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Backgrounder Documents Released by OSSTF
Date Posted: Wednesday April 11 2012

Provincial OSSTF has released a number of backgrounder documents. These documents explain some of the history of certain aspects of our collective agreement as well as possible impacts caused by the government's contract proposals. Topics include: gratuity, Ontario's austerity agenda, pension, wage freeze, grid freeze and sick leave. All of these backgrounders are available in the "Documents" section under the title "Provincial Negotiations".
T/OTBU uses new electoral system
Date Posted: Thursday May 2 2013

The Annual General Meeting of the D24 T/OTBU will be held Monday May 6 at Eastwood Collegiate Institute's auditorium at 7pm. The election of the next president is on the agenda. The candidates will present speeches, and there will be a Question and Answer session. For those who cannot attend in person, the speeches and Q&A will be live-streamed. They will also be available shortly after the meeting on the TBU website (www.d24tbu.ca). The vote will be held in the schools on Thursday, May 9. An advance poll will be available at the district office from 8:30 am till 4:30 pm on Wednesday May 8th. Long Term Occasional teachers can vote in the schools to which they are currently assigned. Daily occasional teachers can vote in the advance poll on Wednesday, at the district office on Thursday (8:30 am till 4pm), or in whatever school they may be assigned to on Thursday the 9th. This new system marks a significant change for which members have asked for many years.
Sherry Freund Elected President
Date Posted: Thursday May 9 2013

Congratulations to Sherry Freund, who has been elected President of the D24 T/OTBU with 94.8% of the vote. Her term of office will begin July 1, 2013. Congratulations also to Georgina Grujicic for a well-run campaign.
Upcoming Summer Labour Council Events
Date Posted: Friday August 9 2013

You may want to mark your calendars for some or all of the following Labour Events in our community this summer/fall!

1.Ontario Common Front Assembly- August 19, Toronto
The Ontario-wide coalition of labour and community allies is organizing an assembly to push-back against attacks on our democratic and economic rights and provide alternatives to corporate power and neo-liberal ideology. The assembly will take place from 9:30am to 5pm on Monday, August 19th, at the Yorkdale Holiday Inn in Toronto. Check here: http://www.weareontario.ca/index.php/ontario-common-front-general-assembly-august-19-2013/ for details.

2.Labour Day Picnic - Monday, September 2, noon-4 p.m., Waterloo Park
Be sure to plan to spend Labour Day with your family and friends in Waterloo Park and celebrate the achievements of our labour movement! As always, there will be free children's activities and live music, a barbeque, and a licensed bar. Tell all members of our union, and invite your family, friends, and neighbours to join you!

3.Better Choices - Preparing for 2014 Municipal Elections
The Labour Council has already begun preparing for next Fall's municipal elections. This September, they will be hosting two community meetings to invite labour unions and community allies to form the Better Choices Coalition to recruit progressive candidates for next year's elections and organize a campaign to elect them. There will be one event in Cambridge on September 17th, and another in Kitchener on September 19th (both at 7p.m). Mark the dates in your calendar now, and get updates by checking the website at http://www.betterchoiceswr.ca or follow on Twitter@BetterChoicesWR or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/betterchoiceswr
Together Fairness Works Campaign
Date Posted: Friday August 30 2013

You will be hearing a lot about the CLC's Together Fairness Works Campaign this Fall as OSSTF participates fully in this campaign to talk to our members and the public about the value of unions in light of ongoing threats to unions proposed by Conservatives at all government levels. The campaign launches with a Canadian Labour Congress full day training conference for leaders which your D24 OT/TBU President, Sherry Freund, will be attending. For more on the campaign, check out the campaign website at: http://www.canadianlabour.ca/action-center/together-fairness-works. OSSTF/FEESO also has its own Together Fairness Works webpage at
http://www.osstf.on.ca/togetherfairnessworks

Better Choices Coalition - Preparing for 2014 Municipal Election
Date Posted: Saturday September 14 2013

Better Choices - Preparing for 2014 Municipal Elections
The Labour Council has already begun preparing for next Fall's municipal elections. This September, they will be hosting two community meetings to invite labour unions and community allies to form the Better Choices Coalition to recruit progressive candidates for next year's elections and organize a campaign to elect them. There will be one event in Cambridge on September 17th, and another in Kitchener on September 19th (both at 7p.m). Mark the dates in your calendar now, and get updates by checking the website at: http://www.betterchoiceswr.ca or follow on Twitter@BetterChoicesWR or on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/betterchoiceswr
STEL Vouchers/Receipts from 2012-13 are OVERDUE!
Date Posted: Wednesday September 18 2013

Please note that after October 10, 2013, if you have not submitted receipts and pertinent paperwork concerning STEL conferences/PD you may have attended during the 2012-13 year, the window for reimbursement will be CLOSED. It is especially important to submit your paperwork if you used OT time during your absence. Please contact Sandy Ernst immediately if this applies to you.
Democracy Week in Canada
Date Posted: Monday September 23 2013

September 16-23 has been recognized as Democracy Week in Canada. As part of that effort, Fair Vote Canada has launched Campaign 2015 seeking proportional representation. Fair Vote Canada is asking Canadians, as part of Campaign 2015, to sign the declaration of voters' rights. OSSTF/FEESO is also urging members to sign this declaration of voters' rights. As well, OSSTF/FEESO is donating $2,000.00 to help Fair Vote Canada achieve the goal of proportional representation as part of Campaign 2015. The declaration of voters' rights is at http://www.secure.fairvote.ca/en/declaration
First Annual Family Fall Walk
Date Posted: Wednesday September 25 2013

On Sunday, October 20, we hope you will join us for a 10K hike along the Grand River Trails followed by a pizza party back at the office. We will be meeting here, taking a school bus to the Sims Estate Trailhead and hiking back to our location here on the Grand. This event is free and open to all teachers, occasional teachers and their extended families.

You can sign up by clicking on our events calendar for October here on this website or using this link:http://www.d24tbu.ca/events.php?id=260
Dayle Whittaker Named to Provincial Long Term Disability Ad Hoc Work Group
Date Posted: Saturday September 28 2013

We are pleased to announce, that Dayle Whittaker, D24 TBU Benefits Officer, has been named to the Provincial Long Term Disability Ad Hoc Work Group. This advisory group will work with provincial OSSTF/FEESO, OTIP and Teachers Life to analyse OSSTF/FEESO and employer experience and make recommendations to the Provincial Executive on plan design amendments to the teacher bargaining unit plan and proposals for support staff LTD plans. Dayle's high level of expertise in this area will ensure that our new Provincial plan under the Memorandum of Understanding serves members needs to the highest degree.
Congratulations Dayle.
PD Learning Series Launched!
Date Posted: Wednesday October 9 2013

In light of the fact that the MoU does not allow for a Federation-run PD Day this calendar year, your PD Committee is busy planning a PD Learning Series for all teachers in our Bargaining Unit.
Some workshops will take place during the day and some afterschool. The full season of offerings will be published soon but we are launching the series with our first workshop on Friday, October 25 here at the District Office from 12 noon to 3:30. A light lunch and O/T coverage for your classes will be provided if you sign up for the OSSTF Classroom Management Workshop, led by facilitators from the Provincial Educational Services Team. This workshop is only open to contract and LTO teachers. A separate version of this workshop tailored to OTs will be offered later in the year. Click here to register:
http://www.d24tbu.ca/events.php?id=262
Mid-Career Financial Planning Workshop Now Full
Date Posted: Thursday October 17 2013

Our popular Mid-Career Financial Planning Workshop on November 12 is now full to capacity. Therefore, we have closed registration at this time. Please consider coming next year if you did not act quickly enough this time around!
Classroom Management Workshop Cancelled Due to Low Registration
Date Posted: Tuesday October 22 2013

We are sorry to report that we have had to cancel the first workshop in our PD Learning Series due to low attendance. The cost to the Province for providing the workshop demands that at least 20 members register.
Update on Bill 115 Charter Challenge
Date Posted: Saturday October 26 2013

The legal challenge to Bill 115 has seen significant resources and coordinated efforts between OSSTF, ETFO, CUPE and OPSEU in order to thoroughly prepare a coordinated attack. Original separate filing of applications took place in October of 2012. The court has since agreed to join the four separate filings together to be heard as one legal challenge. Generally, we are arguing that that government's actions violated our right to freedom of association, freedom of expression, and the rights to liberty and security of the person. We also argue that the act is unconstitutional because it reserved powers to the Lieutenant Governor in council without judicial or democratic oversight and that certain parts of the act were so vague as to be unenforceable. The challenge is still at the first level of Court-the Divisional Court. Already scheduled are the filing of written arguments by May 2014 and a 5 day hearing to be scheduled for June 2014. This court challenge is unlike any we have done so far and will take a significant amount of time to complete.
Workload and Volunteerism of Educators Survey
Date Posted: Thursday October 31 2013

On October 1, 2013, OSSTF/FEESO launched a study to attempt to quantify the enormous time and good will teachers devote to voluntary/extracurricular activities. This is an opportunity for every board-employed OSSTF/FEESO member who has given of their own personal time to have it quantified. It is also an opportunity for OSSTF/FEESO members who have participated in Ministry or Board intitiatives that impacted on their regular work to place a value upon such initiatives. The WAVE survey will be accessible until Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 at this link:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WAVE_Survey

Results will be made available at AMPA 2014.
Mom/Dad Playdate Postponed to February
Date Posted: Thursday November 21 2013

We have decided that due to low registration during this very busy pre:Christmas season that we will postpone our New Mom and Dad Playdate to a date later in February. Stay tuned for postings here. We will also send a mailed invite to all Moms and Dads on maternity or parental leave in the new year.
Dayle Whittaker Named to Provincial Benefits Ad Hoc Advisory Group
Date Posted: Thursday November 21 2013

Dayle Whittaker, our TBU Benefits Officer, has been named to the Provincial Ad Hoc Ctee responsible for advising the Provincial OSSTF organization around the feasibility and plan design of a Provincial Benefits Plan. Dayle's extensive experience in this area will be a definite asset for all members of OSSTF. Congratulations again Dayle.
Bill 122, School Boards Collective Bargaining Act
Date Posted: Thursday November 21 2013

