Holiday Celebration

Join us for a long awaited Holiday Celebration!

Come and get into the holiday spirit with your fellow colleagues at Shabby Motley Handcraft (356 Queen Street East in Sault Ste. Marie). Enjoy a complimentary dinner, complete a holiday craft, and win some prizes!

Please register no later than Friday, October 29 at 5:00 p.m. We kindly ask you to register for food and craft planning purposes.

*Please note that while dietary restrictions can be accommodated, Shabby Motley is unable to guarantee a nut-free, dairy-free, or gluten-free food preparation area.

Mileage & Accommodation Reimbursements
Members travelling from out-of-town and whose home postal code does not begin with P6A, P6B, or P6C will be provided with a round-trip mileage reimbursement of 20 cents/km. Additionally, members travelling in excess of 150 km to reach Sault Ste Marie will be eligible for up to a $75 reimbursement toward overnight accommodation costs. This will apply for the evening of Saturday, November 27, 2021 only. Hotel receipts shall be mailed to for reimbursement. If you have additional questions about this, please contact Sue Beltrano.

Vaccination Requirements
In accordance with Ontario Health Guidelines, our meeting venue will require you to provide proof of identification and proof of being fully vaccinated to enter unless you have a written document from a physician or nurse practitioner saying you have medical exemption from full vaccination.

AOTL Fall General Meeting

A complimentary breakfast will be served at 9:00 a.m. with business to begin at 9:30 a.m.  We hope that you will join us to find out what’s new in education, set our yearly budget, ask questions, and meet new colleagues!  Everyone who attends will receive a $20 teaching resource and have a chance to win fantastic door prizes!

Mileage & Accommodation Reimbursements
Members travelling from out-of-town and whose home postal code does not begin with P6A, P6B, or P6C will be provided with a round-trip mileage reimbursement of 20 cents/km.  Additionally, members travelling in excess of 150 km to reach Sault Ste Marie will be eligible for up to a $75 reimbursement toward overnight accommodation costs.  If you require accommodation reimbursement, please contact Sue Beltrano () who will be happy to assist you.

Do you have little ones in your care?  Please know that children are welcome to attend with you — just let us know.

Vaccination Requirements
In accordance with Ontario Health Guidelines, our meeting venue will require you to provide proof of identification and proof of being fully vaccinated to enter unless you have a written document from a physician or nurse practitioner saying you have medical exemption from full vaccination.

Fall Organizing Training Series

As part of its #Mobilizefor2022 provincial campaign, ETFO is offering three free webinar training sessions this fall.  Each session will be one hour and will start at 4:30 p.m. EST. Please feel free to register today by clicking on the workshop title.

Media Training on Wed, October 27
This workshop will teach you to produce better pitches, reach more journalists, and generate more earned media into communities while telling your own stories using alternative media.

Electoral Organizing on Wed, November 3
By offering a broad overview of the roles, strategies, and concepts of election campaigns, this training will explain and demystify topics on becoming a candidate, volunteering, data tracking and getting out the vote.

Canvassing 101 on Wed, November 10
Participants will be offered guidance in enhancing the different forms of voter outreach while learning how to use tools to canvass communities virtually, go door to door and use the phone bank.

If you have any questions about these sessions, please contact Aminah Sheikh from ETFO ().

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Goal Setting for 2022 Central Bargaining

ETFO collective agreements expire as of August 31, 2022. While that may seem like a long time away, your union has already begun to prepare for the next round of central bargaining.

The goal-setting process is now actively underway. Around October 6, you should have received an email with a link to the online member survey. Please take the time to complete this important step in the collective bargaining process.

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ETFO celebrates World Teachers’ Day!

Toronto, ON — Today, on World Teachers’ Day, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) joins people around the globe in recognizing and celebrating teachers for their outstanding commitment to the development, success, and well-being of students.

“Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, ETFO members have shown great leadership and care, working to address the devastating impacts the pandemic has had on communities, especially on those who are marginalized,” says ETFO President Karen Brown. “As the heartbeat of public education, teachers offered hope, guidance and stability so that all students could persevere, learn and be well. We thank them, and those who support them, for inspiring, uplifting and celebrating every student.”

World Teachers’ Day, held annually on October 5, commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. World Teachers’ Day is co-convened in partnership with UNICEF, the International Labour Organization, and Education International.

Adds Brown, “World Teachers’ Day provides a reminder that teachers play one of the most important roles in a child’s growth and development. Every day, they use their professional judgement and expertise to make critical decisions about appropriate lessons and resources. Their goal is to provide equitable, high-quality education for every student.”

ETFO represents 83,000 elementary public school teachers, occasional teachers and education professionals across the province. Its Building Better Schools education agenda can be viewed at BuildingBetterSchools.ca.

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National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

The National Day of Truth and Reconciliation is an opportunity for us to reflect, become educated and take action to address past and current injustices against Indigenous Peoples, while centring Survivors, their descendants and those who never made it home. It is a day to mourn the loss of the children whose bodies were recovered this year, those still to come home, and all those affected by both the direct and intergenerational impact of residential schools.

If you are teaching on September 30, we encourage you to wear orange and to allocate a portion of the day to age-appropriate opportunities for learning and reflection about Truth and Reconciliation.  The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) has a page dedicated to teaching resources which we recommend.  Whatever activities you decide to undertake, this day will be an important opportunity for all students to reflect on the history of Residential Schools and to honour the lives lost.  Thank you for your ongoing commitment to Indigenous Education.

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Visions — New Member Leadership Training

ETFO invites women in their first five years of ETFO membership to register for a three-session program which highlights union renewal and focuses on developing an anti-oppressive and feminist framework, as well as knowledge of ETFO and the broader labour movement.

Program dates are:

  • November 24 and 25, 2021 (virtual format);
  • January 17 and 18, 2022 (format to be announced); and
  • April 4 and 5, 2022 (format to be announced).

Deadline for registration is on October 18, 2021. Visit the ETFO Events Management System for more information and to register.

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