2009: Jahresbericht der MTG

Manitoba Teachers of German

President’s Report

September 25, 2009

Dear Members,

The MTG has had a successful year promoting German education throughout the 2008-2009 school year. Within the past year, many changes and new endeavors have taken place, which include new developments within our Manitoba-Germany student exchange program, the Manitoba German Language Contest, and Professional Development Committee.

Last year, our Professional Development committee hosted our German SAG at the Canadinns, Windsor Park, on Sept. 26. The day was filled with educational workshops facilitated by a various educators. We were lucky to have a variety of educators who represented the vast field of German education from different realms, including German consultants and teachers from out of province, Hutterian representatives, and Manitoba German teachers. The MTG would like to thank all of these people for providing the German teachers of Manitoba with their informative presentations. The MTG appreciates the educational opportunities provided because of the planning and organization that was done by P.D. Committee members.

The Manitoba Teachers of German starts this executive year with Ms. Michelle Kolbe as President. The MTG will be going through changes once again, as Mr. Werner Epp steps down from the position as secretary. The MTG also welcomes several new committee members to the table, which has been a benefit to our community of German teachers in Manitoba. We continue to seek ambitious professionals who wish to join our executive committee. Other executive events included the February CATG meeting in Vancouver, attended by Mr. Ed Kleinsasser and Mr. Herb Martens, as they represented MTG.

The MTG has been very proactive this year in promoting the Germany Exchange Program. A “thank you” goes out to the Manitoba Department of Education who has steadfastly supported this international education program. The Exchange Committee was very successful in pairing students and planning events. They have been very active in hosting the German students with educational excursions, a highlight being Camp Cedarwood by Lac Du Bonnet, Manitoba. Mr. Gerhard Daman of Germany has been in close communication with our exchange committee, working to promote this exchange in the Province of Lower Saxony. The Exchange committee has had a very busy season due to change in German exchange representatives. Mr. Gerhard Daman has now retired from Hamburg, his replacement Mr. Markus Most. The exchange committee is currently renegotiating terms of agreement with Hamburg. A special thanks goes out to Elly Kampen and Megan Bradshaw, who escorted our Canadian students to Germany in the spring of 2009. This committee continues to be successful as we expand our horizons and increase contact within Manitoba, with high hopes of perking interest of Manitoba students. A “thank you” goes out to all committee members for their hard work.

The Manitoba German Language Contest held its 35th annual competition this past February 21, 2009 at Canadian Mennonite University. The MTG greatly appreciates all of the volunteers that acted as judges and facilitators at the MGLC. We would also like to welcome the new committee members to our team! Due to our increasing enrollment numbers and Manitoba’s increasing German population, Category “D” was piloted for the first time, a specialized group for native German speakers who have been in Canada for less than 5 years. A special thank you goes out to the German government, which provided us with the PAD award, presented to the MGLC Senior “A” winner, by Catrin Stibbe, cultural attaché of the German Consulate General, and Gerhard Spindler, former Honourary Consulate of Winnipeg. A special “thank you” goes to all of the committee members who donated many hours of time to plan this event.

The 2009-2010 will continue with promise of great opportunities for the German educational community of Manitoba! The MTG will continue to strive for excellence and new opportunities for you and your students! The MTG wishes you a successful year as you return to your classrooms, communities and professions.

Best wishes,
Ms. Michelle (Micki) Kolbe
President, Manitoba Teacher of German