Bill 122, the School Boards Collective Bargaining Act has reached Second Reading in the Ontario Legislature. This important legislation will govern how bargaining will be structured in our next round of contract negotiations. Important Bargaining Bulletins about OSSTF's suggested changes to the legislation and their meetings with the Minister of Education can be found by pressing the Bargaining Bulletin button to the left of this article. A video by President, Paul Elliott, can also be viewed on the Provincial OSSTF website.
Ministry Implements new LTO Evaluation Process
Date Posted: Monday November 25 2013

The Ministry of Education has implemented a new LTO Evaluation Process, similar to the Teacher Performance Appraisal Process for all LTOs in a 4 month placement. Please see our calendar of events on this website to register for WRDSB-run in-Service workshops open to all LTO and Occasional Teachers in our Board.
Click here to register for December 10:
http://www.d24tbu.ca/events.php?id=274

Click here to register for December 11:
http://www.d24tbu.ca/events.php?id=275

Survey: Domestic Violence in the Canadian Workplace
Date Posted: Monday December 9 2013

When workers experience domestic violence at home, the impacts are felt in the workplace. A recent study by Justice Canada highlights this fact by estimating that employers lose $77.9 million annually as a result of domestic violence. Unions have worked hard to pressure governents to pass workplace violence legislation that offers some protection for workers experiencing violence in the home. The Canadian Labour Congress in partnership with the University of Western Ontario's Centre for Research and Education on Violence against Women and Children is launching the first nation-wide survey on the impact of domestic violence on workers and workplaces. The survey is available online at:
http://fluidsurveys.com/s/DVatWork/
Any worker over the age of 15 is encouraged to complete the survey, whether or not they have personally experienced or witnessed domestic violence. The survey takes between 10 and 30 minutes to complete. Neither unoin representatives, nor employers will know whether or not someone has participated. Upon completion of the survey, respondents have the option to enter a draw for a tablet computer. All OSSTF members are encouraged to complete the survey.
Provincial Phone Survey to Begin January 8
Date Posted: Thursday December 19 2013

Phone Survey about Your Union:

Message to Members from Paul Elliott, Provincial President of OSSTF:

The OSSTF/FEESO Provincial Executive has authorized Stratcom to conduct a telephone survey of random OSSTF/FEESO members, representing all job classes and regions of the province, regarding their union and the principles of the Together Fairness Works Initiative sponsored by the Canadian Labour Congress and OSSTF/FEESO. The polling will begin January 8 and continue for 3 weeks.

The Provincial Executive is encouraging all members who are contacted to participate in the survey, which will take about 10-12 minutes to complete. If you are called at an inconvenient time by Stratcom ,please ask the caller to call you back at a more convenient time and your request will be respected.

The Provincial Executive appreciates members taking the time to complete the survey and provide valuable input.

Register Your Concern: OCT Fee Hike
Date Posted: Thursday December 19 2013

If you wish to voice your concern about the OCT fee hike, click here for the Email the OCT button on the front page of the Provincial OSSTF website from which members of OSSTF/FEESO who are also members of the Ontario College of Teahcers can send a pre-addressed email to the college about their concern with the recent membership fee increase. It contains a general message to which members may also add their own comments if they so wish.

http://www.osstf.on.ca/emailtheOCT
Occasional Teacher Classroom Management Workshop
Date Posted: Thursday January 9 2014

Please register here for our upcoming Classroom Management Workshop, specifically tailored to the issues concerning OTs!
http://www.d24tbu.ca/events.php?id=276
The workshop will be led by the folks from Provincial OSSTF/FEESO's Ed. Services Dept. and will be held here at the D24 District Office in the Downstairs Classroom.
Call for Applicants for Common Threads VI Team
Date Posted: Wednesday January 22 2014


The Common Threads VI Project, the sixth of its kind, will explore the theme: The Sustainable Society.
OSSTF is looking for members in good standing to join the project team which will develop this teacher resource exploring the approaches taken to achieve/maintain social justice, equity, fairness and democracy by contrasting and comparing two countries: Norway and Venezuela. The team would then examine those approaches in contrast to Canada. To apply, members need to have curriculum writing experience, be available for volunteer work, orientation and travel (2 weeks during July/August 2014). A minimum of one year commitment and a valid passport are also required.

If you are interested in international development projects, are in good health, have skills in curriculum writing, film/videomaking and editing and/or photography, check out the document and application form I have posted on Waterworks!
Nominations Now Open for T/OTBU Elected Positions
Date Posted: Monday February 3 2014

Nominations are now open for the Teachers/Occasional Teachers Bargaining Unit for the elected positions of Chief Negotiator/Grievance Officer(two year term), Vice-President(one year term), Treasurer(one year term) and Secretary(one year term). Paper packages have been sent to your Staff Presidents with a poster and application forms. Electronic versions of these forms can also be found on the OSSTF icon on Waterworks.
Job descriptions of each job are included in the package.

If you are interested in being a delegate to AMPA (Annual Meeting of the Provincial Assembly) to be held the first weekend of March Break, 2015, nomination forms and a job description for delegates is also included in the package.
British Columbia Teachers' Federation Bill 28 Decision
Date Posted: Monday February 3 2014

On January 27, the British Columbia Teachers' Federation won an important court battle in their fight against government intrusions into the collective bargaining process and their collective agreements. Bill 28, in 2002, removed class-size limits and class composition language from the collective bargaining process. Justice Susan Griffin said in her judgment in the ling-running court battle that the government must pay damages for extending to the end of June 2013 changes to collective bargaining that she had already ruled unconstitutional. The provincial government must pay the B.C. Teachers' Federation $2 million in damages and retroactively restore class-size and composition language that was stripped from the teachers' contract in 2002.

This is an interesting case in light of our own court challenge against government intrusions into the collective bargaining process during last year's Bill 115 debacle.

As a reminder, OSSTF/FEESO's court challenge against Bill 115 will be heard in June 2014
Upcoming Benefit Survey: How To Prepare
Date Posted: Tuesday February 4 2014

Subject: Protecting your Interests Protecting your Benefits. Your help required!

OSSTF is committed to helping protect your interests and well-being as an education worker and valued member of the federation. As part of that commitment, your OSSTF leadership is currently exploring the merits of a single, province-wide benefit program for eligible members.
In light of the provincial government’s push to create a two-tier bargaining structure for educational workers employed by school boards across the province, our goal is to ensure that you have continued access to comprehensive, affordable, and sustainable benefits coverage. The Benefits Investigation Project is designed to test the waters, understand your needs and preferences, and consider what a province-wide benefits program might look like.
Help us help you
To exercise a direct voice in the research and assert your benefit needs and wants, we encourage you to participate in an upcoming survey of all OSSTF members. Watch for a follow-up email announcing the survey launch. In the meantime, you can prepare for the survey by reading the Benefits Investigation Project member bulletin and visiting the project website that is accessible from the secure member section of the OSSTF website.
Educators' Financial Group
Date Posted: Wednesday February 5 2014

Many members still do not know that OSSTF owns Educators Financial Group. Many members say they wished they'd heard about this member benefit earlier. Educators is one of Canada's most reputable financial services companies that has exclusively served members of the education community and their families for over thirty years. Educators offers Lines of Credit as low as 3%! Check them out at:
Date Posted: Wednesday February 12 2014

As part of the cost-savings measures required by the Reconciliation Committee to restore a day of pay on March 7 for all members of the TBU, our Short Term Education Leave Fund has been frozen until further notice effective Feb. 12 at 8 a.m.

Any Requests for Funding Approval received after Feb. 12 at 8 a.m. will be returned to you.

Members who had already received approval prior to Feb. 12, may proceed with the regular process of submitting receipts for reimbursement after their event. We would ask that you please be prompt at returning these forms and receipts, esp. if you used Occasional Teacher time.

Should the fund re:open next September, your TBU PD Committee will decide on timing and guidelines for approval of funds for members. Stay tuned.
Petition to Expand the CPP/QPP
Date Posted: Monday February 24 2014

The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) has initiated a petition campaign to expand the Canadian Pension Plan/Quebec Pension Plan. The campaign calls on the Canadian Government to increase pension benefits under both plans and implement a fully funded plan to phase in such an increase without delay. Click here to sign the CLC petition, posted on their website:
http://www.canadianlabour.ca/action-center/pension-fairness
Returning March Edition of Professionally Speaking to the OCT
Date Posted: Wednesday February 26 2014

Our Provincial Executive is asking all members of OSSTF to return their March edition of the Ontario College of Teachers magazine,Professionally Speaking, to their Staff President so that they may be returned to our District Office, where they will be shipped to Provincial Office and returned to the College as a mass protest of their recent 2014 fee increase. It has been made clear to the College that our members are not in support of their fee increase being used to support campaigns to parents, advertising how to report teachers to the College, which is just one example of the OCT working outside of their given mandate.
Please be certain to REMOVE/TEAR OFF the section that indicates your name and address. Magazines returned to the College with the name and address attached will result in the OCT assuming that the member has moved without a forwarding address... This may result in future fees not being collected and a change in their status to "suspended non-payment of fees".

Magazines need to be returned to our District Office via your Staff Presidents by the end of March so they can make it to Provincial Office for "delivery" to the OCT by Friday, April 4.

PLEASE DO NOT USE THE BOARD"S COURIER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROTEST
OFL Our Rights at Work Campaign
Date Posted: Friday February 28 2014

The Ontario Federation of Labour is hosting regional meetings across the province as part of their Our Rights at Work Campaign, aiming to reach union members about the dangers of Tim Hudak and the Conservatives' anti-worker agenda. This campaign is separate from the Together Fairness Works national initiative being rolled out by the Canadian Labour Congress.The Guelph/Waterloo Regional Meeting will be held Monday, April 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex 400 East Ave. Kitchener.

