jody has spent most of her career working with children and families who have experienced trauma. Her favorite thing on the planet to do is to speak with educators because they have the power to change the trajectory of a life every single day.

Thursday, February 20, Exhibition Hall E – 8:45 am and Imperial 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9 – 10:15 am

For a complete PDTCA 2019 schedule, log onto

Palliser District Teachers’ Convention
TELUS Convention Centre
(some sessions offsite)
Thursday, February 21        8 am – 4 pm
Friday, February 22             8:30 am – 2:15 pm

Background information

All teachers’ conventions in our province are organized by teachers who voluntarily serve on convention association boards. Their mandate is to improve and elevate teaching by exploring new innovations in education, participating in professional development activities and discussing the issues facing today’s educators.

At least one convention is held in our province every Thursday and Friday in February and early March. The largest is the Calgary City Teachers’ Convention (, which hosts well over 11,000 delegates. The smallest is the Central East Teachers’ Convention ( with 1,400 participants. These events are fully funded by teachers through their Association fees.

Media is requested to contact Andrea Craigie before arriving on site.

Andrea Craigie
President, Palliser District Teachers’ Convention Association
Alberta Teachers’ Association