Patrick Mascoe, a Grade 6 teacher at Charles H. Hulse Public School in Ottawa, was part of the Canadian delegation attending the 10th International Conference on Holocaust Education at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Centre, in Jerusalem, June 25 to 28. The conference was attended by representatives from 60 countries around the world.
This was the third time Mascoe has been invited to the conference. He founded a celebrated annual pen pal and Day of Cultural Understanding program for Grade 6 students at Hulse – who are predominately Muslim – and their counterparts at the Ottawa Jewish Community School (OJCS). He also facilitates a Canadian Society for Yad Vashem program called Ambassadors of Change, which brings high school students from all ethnic groups together with Holocaust survivors on the day of the National Holocaust Remembrance ceremony in Ottawa for discussions on how racism and hatred can grow into discrimination and genocide. [Read more…]