There is no cost but you do need to register by going to:
http://ofl.ca/index.php/campaigns/rightsatwork/
Congratulations to Marion Drysdale Provincial Winner, Ty Dickson
Date Posted: Friday February 28 2014

Congratulations go out to Glenview Park S.S. student, Ty Dickson, for his personal essay, I Want To Become It, which was selected as a Provincial Winner in the Annual Marion Drysdale Student Achievement Awards sponsored by OSSTF. Ty won in the College/Workplace category for Prose and Poetry and will be honoured, along with his teacher, Debra Derman, at the Annual Meeting of the Provincial Assembly of OSSTF on the first weekend of the March Break. The presentation of these awards during AMPA is always a fantastic highlight, stressing the wonderful work our teachers do with students. Ty will be awarded a $1,000.00 cash prize at the event and will be featured in a video explaining his work and the inspiration of his teacher.
Walk so Kids Can Talk for Kids Help Phone
Date Posted: Sunday March 23 2014

Kids Help Phone is the OSSTF/FEESO designated charity and the federation has a proud history of supporting this important organization. Their mission is to improve the well-being of children and youth in Canada by providing them with anonymous and confidential professional counselling, referrals and information in English and French, using a 24 hours a day, seven days a week telephone and online service.

Each year, Kids Help Phone holds its annual charity walk called Walk so Kids Can Talk. This year the Walk will take place in several communities across the province on Sunday, May 4. Consider taking part or creating a school team to take part in the 5 km walk taking place in Kitchener-Waterloo! If interested, here is the link to the website for registration: https://secure.e2rm.com/regV2/regV2.aspx?eventid=137390&langpref=en-CA
Bill 115 Legal Challenge Update
Date Posted: Sunday March 23 2014

An update on the status of our Bill 115 Legal Challenge is now posted on the Provincial OSSTF website in the Members Only section. You will need the member ID and password sent to you in the regular mail on bright orange paper to access this section of the site:
http://www.osstf.ca/MemberLogin
Congratulations to Newly-Acclaimed TBU Executive Officers
Date Posted: Sunday March 23 2014

Congratulations to the following Newly-Acclaimed TBU Executive Officers. All four of these individuals bring passion and experience to their roles on your Teacher/Occasional Teacher Bargaining Unit Executive!


Chief Negotiator/Grievance Officer: Pat Hand (District Office) Acclaimed (two year term)
Vice-President: Darryl Weber (ECI) Acclaimed (one year term)
Treasurer: David VandenBerg (EDSS) Acclaimed (one year term)
Recording Secretary: Ryan Gibb (JHSS) Acclaimed (one year term)
Mom and Baby Playdate Event Rescheduled for April
Date Posted: Sunday March 23 2014

If you are currently one of our Contract, LTO or OT teachers or are the spouse of one of our Contract, LTO or OT teachers, and are on maternity or parental leave, we would love for you to join us for a social coffee and playdate morning here at the office! We will provide morning coffee break, some toys, change table facilities, and movies and snacks for the non-school aged toddlers who may also be in your care. We hope this event will give you a chance to get together with other folks on leave to share stories, build community and just take a break from the seemingly never-ending winter blahs! Dayle Whittaker, our Benefits Officer, will be on hand to answer questions informally re: return to work protocols etc. Please bring a blanket and/or pillow for the floor and a few toys along. Our lower classroom can be accessed from the left side of the building at 225 Centennial Court in Kitchener. The event will run from approx. 9:30 to 11:30 with coffee and greetings from 9:30 to 10:00, a brief song circle/program from 10:00 to 10:30 and free time from 10:30 to 11:30. See our event calendar to the right...click on "View All Events"...go to April 15 and click on Mom and Dad Baby Playdate to register. In addition, please email Sandra Ernst, our Office Manager, on WW to let her know how many children and what ages, will be attending with you, so we can plan accordingly for activities and food!
Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (OTPP) Valuation Summary
Date Posted: Monday May 5 2014

Based on the agreement of the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Partners, the Ontario Teachers Federation (OTF) and the Government of Ontario, a funding valuation will be filed with the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) to amend the inflation protection benefits in the OTPP as follows:
- Restore existing pensioners to the run-rate value of their pensions effective January 1, 2015. This means that pensions-in-pay will be increased to the levels they would have been (as of January 1, 2015) had Conditional Inflation Protection (CIP) never been invoked (at 60% in 2012 and 2013, and at 50% in 2014). However, there will not be any retroactive payments to compensate for foregone inflation, the inflation protection not paid in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
- Restore CIP to 60% on post-2009 credited service (including post-2013 credited service) effective January 1, 2015.
For further information, read the Special Issue Update (attached), consult the Ontario Teachers Federation website or follow the fundingyourpension.com link located within the OTPP information accessible through the Pensions Info for Members button on the Provincial OSSTF/FEESO website.

Provincial Election Heats Up!
Date Posted: Monday May 19 2014

The Provincial Election is heating up in Waterloo County. Your Communications and Political Action Committee is meeting Thursday, May 22 to plan a strategy to help Branch representatives in sharing pertinent riding information, key dates and to help get the vote out on June 12. It's time for each and every one of us to step up and take action to #StopHudak in this Ontario election.
If interested, Thursday, May 22 is also a key date for labour-supported candidate and NDP incumbent, Catherine Fife. Last week, Waterloo Region Labour Council decided to focus their Labour Council meeting on a discussion of election strategy. Over 60 people participated in an excellent meeting. They came away with agreement that all our unions will unite to support Catherine Fife's NDP campaign in the Kitchener-Waterloo riding. Catherine is running a tough re-election fight against a Tim Hudak candidate that is spending the ceiling to try to re-take the riding for the Progressive Conservatives. Our Provincial organization is also supporting Catherine Fife's campaign as an NDP incumbent.


Thursday,May 22, the Fife campaign is organizing a special event to bring together labour activists. We're expecting dozens of labour activists to meet at the campaign office in Waterloo at 5:30pm, get a canvass briefing from the candidate while we're eating a light dinner (we'll feed you), and then head out to neighbourhoods in groups to knock on doors. After a couple of hours on the streets, we'll return to the campaign office to consolidate our information before retiring to the Barley Works for drinks and political conversation.

Please join us! RSVP on the Labour Council website at:
http://www.wrlc.ca/?utm_campaign=fife_office_opg&utm_medium=email&utm_source=wrlc

Meet at 5:50 pm.
Catherine Fife NDP Campaign office
133 Weber St N, Unit 6 (north of Bridgeport)
Waterloo

Then we'll retire to the Barley works at 9 pm at:
The Huether Hotel
59 King St N (south of Bridgeport)
Waterloo
Making the Annual Learning Plan Meaningful
Date Posted: Sunday May 25 2014

The Ministry of Education Teaching Policy and Standard Branch recently announced funding of two phases of projects to make the Annual Learning Plan meaningful. There are 15 Phase One projects currently running with more coming in September. In addition, beginning in the 2014-15 school year, they will be funding board projects to provide professional development opportunities for Long-Term Occasional Teacher Evaluations, Teacher Performance Appraisals and New Teacher Induction Programs.
World Pride 2014 Toronto
Date Posted: Thursday May 29 2014

WorldPride is a celebration that has never been held in North America and World Pride 2014 Toronto is only the fourth such festival in the world. This year Toronto has planned a 10 day festival with hundreds of official, affiliated and labour sponsored events running from June 20-29, 2014.

OSSTF is participating in the WorldPride Human Rights Conference being held at the University of Toronto from June 25-27. Activists, artists, educators, journalists, policymakers, students and others engaged in LGBTQ human rights from around the world will be gathering to have a global dialogue on a full range of LGBTQ issues.

The WorldPride parade is on Sunday, June 29th at 1 p.m. OSSTF has designed and entered a float for the WoldPride Parade. Members are encouraged to attend this festival and end your week by marching with us in the parade! More details to follow re: parade schedule and marching order.
Short Term Educational Leave Re:Opens for 2014/15
Date Posted: Wednesday September 3 2014

The Short Term Educational Leave Fund has now been re:opened for the 2014-15 school year. Applicants can click on the STEL tab on the front page of this website to download both the Application form and the Guidelines document.
There have been minor changes made to the guidelines document. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY or risk your application being declined. The STEL fund is open to ALL contract and LTO teachers and applications are handled on a first-come, first-served basis.
People for Education Survey Launch
Date Posted: Monday September 8 2014

People for Education launched their Measuring What Matters survey on September 1st. As an independent organization working to support public education in Ontario's English, French and Catholic schools, People for Education hopes to get a sense of what people (teachers, support staff, parents, principals, community members, general public) think about success in education.

OSSTF/FEESO is encouraging its members to participate in the survey. The survey has already had a huge response, but OSSTF/FEESO members' involvement has been specifically requested.

The survey is available in English and French. The link is
Educational Services Conference 2014: Fuelling Our Fire Nov. 6-7
Date Posted: Saturday September 20 2014

As part of the Federation role in supporting the important work of our members, OSSTF/FEESO remains committed to providing its members with quality professional development. The 2014 Fueling Our Fire / Alimenter notre feu conference and registration information is available on the OSSTF/FEESO website. The Educational Services Committee is pleased to offer this professional growth opportunity to inspire members in their varied roles and responsibilities. Transportation costs for delegates will be provided in keeping with the Federation Activity Allowable Expenditure Guidelines 2014-2015. Time release and hotel accommodations are the responsibility of the delegate. A special hotel guest room rate of $135.00 (plus taxes) is available for delegates booking before October 22, 2014. OSSTF/FEESO members are offered a reduced registration fee of $150.00. Everyone is encouraged to register for the conference prior to the October 20, 2014 deadline. For more information please contact Karen Metherall, Conference Coordinator, at 416-751-8300 x 320 or 1-800-267-7867 or karen.metherall@osstf.ca.
Canadian Survey on the Impact of Domestic Violence in the Workplace
Date Posted: Saturday September 20 2014

The first ever survey of Canadian workers to research the impact of domestic violence in the workplace is now complete. Workers from across Canada were invited to participate in this important research between December 6, 2013 and June 6, 2014. The final number of completed surveys is 7726.

