Summer Academy 2014

Summer Academy 2014: Registration is Now Open

Link to Register Online:


This year our program includes over 80 practical courses being delivered across the province by experienced and dynamic presenters. All courses have been planned to meet your professional needs. Sixty additional courses have been designed this year which focus on math and technology to support teacher knowledge and provide new strategies for engaging students in their learning. Funding has been provided by the Ministry of Education for these extra courses for this year only.


A wide range of other courses are also available with a focus on the arts, assessment, literacy, kindergarten, special education and a variety of other learning areas. The registration fee includes three full days of learning, collaborating and networking with colleagues. The course fee provides you with lunch on site each day as well as a variety of useful handouts to support your planning for the fall. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Check out the website as soon as possible and choose a course or two designed just for you. Share the website with your friends and colleagues. Courses will fill up very quickly! We look forward to another engaging and inspiring summer of professional learning with our members this July and August.


The Waterloo Region Occasional Teachers’ Local will be hosting “Making Technology Work For You As An Occasional Teacher” July 8th-10th


For more information, please contact Ruth Dawson (, Joanne Myers (, or Jane Bennett ( at the ETFO provincial office.

Committee Requests for 2014-2015


Please take a moment to review our invitation to members to be on the WROTL standing committees for 2014-2015.  Responses are requested by June 2.  Members who signed up at our AGM do not need to reapply.

Collective Bargaining
Our role is to represent the local in Collective Bargaining with the WRDSB. A considerable time commitment is required during negotiations.

Constitution & Bylaws
Our role is to annually review the Local Constitution and Bylaws. Several meetings in the fall and winter will be held.

Equity & Social Justice
Our role is to educate members in issues related to equity and social justice. Generally monthly meetings are held, and several events during the school year.

Member Development Fund (MDF)
Our role is to allocate funding for Professional Learning (PL) to the membership throughout the year. Generally two meetings a year are held.

Political Action/Professional Relations
Our role is to promote positive public relations within the membership and the community. Generally monthly meetings are held, plus events.

Professional Learning
Our role is to organize professional Learning (PL) activities for the membership. Generally a very active committee as bi-monthly meetings are held and considerable involvement during PL workshops and events.

Status of Women
Our role is to promote awareness of the issues affecting women and girls. Generally monthly meetings are held, plus events.

Note: The Budget Committee, EOT Management Committee and the AGM Committee have prescribed memberships under the Bylaws of the Local.
If you are interested in applying for one of these committees, please email us your Name, Phone Number and the Committee(s) you are interested in joining.

School of the Year 2014

School-of-the-Year-36Have you walked into a school and immediately felt that you were expected and welcomed? Are you given all the tools and support that you need to be successful in your day? If so, nominate the school for our annual “School of the Year” award!

Our Waterloo Region Occasional Teacher’s Local makes a presentation to the school that is outstanding in its efforts to support their Occasional Teachers. To do this, we need your input. It will take only a moment of your time.
Send your nomination to with the subject “School of the Year Award” and a short blurb as to why you think that school deserves to win! Nominations close June 6th.

If the school that you have nominated wins, you will be invited to the school on the day that we present a plaque and a “Congratulations” cake to the staff.
Please take the time to nominate your favourite school. Let’s collectively acknowledge the schools that help us achieve success!

Important EI information – Summer 2014

It’s almost that time of year again. As of June 27th thousands of Occasional Teachers across the province will be seasonally laid-off for the summer months. There has been some recent changes to the rules surrounding collecting EI and some teachers have been finding themselves denied in situations in which they have previously been able to collect.

Below are a couple of links to help you better understand if you are eligible for EI this summer. I have also attached the EI codes that are to be used when applying for EI.

Be careful, some of the language we use like “LTO” and “Contract”, might be a little different at the federal level.

The Reference Code for EI Applications for June 2014 school-related intake:
Effective: 15 Jun 2014
Expiry: 03 Aug 2014

Provincial Elections Update

Campaigns across the region are underway and I have included some information below to help you be more informed for this important election. ETFO provided a questionnaire to each of the political parties.

Below is the official Questionnaire and the responses from each of the 4 major parties.

You can see the levels of respect given to Teachers based solely on the responses. I hope everyone can make a pledge to Stop Hudak in this next election

Volunteer your time, take a lawn sign, talk about the issues. This election is more important than ever. Below is contact information for the supported candidates in the WKC Region. Find out how you can help!


Kitchener Waterloo   Catherine Fife NDP
Address: 133 Weber St North, Unit 6, Waterloo, N2J 4E7
Phone number:  519-883-8300

Kitchener Conestoga Wayne Wright Liberal
Address: 808 Courtland Avenue East, Unit 1, Kitchener N2C 1K3
Phone number:  519-742-9266

Kitchener Centre       Daiene Vernile Liberal
Address: Unit 8, 421 Greenbrook Drive, Kitchener, N2M 4K1
Phone number:  519-954-8100

Cambridge                – Katheryn McGarry Liberal
Address: 350 Hespeler Road, Unit 10, Cambridge
Phone number:  519 700-1884