February Black History Month
OSSTF celebrates Black History Month for the month of February.
Black History Canada is a website developed by the Historica Dominion Institute that provides a multitude of resources to assist educators in integrating the Canadian experience of Black History into their classrooms. Once on the site, be sure to explore beyond the main tabs titled Profiles, Events, Arts and Culture, Timeline and For Teachers.
By clicking on the pictures on the home page you can find links to other websites to discover up-to-date resources on topics such as Black Settlement in Early Canada, Caribbean and African Immigration, Equity and Human Rights, Identity and Assimilation, Urban Centres and Forgotten Stories. (courtesy of OSSTF Website)
Watch a Video from CBC The National filmed at Windsor’s Herman Secondary School
Seniority Lists are now posted on the OSSTF-ESS Team Site. Check the tabs on the left hand side of the screen of the team site to verify your date. Please advise us of any errors and/or omissions.
Professional Development Opportunities
OSSTF has negotiated a Professional Development fund for members. It is allocated on a first come first serve basis. Members are eligible for up to $800.00 every other school year to use towards Self Directed Professional Development. If you would like to attend a workshop, please visit the OSSTF-ESS Team site and download the forms and guidelines. Please send completed requests to my attention via the courier. Please be sure to read the guidelines, as no exceptions are made to the deadline that the applications must be received at least one month in advance of the beginning of the workshop. Click below to go to the OSSTF website for more information about upcoming workshops.
Provincial Council is a meeting of Bargaining Unit Presidents from across the Province, and it is the the legislative body of OSSTF/FEESO between Annual Meetings. As a Bargaining Unit President, I attend 6 times per year. This past weekend, Provincial Council met. After each PC, I will share a few items of interest to members, otherwise a full summary is provided to the OSSTF-ESS Executive at the next scheduled meeting.
Launch of Domestic Violence Online Resource Centre, December 1, 2015 As part of the continued work of the CLC to provide information to union representatives about domestic violence as it impacts the workplace, a new online resource centre has been launched. Hosted by the CLC, a reception was held in Ottawa on December 1, 2015 where five NOP Members of Parliament attended in addition to a number of women’s advocates to review the new online resource. Barb Byers, CLC Secretary-Treasurer and Vicky Smallman, National Director, Women’s and Human Rights, proudly reviewed the new website with those present, including members of the Women’s Advisory Committee. According to the CLC December 6 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 canadianlabour.ca/issues-research/domestic-violence-work.
2016 Summit on Children & Youth Mental Health Online registration is now available for the 20016 summit. The focus of the 2016 summit is Moving from Policy to Practice Through Collaboration. Keynote speaker, Neil Pasricha, Author, The Book of Awesome will be part of the two-day program scheduled for April 7-8, 2016. The summit plans to offer evidence-informed practices, programs, and resources. A highlight for the 2016 summit is the first release of the preliminary results of the 2014 Ontario Child Health Study. Information about the summit has been placed on the OSSTF/FEESO website under the External Conferences and Workshops section.
Provincial Standing Committees and Councils
(Information courtesy of OSSTF)
The application form for Provincial Standing Committees and Councils for 2016 / 2017 is now available on the OSSTF/FEESO website.
Provincial Standing Committees and Councils with vacancies in 2016 / 2017:
- Certification Council / Certification Appeal Board
- Collective Bargaining Committee
- Comité des services en langue française
- Communications / Political Action Committee
- Educational Services Committee
- Finance Committee
- Health & Safety / Workplace Safety Insurance Act Committee
- Human Rights Committee
- Parliamentary and Constitution Council
- Status of Women Committee
Members are encouraged to complete the application on-line rather than downloading the application. The on-line form has drown down boxes for quick data entry as well as automated features for submitting copies to both Provincial Office and local Provincial Councillors.
The deadline for submitting applications is Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Applications received after that time will be considered late and applicants will only be considered for appointment if there are insufficient on-time applications for a specific committee or council.