This important data is now being analyzed by the University of Western Ontario. Findings of the research will be released on December 6, 2014, the 25th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre.
National Inventory Project on Intervention Strategies for LGBTQ students
Date Posted: Saturday September 20 2014

During the 2013/14 school year, OSSTF/FEESO was asked to endorse a research project led by the University of Winnipeg. The Provincial Executive approved support for the project and OSSTF/FEESO was recently provided with an update on the project. Researchers closed data collection on the national superintendent survey of school district intervention strategies on Friday, June 13, 2014 with roughly 180 school district responses out of a total of approximately 430 school districts throughout the country. This is a substantial response and will allow the National Inventory research team to map the intervention strategies for LGBTQ-inclusive schools being implemented across Canada. OSSTF/FEESO will continue to be kept informed as the work proceeds.
Coming in November: Provincial Platform for Knowledge Exchange on the Web
Date Posted: Saturday September 20 2014

OTF and the Ministry of Education have been working with TVO to develop a web-based platform to share educational resources. Initial focus group testing is complete and first edits have been uploaded. A second group of testers has been reviewing throughout August and all parties are hopeful that this resources will be available to all educators in Ontario by November.

Educational Services Department staff will continue to monitor the progress and will communicate instructions about how to join and navigate this new space as soon as it is ready.
October 6 Membership Meeting
Date Posted: Saturday September 20 2014

October 6 is a an important all-member, all-Bargaining Unit District Meeting at Bingeman Park Marshall Hall starting at 7 p.m. All members should have received a letter from Provincial President, Paul Elliott, outlining the importance of attending this meeting and detailing voting procedures in the days to follow. Some members may also have received a phone out call from President Elliott to their home landlines. Paul Elliott has also posted a video and several Bargaining Bulletins behind the member log-in section of the Provincial website at
http://www.osstf.ca

Members who did not receive or may have misplaced their hard copy of the mailslotted letter can download the document in two pages here behind the member login section on this website under the Documents or Occasional Teachers Documents tabs.
New OSSTF Advice for Associate Teachers
Date Posted: Saturday September 27 2014

All teachers have benefitted from the mentorship of Associate Teachers who welcomed them into their classrooms to complete their practicum placements.
The brochure OSSTF/FEESO Advice for Associate Teachers (under Related Attachments) and the five webinars (under Related Links) created to support this brochure will provide Associate Teachers with some information and advice to consider when giving back to the teaching profession.
Each module is a Powerpoint with embedded audio which takes approximately 10-15 minutes to listen to and each deals with a specific aspect of the role of the Associate Teacher.
You can find these helpful resources on the Provincial OSSTF website at: http://www.osstf.on.ca/en-CA/resource-centre/guidelines-and-advice/advice-for-associate-teachers
Better Choices Waterloo Region Endorsement Process
Date Posted: Wednesday October 1 2014

Most of the candidates we are endorsing in the Oct. 27 Municipal Election are those candidates who participated in the Better Choices Waterloo Region Endorsement Process.

To read about Better Choices and their endorsement process go to:
http://www.betterchoiceswr.ca
World Teachers Day October 5
Date Posted: Friday October 3 2014

October 5, 2014 is World Teachers Day. This year, we celebrate teachers who educate our students to be better global citizens and to respect cultural diversity with the theme "Invest in the Future, Invest in Teachers".

Ontario is home to citizens from around the world and that makes diversity one of the greatest strengths of Ontario’s public schools. Students are exposed to all the cultures that make Canada such a unique and vibrant place to live. And with the encouragement of their teachers and school support staff, students learn the importance of understanding, embracing diversity and working together. It’s good for Ontario. It’s good for our future.

World Teachers Day is an opportunity to recognize the efforts of educators in our communities and around the world in creating a better future for all students. Teachers are the cornerstones of our public education system which, in turn, is the cornerstone of a civil society. They play a vital role in preparing our young people in their development as caring, honest and industrious human beings and are active agents and advocates for the transformation of a global society into a better place for all.

On October 5 we recognize the contributions made by teachers throughout the world and within our own Region. We would also like to recognize the efforts of all of our support staff in the Waterloo Region District School Board. Their many efforts to support our teaching staff and students help to ensure that an outstanding education system continues to exist within the Region.

We must remember that the example we set is not the main thing influencing others, it is the only thing. Each of us, individually and collectively, has a tremendous influence on how we choose to shape our society for future generations.

Thank you for all you do for our students and for the future!

Ted Martin, Chairperson, WRDSB
John Bryant, Director of Education
Nathan Core, President ETFO Waterloo OTs
Sherry Freund, President OSSTF District 24 TBU
Greg Weiler, President ETFO-WRTL
Windsor Faculty Association Reaches Tentative Agreement
Date Posted: Friday October 3 2014

Earlier this month, we provided information that we had received about a possible strike by the Windsor
University Faculty Association (WUFA). We also shared with Branch leaders, the OTF Policy regarding
practicum in the event of such a strike, namely that our members would not provide associate
teaching services if faculty is on strike.
OSSTF/FEESO has learned that a tentative agreement has been reached between WUFA and the
university. WUFA and the Administration reached a tentative agreement in the early hours of Friday Oct. 3, 2014. There will be a Ratification Meeting and Ratification Vote next week.
As such, practicum for the Windsor University teacher candidates will go ahead as planned
on Monday October 6, 2014.
If the agreement is not ratified, and sanctions do occur, further communication will follow as quickly
as possible.
My Union Video Series
Date Posted: Friday October 31 2014

OSSTF's Communications and Political Action Department will be producing a series of professional quality videos highlighting OSSTF/FEESO's activities in social and educational causes, and concrete ways in which our union has a positive impact on the lives of both our members and the community at large.

To facilitate this, the CPA Dept. is seeking individual members from with our districts and bargaining units to tell their stories about the role the Federation hs played in supporting their social and community activism.

I am asking local members to let me know if you would be willing to participate in this project by sharing your appreciation of the support you have received from the Federation in one or more of the following areas:

-Human Rights (inc. for example, LGBTQ and women's rights activism and engagement in First Nations issues)
-Environmental Issues
-Promoting Literacy in the Community
-Charitable Work
-Any other way in which the Federation has supported you to make a positive difference within your community.

We are obviously looking for members who will be enthusiastic, dynamic and articulate on film and who represent the diversity of our membership.

Please contact me here at the office by phone 519-571-0331 or email sherryfreund@bellnet.ca if interested.
Educational Services Resource Bank Now Available
Date Posted: Thursday November 13 2014

A bank of OSSTF members who are good presenters/speakers is now available at
http://www.osstf.on.ca/ESRB
Marion Drysdale Awards District Winners
Date Posted: Monday January 5 2015

We are pleased to announce the District 24 selected entries to the Regional and Provincial level of the Marion Drysdale Awards.
This year's theme was Transforming Character(s)

Owen James Harrison's poem, "Colin Fraser Baron:Horrors of War" was entered in the Intermediate Academic 9-10 Category for Prose and Poetry. Owen is from KCI and his teacher is Jennifer Spaulding.

Breanna Gehl's poem, "A Recipe for Transforming Your Character" was entered in the Senior University 11-12 category for Prose and Poetry. Breanna is from CHCI and her teacher is Nanci Henderson.

Good luck to both entrants!
UWO Mental Health Survey
Date Posted: Thursday January 8 2015

UWO Mental Health Survey

Kirsten Marko, a graduate student at the Faculty of Education at the University of Western Ontario, is conducting research into the experiences of stress, burnout and mental health in the lives of education workers.

The study will explore mental health and wellness, stress and the experience of seeking help, balancing work life and home life and burnout among education professionals. The goal of this study is to develop an understanding of the needs, strengths and challenges faced by people who work in the education system. All members of OSSTF/FEESO are encouraged to participate in this study by completing an online survey, which will take approximately 15 minutes. Participation is voluntary. Information regarding the research study is available on the survey website.

The survey website can be found at https://uwo.eu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8H9M7myuxjnLOM5
Bill 115 Charter Challenge Update
Date Posted: Thursday January 29 2015

According to the Report of our General Secretary, Pierre Cote at the recent meeting of Provincial Council in January, Supreme Court Justice Himel has ruled that the decisions in several other key cases need to be available before our case can go forward. For that reason, our timetable has been delayed to after November 2016. It is likely it will be 2017 before the OSSTF hearing takes place.
International Women's Day Lunch
Date Posted: Friday February 6 2015

OSSTF has sponsored a table and more tickets are available for attendance at the Canadian Labour Congress-Ontario Region and the Women's Committee of the Waterloo Regional Labour Council International Women's Day 2015 Celebration Lunch on Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 11:00 to 2:00 Doors open at 10:30 and lunch is served promptly at 12:00 p.m.

The event includes guest speakers, lunch, door prizes, raffle prizes and a 50/50 draw. ALL proceeds will be donated to Anselma House, Haven House and Mary's Place - Women's Crisis Services of Waterloo Region

If interested in attending as an OSSTF District 24 member, please contact Sherry Freund on Waterworks
Domestic Violence at Work Survey Results
Date Posted: Tuesday March 3 2015

On November 27, 2014, the Canadian Labour Congress and researchers from Western University released the results of a groundbreaking survey on Domestic Violence and the Workplace. The first ever Canadian study showed us that domestic violence affects significant numbers of workers, and that the violence impacts them and their colleagues at work.

As International Womens Day approaches, we are provided an opportunity to continue the conversation about important issues impacting women. While March 8th celebrates women, each day gives unions, employers and governments the chance to examine the harsh realities that impact women and their coworkers. To see the results of the study and watch the video used to promote the research, please visit
http:www.domesticviolenceatwork.ca

The CLC is committed to ongoing work with the federal government; OSSTF/FEESO is committed to promising practices to address the impact of domestic violence at work. To learn more about available OSSTF/FEESO workshops and resources regarding this important issue, please contact suzette.clark@osstf.ca at provincial office.
The Ontario Common Front Anti-Poverty Assembly April 17-18
Date Posted: Thursday April 2 2015

The Ontario Common Front and the Ontario Federation of Labour are hosting a province-wide Anti-Poverty Assembly from April 17-18, 2015 in Toronto. This assembly will bring together community and labour activists to launch a united campaign against poverty and inequality in all its forms and draft, develop and launch a “Solidarity Against Inequality” campaign. This campaign is designed to put pressure on the governments of Ontario and Canada to take meaningful and immediate action to end poverty in all of its forms.
The Assembly begins at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 17 and ends at 8:30 pm. On Saturday, April 18, the Assembly runs from 9 am to 6 pm. It will be held at the OISE Building, 252 Bloor St. W., University of Toronto.
Renowned Québec student leader and award-winning author Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois is the keynote speaker on the opening night of the Ontario Common Front Anti-Poverty Assembly.

For more information and to register please go to
http://weareontario.ca/index.php/AntiPovertyAssembly/

OSSTF/FEESO members are encouraged to consider attending the Anti-Poverty Assembly.
Walk So Kids Can Talk Annual Charity Walk
Date Posted: Thursday April 2 2015

Kids Help Phone is the OSSTF designated charity that we have a proud history of supporting. Its mission is to improve the well-being of children and youth in Canada by providing
them with anonymous and confidential professional counselling, referrals and information in
English and French, using a 24 hour a day, 7 days a week telephone and online service.
Each year, Kids Help Phone holds its annual charity walk called Walk so Kids Can Talk. Many
districts/bargaining units have organized OSSTF teams to participate in a walk in their
local areas. This has proven to be a great opportunity to help raise funds for Kids Help Phone
and to highlight the federations work in the community.
This year, the Walk so Kids Can Talk will take place in several communities across the province
on Sunday, May 3. Kids Help Phone will also assist with groups that want
to organize their own walk on May 3 if one has not already been arranged.
Information and registration of individuals and teams to collect donations and participate in the
Walk can be found at
http://www.walksokidscantalk.ca/.
Provincial and Local Negotiations
Date Posted: Tuesday May 12 2015

As both Provincial and Local Negotiations continue across the Province, members may want to check the Provincial OSSTF website page entitled: In the Media for recent video, print and social media news from across the province.

Follow this link for the In the Media page:
http://www.osstf.on.ca/en-CA/labour-action-2015/in-the-media
First Nations Metis and Inuit Advisory Work Group Vacancies
Date Posted: Wednesday September 16 2015

The OSSTF/FEESO Provincial Executive is seeking up to TWO (2) First Nations, Metis or Inuit members who may be interested in being selected for the OSSTF/FEESO First Nations, Metis and Inuit Advisory Work Group. The terms of reference are found in OSSTF/FEESO Bylaw 12.9.11. The First Nations, Metis and Inuit Advisory Work Group shall advise the Provincial Executive on any matters related to issues affecting First Nations, Metis and Inuit people and such other matters as may be referred to it by the Provincial Executive. It is anticipated that the work group will meet three (3) times per year either by teleconference or in person in Toronto. All associated costs will be covered by provincial office as per 2015-2016 Federation Activity Allowable Expenditure Guidelines.

If interested, you will need to contact your TBU President, Sherry Freund for more information since she will need to include a statement of suitability about you. Applications are due by no later than Monday, October 2.
Showing Solidarity for OSSTF Support Staff
Date Posted: Friday October 2 2015

On October 5, over 18,000 support staff members of OSSTF/FEESO will begin Phase 1 of central strike action in public and Catholic school boards across Ontario. Those members of OSSTF/FEESO who are not currently involved in strike action are strongly encouraged to show solidarity with fellow OSSTF/FEESO support staff members who will be involved in job action.

We ask all OSSTF/FEESO members who are employed at worksites where OSSTF/FEESO members are engaged in a selective withdrawal of services to become familiar with those sanctions, and to conscientiously avoid undertaking any work normally performed by OSSTF/FEESO members and targeted by this job action.

Job sanctions by OSSTF/FEESO Support Staff members are listed in Collective Bargaining Bulletin #56 in the Members Only section of the provincial website.This bulletin was also sent to your personal email via our mass email system.
Syrian Refugee Crisis Aid
Date Posted: Friday October 2 2015

Supporting Syrian Refugees

Over the last four and a half years, conditions for the citizens of Syria have deteriorated dramatically. What began as the Arab Spring protest has become a brutal war resulting in devastation across Syria. To date, it is estimated that close to a quarter of a million Syrians have been killed, almost eight million Syrians have been displaced and more than four million Syrians have fled the country as refugees.

This unprecedented exodus of refugees has created an extraordinary crisis. Recent events have brought this crisis to global attention, and now is the time for all of us to take action. The Canadian Labour Congress, in conjunction with the Canadian Council on Refugees, has established a special CLC International Assistance Fund to help sponsor and support the settlement of Syrian refugees in Canada. OSSTF has approved a donation of $5,000 to this fund. This donation is in addition to the $5,000 that we donated for Syrian refugees in May of 2015 to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Your District 24 Teacher Executive has also donated $500.00 to the CLC International Assistance Fund.

Our President, Paul Elliott, is encouraging each one of you to join your federation and make a donation to help the refugees of Syria. We recommend two ways to make your donation go further.

1. OSSTF has approved a doubling campaign that will help sponsor and support the settlement of Syrian refugees in Canada. This option uses the OSSTF Humanity Fund to match member and district donations. To make your donation to this campaign send your cheque payable to:

OSSTF Humanity Fund
Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation
60 Mobile Drive
Toronto, Ontario M4A 2P3

Cheques must be received by December 1, 2015. OSSTF will issue you a tax receipt, match all contributions to a maximum of $15,000 and donate the doubled amount on the federations behalf to the CLC International Assistance Fund.

2. To support refugees who are in need in and around Syria, we encourage you to donate directly to OXFAM Syria Emergency Relief Fund. This fund has already reached over 1.5 million people, across Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, who have been impacted by the Syrian crisis. Individual Canadians who take advantage of this option will have their
donations matched by the Canadian government if they are received before December 31, 2015. Donations to this fund can be made online at:
http://www.oxfam.ca/syriacrisis/

For information about Syrian Refugee donations, please contact Wayne Milliner at
wayne.milliner@osstf.ca at the Provincial Office.
Thank you for helping to make a difference.
OSSTF Humanity Fund is a CRA registered charity.
Student Achievement Awards 2016
Date Posted: Saturday October 3 2015

Once again OSSTF/FEESO is pleased to announce the opening of the annual Student Achievement Awards. Two bilingual posters were delivered to each workplace to promote both the $1,000 provincial prizes, and this year’s theme: Laugh Out Loud.

As usual, students are encouraged to produce written, visual and digital pieces that address the assigned theme with thought and creativity. Schools must submit their winning entries to local district offices no later than November 20, 2015. District Offices then submit their winning pieces to the Provincial Office by December 4, 2015. Provincial winners are then feted at AMPA in March.

A student with the support of an OSSTF/FEESO member who has worked directly with the student, will submit an original piece of writing, visual art or video based on this year’s theme, “Laugh Out Loud.”

Guidelines and entry forms for the Student Achievement Awards are available online at http://www.osstf.on.ca/studentachievementawards/
For more information, please contact Randy Banderob at 416-751-8300 or 1-800-267-7867 or by email at randy.banderob@osstf.ca.
District Human Rights Committee Mandate
Date Posted: Wednesday October 21 2015

The District Human Rights Committee, now in its second year, has created a Mission Statement and Set of Goals. this committee is open to members of all Bargaining Units. Please contact Sherry Freund via email at sherryfreund@bellnet.ca if interested in joining this committee.

Mission Statement:

The District 24 HRC exists to inform and educate all members of human rights legislation, and issues in Canada, Ontario and within their workplace; and to research and direct members to relevant resources that can assist them in achieving equity and inclusion.


The Goals of the District Human Rights Committee (DHRC) will be:

- to identify needs within the membership surrounding human rights issues and thereby develop avenues to address those needs;

- to provide recommendations to all Bargaining Units regarding policies and procedures that will be effective in ensuring equity and inclusiveness for individuals within different workplace settings;

- to develop extensive and authentic resources that will create an awareness of human rights across the system,

- to be aware of and understand issues of human rights that impact individuals within the Bargaining Units;

- to create awareness amongst members within the District of events and speakers that address human rights (specific or general),and to encourage members to participate in such events;

- to offer pertinent workshops to our members about human rights issues and to enable members to direct with regard to workshops and speakers, which serve to address issues in an authentic manner;

- to write articles for OSSTF and other publications that serve to raise the consciousness level and sensitivity concerning current educational issues from a human rights perspective;

- to act as an informational group to local leaders (District Executive) when dealing with unique issues that are based on, but not limited to the issues of equity with regards to: religion, race and/or ethnicity, physical / mental exceptionalities, socioeconomic disadvantage, sexual orientation and/or identity and gender (inclusive of steering groups committed to individual issues of equity and inclusion);

- to encourage a human rights contact person from each work site who can support the mandate of this committee, with a view to creating allies and advocates across the system and who can disseminate information from the DHRC;

- to encourage the creation of a human rights representative from each Bargaining Unit on the DHRC;

- to be an advocate with regard to human rights issues, encompassing social justice within the system, as well as within the community.
Dayle Whittaker appointed to Provincial Bendfits Advisory Ad Hoc Work Group
Date Posted: Thursday January 7 2016

At the November 18, 2015 Provincial Executive meeting, the following motion was passed:
BIRT the Provincial Executive create an advisory work group consisting of 12 members (four to be members of Provincial Council selected by the Chair and eight selected by Provincial Executive in accordance with the usual application criteria, and to ensure representation from self-run plans) plus two Provincial Executive members, two staff (one Protective Services Department member, one Communications/Political Action Department member)and two Associate General Secretaries to advise the Provincial Executive on provincial benefits plan design and associated funding requirements.
The work group will consist of up to 12 members from local bargaining units. As the motion indicates, four members of the advisory group will be members of Provincial Council and selected by the Chair. Eight members will be selected by the Provincial Executive. Applying as a member of Provincial Council will not exclude leaders from being considered by the Provincial Executive.
The Provincial Executive would like to thank the local leaders who put their names forward to participate on this work group.
The Provincial Executive has appointed the following to the Benefits Advisory Work Group:
Cindy Hayward District #5A
Debbie Olesen District #7
Betty-Jo Raddin District #7
Olga De Melo District #12
John Mazara District #15
Mary Arseneau District #19
Dayle Whittaker District #24
Sandy Stewart District #25
Application to Provincial Standing Committees and Councils
Date Posted: Thursday January 7 2016

The application for Provincial Standing Committees and Councils for 2016-2017 is now
available on the OSSTF/FEESO website.

List of Provincial Standing Committees and Councils:
Certification Council/Certification Appeal Board Finance Committee
Collective Bargaining Committee
Health & Safety/Workplace Safety Insurance Act Committee
Comite des service en langue francaise
Human Rights Committee
Communications/Political Action Committee
Parliamentary and Constitution Council
Educational Services Committee Status of Women Committee

Members are encouraged to complete the application on-line rather than downloading the
application. The on-line form has drop down boxes for quick data entry as well as automated
features for submitting copies to both Provincial Office and local Provincial Councillors. The
direct link is http://www.osstf.on.ca/provincial-council-application, which also contains informationregarding the Committees including the Statement of Needs.

The applications must be in on time in order to be considered. The deadline is March 1, 2016.
Applications received after that time will be considered late and will only be considered for
appointment if there are insufficient on-time applications for a specific committee/council.
Domestic Violence at Work New Online Resource
Date Posted: Tuesday January 26 2016

As part of the continued commitment of the Canadian Labour Congress to keep people safe at work, the CLC has recently launched a new online resource. This website provides important information to union representatives about domestic violence as it impacts the workplace.

According to the CLC December 6th statement, Our new resource centre will include tools and
strategies for union leaders, representatives and members to help build awareness, break the
silence, and improve workplace safety for everyone. The information can be found at
http://www.domesticviolenceatwork.ca

A new poster/brochure has been developed and will be distributed in January. Domestic violence is a union concern and this website will assist local leaders in building awareness, supporting members and holding employers accountable for their obligations under the Occupational Health & Safety Act.

OSSTF/FEESO encourages local leaders to visit the website and learn more about how to support members who are experiencing domestic violence.
Workplace Environment Ad Hoc Work Group
Date Posted: Tuesday January 26 2016

AMPA 2015 created an Ad Hoc Work Group to develop a strategy to allow Districts/Bargaining Units to propose a joint strategy to clearly identify the sources of psychological hazards and work towards common strategies at all levels at the organization to stem the tide of stressful and psychologically harmful workplaces.

The Work Group requires the participation of four (members) from the field who have experience in dealing with these issues. The work of the work group will include the preparation of materials for local adaptation and the creation of a workshop for Leadership 2016.

Interested members should submit their names along with a brief description of their experience in this realm to Jane Ste. Marie no later than Friday, February 5th by 4:00 p.m. at jane.stemarie@osstf.ca

It is anticipated that the group will meet a minimum of four times.
Pink Shirt Days to Fight Bullying
Date Posted: Tuesday January 26 2016

Pink Shirt Day on February 24 and Day of Pink on April 13 this year provide opportunities to take positive action to end discrimination and bullying while celebrating diversity. OSSTf/FEESO members take seriously their responsibilities to address all forms of bullying and harassment in our schools and workplaces.

OSSTF/FEESO has produced helpful resources fro members including
Shout Out Agaisnt Homophobia, Biphobia, Transphobia and Heterosexism, which can be found at this link:
http://www.osstf.on.ca/shoutout
Still Not Laughing, a resource that challenges secual and gender-based harassment in schools which can be found at this link:
http://www.osstf.on.ca/SNL
Additional resources can be found on the Pink Shirt Day website at:
http://www.pinkshirtday.ca
or the Day of Pink website at:
http://www.dayofpink.org
EDSS Student Kyle Wray wins Regional Marion Drysdale Award
Date Posted: Wednesday January 27 2016

The 2016 Student Achievement Awards received an extensive variety of creative submissions from across the province. Last years Recognition and Promotion Subcommittee of CPAC chose the theme Laugh Out Loud and it certainly captured the imaginations of students.

After receiving district-winning entries in December, submissions went through rigorous Regional and Provincial judging. The Regional and Provincial winners can be found below.

Congratulations go out to Kyle Wray from Elmira District Secondary School and his teacher, Nanci Henderson. Kyle was named the Regional Winner for Region 3 for the story he submitted in the Grade 9-10 Applied/Essential Category!

Please celebrate these achievements within your district and continue to promote this important
awards program.

REGIONAL WINNERS
Prose & Poetry Division

Category A1 - Intermediate, 9-10 Academic
Region 1: Autumn Ziebarth, Hammarskjold High School, District 6A
Region 3: Sara Linjacki, Northern Collegiate Institute and Vocational School, District 10
Region 4: Mikaila Cober, Sir William Mulock Secondary School, District 16
Region 5: Emma Lee, Osgoode Township High School, District 25

Category A2 - Intermediate, 9-10 Applied/Essential
Region 3: Kyle Wray, Elmira District Secondary School, District 24
Region 4: Rosie Leggott, Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School, District 21
Region 5: Stéphanie Swolfs, Académie catholique Ange-Gabriel, District 33, Unité 66

Category A3 - Senior, 11-12 University
Region 1: Amber Ziebarth, Hammarskjold High School, District 6A
Region 3: Michelle Yao, Northern Collegiate Institute and Vocational School, District 10
Region 4: Manveer Kalirai, Iroquois Ridge High School, District 20
Region 5: Veronica Gordanier, South Grenville District High School, District 26

Category A4 - Senior, 11-12 College/Workplace
Region 1: Jake McEachern, Hammarskjold High School, District 6A
Region 3: Amal Iftikhar, Westminster Secondary School, District 11
Region 4: Kalvin Thye, Bloor Collegiate Institute, District 12
Region 5: Alexandra Mathewson, Académie catholique Ange-Gabriel, District 33, Unité 66

Category A5 - French
Region 2: Sylia Beaupré, École secondaire Macdonald-Cartier, District 31, Unité 57
Region 3: Alexandra Vaupotic, Walkerville Collegiate Institute, District 9
Region 4: Christina Mohan, Harold M. Brathwaite Secondary School, District 19
Region 5: Jamie Nagel, I.E. Weldon Secondary School, District 15

Creative Division
Category B1 - Visual Arts, Intermediate, 9-10
Region 1: Emma Jutila, Sir Winston Churchill Collegiate & Vocational Institute, District 6A
Region 3: Rayne Cauchi, South Collegiate Institute, District 11
Region 4: Jenny Zhang, Harold M. Brathwaite Secondary School, District 19
Region 5: Alicia Kent, Bayside Secondary School, District 29

Category B2 - Visual Arts, Senior, 11-12
Region 1: Brianna Johnson, Superior Collegiate and Vocational Institute, District 6A
Region 2: Sereena Brunelle, École secondaire Macdonald-Cartier, District 31, Unité 57
Region 3: Shreya Patki, Vincent Massey Secondary School, District 9
Region 4: Alifa Frebrian, Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School, District 21
Region 5: Briana Godden, Bayside Secondary School, District 29

Category B3 - Digital Arts, 9-12
Region 1: Dallas Fisher and Alex Fortier, Geraldton Composite High School, District 6B
Region 3: Jordan McLean, H. B. Beal Secondary School, District 11
Region 4: Clara Mustata, Glenforest Secondary School, District 19
Region 5: Evan Lumbers, Moira Secondary School, District 29

PROVINCIAL WINNERS
Prose & Poetry Division

Category A1 - Intermediate, 9-10 Academic
Region 5: Emma Lee, Osgoode Township High School, District 25

Category A2 - Intermediate, 9-10 Applied/Essential
Region 4: Rosie Leggott, Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School, District 21

Category A3 - Senior, 11-12 University
Region 4: Manveer Kalirai, Iroquois Ridge High School, District 20

Category A4 - Senior, 11-12 College/Workplace
Region 4: Kalvin Thye, Bloor Collegiate Institute, District 12

Category A5 - French
Region 3: Alexandra Vaupotic, Walkerville Collegiate Institute, District 9

Creative Division
Category B1 - Visual Arts, Intermediate, 9-10
Region 3: Rayne Cauchi, South Collegiate Institute, District 11


Category B2 - Visual Arts, Senior, 11-12
Region 4: Alifa Frebrian, Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School, District 21

Category B3 - Digital Arts, 9-12
Region 4: Clara Mustata, Glenforest Secondary School, District 19
Roseneath Theatre Company production of Outside
Date Posted: Wednesday February 3 2016

Roseneath Theatre Company has been taking anti-bullying/anti-homophobia/mental health theatre productions to schools for 30 years.

Roseneath Theatre Company has been taking anti-bullying /anti-homophobia/mental health theatre productions to schools for 30 years. Roseneath recently received funding through the Musagetes Fund and the KW Foundation to bring their production of Outside to schools in the K-W, Guelph, and Wellington County region, but they are having a hard time finding a school that has interest in booking.

They are looking to connect with education workers and teachers who are responsible for these types of school bookings. They are very excited to bring this production to an area that might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience this valuable piece of theatre.

If interested, please contact:
Annemieke Wade | Managing Director
Roseneath Theatre | 416-686-5199 x 221 | http://www.roseneath.ca
OSSTF Provincial Benefits Update
Date Posted: Monday April 18 2016

The Central Table Agreement that was ratified by OSSTF bargaining units included the prospect of moving all OSSTF members that are currently in a school board benefit plan into a single Provincial Benefit Plan. As you may suspect, this process is very complicated and involves many steps. A key requirement for the plan to move forward is the determination of adequate funding for the comprehensive health and dental plan. OSSTF is in the process of verifying the school board funding contributions to the plan. Assuming sufficient funding is identified, OSSTF will then be in a position to begin implementation of a Provincial Benefit Plan as outlined in the steps below.

An OSSTF work group was struck to review current health and dental plan designs that OSSTF members participate in and to study current trends in benefit plan design. This work group will ultimately create a draft Provincial Benefit Plan design that will go to the OSSTF Provincial Executive and Provincial Council for approval. This approval process is scheduled to be completed by early June, 2016. The plan design will be introduced to all OSSTF benefit plan members in September, 2016.

Another major task in moving OSSTF members to a new Provincial Benefit Plan is the transfer of member information from the current employer database to the Provincial Benefit Plan database. With the assistance of OTIP, the necessary infrastructure is now in place. Meetings are being held with school board human resources officials to ensure the transfer of information is seamless and that privacy of the information is protected. Prior to the plan start up, you will be asked to update and verify your benefit plan information in the new system. More detailed communication on the plan sign-on will be coming in future communications.

As you know, the Central Agreement ensures that your access to your current benefit plan is protected until your transition to the Provincial Benefit Plan. Moving all OSSTF benefit plan members to the new Provincial Benefit Plan at the same time would exceed the capacity of the database system. OSSTF members will transition to the new Provincial Benefit Plan in waves beginning in the fall of 2016.

The Provincial Benefit Plan will be governed by a 9 member Employee Life and Health Trust. Four trustees to the ELHT will be appointed by the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association and five will be appointed by OSSTF. The five appointed by OSSTF will be comprised of the following:

An active member
An active or retired member
2 staff of OSSTF
And an appointee, not affiliated with OSSTF

OSSTF/FEESO has appointed the following trustees to the trust:

1) Desiree Francis
Former OSSTF/FEESO Executive Member
Active or Retired Member Trustee
2) Randy McGlynn
Former CEO of the Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan
Independent Trustee
3) Dayle Whittaker
Benefits Officer – District 24 Waterloo
Active Member Trustee
4) Associate General Secretary – Professional Services
5) Associate General Secretary – Protective Services

You will be kept up to date with the progress of the Provincial Benefit Plan with regular communications via newsletters, web postings and bargaining unit meetings. A Question & Answer document is being developed.
If you have any questions, please contact:

Dale Leckie, Executive Director
OSSTF Benefits
Dale.leckie@osstfbenefits.ca

Diane Yocom, Administrator
OSSTF Benefits
Diane.yocom@osstfbenefits.ca
OSSTF Regional Math Symposia 2016
Date Posted: Wednesday April 20 2016

OSSTF has received additional funding to support professional development opportunities to specifically enhance math supports in the classroom. This funding is based upon the original January 8, 2014 announcement from the Ministry of Education.

The Educational Services Department of OSSTF is planning for the delivery of regional events to provide the content of earlier OSSTF Math Forums (2014 and 2015) to more members. Regional sessions will offer keynote and workshop presentations to promote balanced learning that focuses on critical thinking and problem solving, and practice in basic math operations. Each symposium will also provide an opportunity to explore how to better understand and engage learners.

Our regional math symposium is being held in Collingwood, Ontario on Monday, May 30th
Registration to attend the symposium, fully funded by OSSTF through the Ministry of Education, is available to the following OSSTF members:

one academic math teacher per secondary school
one applied/essential math teacher per secondary school

If interested, please contact Sherry Freund at sherryfreund@bellnet.ca and registrations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.
Break Open, Burst Out: Authentic Leadership for Women of Colour
Date Posted: Thursday April 21 2016

Presidents were asked to forward this info to interested OSSTF women members who are of First Nations, Metis, Inuit background or persons of colour. These members are encouraged to examine the information for an on-line resource for Break Open, Bust Out: Authentic Leadership for Women of Colour available at this website:
http://animaleadership.com/training/break_open/
The Provincial Executive has approved the payment of the registration fee for up to 10 OSSTF members to participate in this 6-week on-line leadership program for Indigenous Women and Women of Colour. The on-line program will run from May 2 -June 6, 2016. The information is available in English only; funding for participation will be provided on a first come, first served basis.
Offered by Annahid Dashtgard, the program uses an innovative and holistic philosophy that combines concrete leadership training with community responsibility and spiritual awareness. Annahid has over twenty years’ experience designing systemic change initiatives and coordinating programs at local, national and international levels, in government, education, non-profit and healthcare sectors. She has worked with organizations such as: The Centre for Social Innovation, United World Colleges Network, The Council of Canadians, The Centre for Social Justice, Canadian Labour Congress, Tatamagouche Education Centre, Oxfam Canada and Planned Parenthood.
Questions about accessing funding to participation through provincial office may be directed to Rosemary Judd-Archer. Interested members are encouraged to submit their names to rosemary.judd-archer@osstf.ca, as quickly as possible.
Common Threads VI Resource Now Available
Date Posted: Thursday May 12 2016

OSSTF/FEESO is excited to announce the release of the sixth Common Threads Project:
The Sustainable Society.
The Common Threads VI Project is a culmination of the work done over the past two and a half years by six members
of OSSTF/FEESO from across Ontario. The Project explores the approaches taken to achieve and maintain social justice, equity, fairness, and democracy by contrasting and comparing two countries, Norway and Venezuela, and how each uses its petroleum resource to promote a Sustainable Society.
Unlike the release on CD/DVD of the previous five projects, The Sustainable Society is being
released electronically on the OSSTF/FEESO website:
http://www.osstf.on.ca/common-threads-sustainable-society
Unit One is now available on the website with Units Two, Three and Four to be made available
over the next few weeks.
For a more in-depth and interactive exploration of this resource, workshops are available to
school teams, work place groups, bargaining units or districts. The workshop can be tailored to
meet the needs of the group and ranges from one hour to two and half hours in length.
To book a workshop or for further information contact Rob Dubyk at the Provincial Office,
1-800-267-7867 or by email, rob.dubyk@osstf.ca
World Festival of Children's Theatre June 5 - 14
Date Posted: Tuesday May 17 2016

The World Festival of Children's Theatre is about to land right next door in Stratford, Ontario! There are lots of opportunities for OSSTF members to take advantage of the opportunity to take their students to see children performing for children and young people. True North Theatre from Australia is just one example of a company with a strong message about a variety of social issues for grades 7 to 10 in particular. There are other performances that show the connections between the childrens world and what adults perceive, so thinking outside the box of drama, the festival welcomes other subjects and teachers too. For example, several productions will be in Spanish, so perhaps teachers of Spanish will want to attend. The ticket prices are very low: just five dollars! It is going to be fascinating. You will find several files that will give you more background on the plays, plus a master schedule and the festival overview posted as attachments on the Waterworks conferences entitled OSSTF and Secondary OT.

PLAY! A Symposium is a teacher PD opportunity. It is a 2.5 day chance to examine the idea of creativity and play in all ages of people, but mainly the young. All of Canadas top experts will be here, as well as Jonothan Neelands and Patrice Baldwin from Great Britain, Clowns Without Borders and Right to Play, as well as international experts from Australia, (possibly) Iran, South Africa, Germany and other countries. It is at the University of Waterloo Stratford campus. More information and registration can be found at:
http://www.playsymposium.com
OSSTF contract and LTO members can take advantage of STEL funds that are available for this PD opportunity.

You can also read more about the festival and symposium in the latest issue of Education Forum, starting on page 11:
http://education-forum.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Winter-2016-digital.pdf
Alan Murray Award and David Brohman Award Winners Announced
Date Posted: Wednesday June 1 2016

The Bargaining Unit is pleased to announce the winner of the Alan Murray Award for 2016 is Susan Danic from KCI. The Alan Murray Award is given annually in memory of Alan Murray, a Local and Provincial leader of OSSTF. The winner is a member who demonstrates Exceptional Educational Leadership in the areas of teaching, dramatic arts, communications, federation involvement, and concern for high-needs students.

In addition, the winner of the David Brohman Award for 2016 has also been announced as Savio Wong from WODSS. The David Brohman Award is given annually in memory of long-time Chief Negotiator, David Brohman. The winner is a member who is seen as a firm defender of the collective agreement and who is a diligent representative of teacher members, exhibiting acts of kindness, compassion and caring for both colleagues, family and community.

Congratulations to both Susan and Savio who will be presented with their awards at our Annual TBU Retirement and Awards dinner on June 23rd.
Shut Down WLU Rally for CUPE 926
Date Posted: Wednesday July 13 2016

Click the link below for information on how you can support the small group of 100 unionized CUPE custodians at WLU who are standing up for equitable hiring practices and who are fighting against a two-tiered union/non-union workplace where contracting out is taking the place of good union jobs.

Rob Gascho, from Provincial OSSTF, and Sherry Freund, TBU President, will be flying the OSSTF flag at this Friday's rally in support of striking Local 926. Hope you can join us.

RSVP that you will attend as an affiliate member of the Waterloo Labour Council:

http://www.wrlc.ca/shut_down_wlu_rally_for_cupe_926?recruiter_id=4713/,/A/
Labour Day Picnic in the Park
Date Posted: Monday September 5 2016

With all proceeds going to the United Way KW and Cambridge, your Waterloo Regional Labour Council presents the Annual Labour Day Picnic in Waterloo Park West from noon to 4 p.m. on September 5, 2016.

Food is free with a donation to the United Way, there is a children's play area, face painting, balloons, draws and live music.

Take a break from Labour Day weekend school worries and come over to the park!

You and your family and friends can rsvp here at
http://www.wrlc.ca
Educators' Financial Group Launch Financial Kickstart Challenge
Date Posted: Sunday September 18 2016

Here are some of the highlights:

Educators developed the Financial Kickstart Challenge with advice from OSSTF/FEESO and members of the community

It answers a growing need among members of all ages (but specifically younger members) to learn more about financial planning, budgeting, investing and borrowing

The Financial Kickstart Challenge is an interactive experience where participants take a couple of minutes to complete an online self-assessment tool. It assesses financial behaviours and identifies where they should focus from a financial literacy point of view

There is a web-based follow-up mechanism that provides relevant financial literacy information, online tools and tips to achieve financial success

Go to http://www.educatorskickstart.ca/
If you have any questions, please contact Educators Financial Group directly at 416-752-6843 (1-800-263-9541)
Dwayne Shouldice wins prestigious Health and Safety Award
Date Posted: Thursday November 17 2016

We are so pleased to announce that Dwayne Shouldice, who serves as the TBU Health and Safety Officer, the District 24 Health and Safety Officer and as Co Chair for the Employers Joint Health and Safety Committee was awarded the Ontario Health and Safety Centre and Waterloo Region Labour Council's Health and Safety Activist Award for his longtime commitment to Health and Safety for Ontario Workers. Dwayne was presented the award on November 17 at the Annual Health and Safety Recognition Dinner, to which we invite all of our school based Health and Safety Officers.
Congratulations Dwayne!
Marion Drysdale Student Achievement Award Winners Announced
Date Posted: Monday December 5 2016

As a District, we are pleased to announce the 2016-17 winners of the Marion Drysdale Student Achievement Awards. Thank you to all the teachers who supported our 15 nominees! Each of these winner's works of art, prose and poetry are now off to Provincial Office for Regional and Provincial voting. We will keep you posted on how they do!

Winner in the Visual Arts B-1 Category, Intermediate Gr. 9-10:Janet Tang from WCI, "Painful Beauty"(Teacher Sponsor: Emilie Kalinowski)

Winner in the Visual Arts B-2 Category, Senior Gr. 11-12:Destiny Leggo from PHS, "Is That Me?"(Teacher Sponsor: Alexa Liebregts)

Winner in the Digital Arts B-3 Category, Gr. 9-12:Sarah Eadie from KCI, "Mirror, Mirror, Let Me Go"(Teacher Sponsor: Jason Schmuck)

Winner in the Prose and Poetry A-1 Category, Intermediate Gr. 9-10, Applied/Essential:ESL DOI Class from GCI, "#thankful"(Teacher Sponsor:Leigh-Anne Lowes) 

Winner in the Prose and Poetry A-2 Category, Intermediate Gr. 9-10 Academic:Annabella Cairns from KCI, "How To See With Your Eyes Shut"(Teacher Sponsor: Melinda Paas)

Winner in the Prose and Poetry A-3 Category, Senior 11-12 University:Jacquelyn Morley from WCI, "Your Life In My Eyes"(Teacher Sponsor: Stephan Latour)

Winner in the Prose and Poetry A-5 Category, French, Gr. 9-12:Kate Foster from GCI,"Libre"(Teacher Sponsor: Jazmine Muller-Germann)
D24 Celebrates Regional and Provincial Student Achievement Award Winners
Date Posted: Wednesday February 15 2017

Please find below the Provincial OSSTF bulletin announcing the winners of the 2017 Marion Drysdale Student Achievement Awards.

Congratulations to Kate Foster from GCI who was a Regional Winner in the French 9-12 category and to the ESL DOI Class at GCI who were named both Regional Winners and who also received a Provincial Honorable Mention in the Intermediate, 9-10 Applied/Essential category for Prose and Poetry

The 2017 Student Achievement Awards, in honour of Marion Drysdale, received an extensive
variety of creative submissions from across the province. Last year’s Recognition and
Promotion subcommittee of CPAC chose this year’s theme of #MirrorMirror and it certainly
captured the students’ imaginations.

After receiving district-winning entries in December, submissions went through rigorous regional
and provincial judging. The Regional and Provincial winners can be found below.

REGIONAL WINNERS

Prose & Poetry Division
Category A-1 - Intermediate, 9-10 Academic
Region 1: Olivia Heppner, Hammarskjold High School, District 6A
Region 2: Nakita Johnson, White Pines Collegiate & Vocational School, District 2
Region 3: Nader Elshawish, Westminster Secondary School, District 11
Region 4: Joannie Patterson, École secondaire catholique Renaissance, District D.32, Unité 64
Region 5: Catherine Cadigan, I. E. Weldon Secondary School, District 15

Category A-2 - Intermediate, 9-10 Applied/Essential
Region 1: Ivy Nelson, Manitouwadge High School, District 6B
Region 3: Whole Class (ESL DOI), Galt Collegiate Institute and Vocational School, District 24
Region 4: Sahana Sivakumaran, Humberview Secondary School, District 19
Region 5: Nick Boudreau, North Hastings High School, District 29

Category A-3 - Senior, 11-12 University
Region 1: Autumn Ziebarth, Hammarskjold High School, District 6A
Region 2: Nicola George, Parry Sound High School, District 4
Region 3: Grace Sabutsch, Belle River District High School, District 9
Region 4: Akira Chaita, Innisdale Secondary School, District 17
Region 5: Charlotte Moryto, Fellowes High School, District 28

Category A-4 - Senior, 11-12 College/Workplace
Region 1: Brendon Shipston, Hammarskjold High School, District 6A
Region 2: Shaylynn Bain, Parry Sound High School, District 4
Region 3: Sahra Blatz, Valley Heights Secondary School, District 23
Region 4: Madison Duck, South Lincoln High School, District 22
Region 5: Danni Maxwell, Bayridge Secondary School, District 27

Category A-5 - French, 9-12
Region 2: Emma Story, Almaguin Highlands Secondary School, District 4
Region 3: Kate Foster, Galt Collegiate Institute and Vocational School, District 24
Region 4: Rania Rejdal, École secondaire Franco-Jeunesse, District D.32, Unité 64
Region 5: Isabelle Dufour, Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute, District 26

Creative Division
Category B-1 - Visual Arts, Intermediate, 9-10
Region 1: Maya Bragnalo, Superior Collegiate and Vocational Institute, District 6A
Region 2: Anna Lachine, Michipicoten High School, District 2
Region 3: Hannah Sladics, Strathroy District Collegiate Institute, District 11
Region 4: Calista Van Der Vleuten, Brock High School, District 13
Region 5: Allaura Langford, Peterborough Alternative Continuing Education (PACE) at PCVS,
District 14

Category B-2 - Visual Arts, Senior, 11-12
Region 1: Myshalla Grant, Geraldton Composite High School, District 6B
Region 2: Katie-Lynn Biladeau, Espanola High School, District 3
Region 3: Dylan Taylor, Glendale High School, District 11
Region 4: Carol Zhai, Glenforest Secondary School, District 19
Region 5: Evelyn Lougheed, Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute, District 27

Category B-3 - Digital Arts, 9-12
Region 1: Karli Wright, Geraldton Composite High School, District 6B
Region 2: Haley Griffiths, Almaguin Highlands Secondary School, District 4
Region 3: Sarah Bauman, Matt Downs and Claire Rachar,
H. B. Beal Secondary School, District 11
Region 4: Soliman Ali, Harold M. Brathwaite Secondary School, District 19
Region 4: Kirsten Rowe and Colby Koopman, Ajax High School, District 13
Region 5: Luke Belch, Centennial Secondary School, District 29

PROVINCIAL WINNERS
Prose & Poetry Division
Category A-1 - Intermediate, 9-10 Academic
Region 3: Nader Elshawish, Westminster Secondary School, District 11

Category A-2: Intermediate, 9-10 Applied/Essential
Region 5: Nick Boudreau, North Hastings High School, District 29

Category A-3: Senior, 11-12 University
Region 3: Grace Sabutsch, Belle River District High School, District 9

Category A-4: Senior, 11-12 College/Workplace
Region 5: Danni Maxwell, Bayridge Secondary School, District 27

Category A-5: French, 9-12
Region 5: Isabelle Dufour, Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute, District 26

Creative Division
Category B-1: Visual Arts, Intermediate, 9-10
Region 5: Allaura Langford, Peterborough Alternative Continuing Education (PACE) at PCVS,
District 14

Category B-2: Visual Arts, Senior, 11-12
Region 1: Myshalla Grant, Geraldton Composite High School, District 6B

Category B-3: Digital Arts, 9-12
Region 4: Kirsten Rowe and Colby Koopman, Ajax High School, District 13

Honourable Mention Certificates
Category A-2 - Intermediate, 9-10 Applied/Essential
Region 3: Whole Class (ESL DOI), Galt Collegiate Institute and Vocational School, District 24

Category B-2 - Visual Arts, Senior, 11-12
Region 3: Dylan Taylor, Glendale High School, District 11

NOTE: Honourable Mention Certificates will be sent to those students after AMPA, along with a
congratulatory letter
Rob Gascho elected Vice - President of Provincial OSSTF
Date Posted: Friday March 17 2017

We are pleased to announce that District 24 nominee, Rob Gascho, former District President and T/OTBU President of D24 Waterloo, was elected Vice-President of OSSTF during the Annual General Meeting of the Provincial Assembly this past weekend. Rob will serve a two year term as Vice President, working at Mobile Drive for over 60,000 OSSTF/FEESO education workers across Ontario.
Forest Heights First Winner of District Human Rights Award
Date Posted: Tuesday April 4 2017

In its inaugural year, this award, was intended to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday by inspiring students to make their communities a better place. WRDSB Secondary School Clubs were encouraged to propose an idea related to promoting human rights issues in their school and/or community.

The District 24 OSSTF Human Rights Committee will be granting one award to Forest Heights teacher, Sarah Stockford, and the school's student organizer of Girls Night In, Farah Wahib, to assist them in their activity which empowers young women in their diverse school population.



(The District 24 HRC exists to inform and educate all members of human rights legislation, and issues in Canada, Ontario, their local community, and within their workplace; and to research and direct members to relevant resources that can assist them in achieving equity and inclusion.)


TBU Award Winners 2017
Date Posted: Thursday June 22 2017

We are pleased to announce the 2017 winners of our Teacher Bargaining Unit Awards. Congratulations to Alan Murray Award Winner, Shelley Shaw, from Huron Heights, David Brohman Award Winner, Darryl Weber, from Eastwood Collegiate and our inaugural winner of the OSSTF/Educators Financial Award for Excellence in Occasional Teaching, Nancy Spreitzer.



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