Monthly Archives: February 2015

Connecting…Occasionally – Feb 24, 2015

nathan-coreHello Members,

Education is making headlines locally, as well as provincially this week. Both issues impact occasional teachers and were discussed at the WRDSB board meeting last night. The new Health and Physical Education curriculum is now available for your review and will be implemented in September.

Schools were closed due to severe weather last Friday in accordance with the board’s cold weather procedure. I expect that we may see some changes in the future.

There are a lot of opportunities in this copy of Connecting…Occasionally, please take the time to read it carefully.


WRDSB T4 Slips

WRDSBOn February 17th the WRDSB posted the following message on their waterworks system:

The 2014 T4’s can be located by logging into:

Click once on the Self Service Portal option.  Next, log in using your PAL username and password.  Then select T4 and T4A.  Click on the letters T4 beside the year 2014.  Once the document opens, you can print the T4.

Only electronic copies will be provided unless employees make a request for a printed copy. Requests for printed copies of 2014 T4’s must be sent via Waterworks to “T4 Request”.

Those staff members currently on a full leave of absence, and staff that have retired or resigned from the Board, will receive a printed copy of their 2014 T4 at the current employee address on record, via Canada Post.

T4A’s, will be printed and mailed as required.

In the event you are unable to access the Self Service portal, please log a help desk ticket with the Board’s IT Department at:

Subfinder 2015 Update

SubfinderCurrently the Subfinder system allows members to opt out of calls from specific schools. This not only benefits our members but it also saves time in allowing the system to make intelligent calls and only contact employees that are willing to work at that site.

In order to better serve both the board and the Occasional Teachers there has been some discussion as to allowing Occasional Teachers the ability to opt out of Subfinder calls for specific qualifications or divisions. Similar to the ability to limit school sites, this would allow the system the ability to only contact employees that are willing to work in that division or subject.

I’ve invited you to fill out the Subfinder System Poll there is only one question: Link here  

The Membership Development Fund (MDF) is online!

mdfThe Membership Development Fund (MDF) is online and live! No more having to print out forms and send them in.

  • $150 per member is available for professional development activities.
  • All OTs with at least one year of membership are eligible.
  • The is also a book subsidy available to members.

Simply head on over to and follow the link.

Unavailability and Fail to Fill Reminders

SubfinderThe board requests that Occasional Teachers remember to book themselves out of the Subfinder system if they are in a LTO or are unavailable for work. There is no penalty for booking yourself unavailable and it will stop the system from wasting time calling unavailable OTs. This process is considerably easier with the online component.

A reminder to Occasional Teachers to utilize the Fail to Fill line in the mornings that they don’t have a pre-booked assignment.

More information about the fail-to-fill process please can be found here:

I encourage all OTs to try the fail-to-fill line if you want to ensure a steady amount of work.

ETFO Workshops and Conferences – Spring 2015

Most workshops are little to no cost. Travel expenses, food, and accommodations are included. Release time is available for those that are during the week.

Effective Negotiation Skills For Women Leaders

June 1 – 2, 2015

Effective Negotiation Skills for Women Leaders has been developed in partnership with Stitt Feld Handy Group, an internationally renowned Canadian firm specializing in negotiation and dispute resolution training.

Women who attend this workshop will be participating in an interactive format designed to enhance
skills required in complex negotiations and dispute resolutions. The workshop also offers training in a
variety of negotiation styles. This workshop is designed for women who are currently involved in their
local and/or at ETFO provincial and aspire to leadership positions in the union, including in the area of
collective bargaining. Stewards, please bring this workshop to the attention of women members and
post the flyer on your Federation bulletin board.

Applications are also available on the ETFO website.
For more information, please contact Lisa Mastrobuono, extension 2512,, at the provincial office.

ETFO’S Women In Politics Conference

April 8-9, 2015

ETFO and its members can play an important role in the political sphere. In anticipation of the upcoming federal election, ETFO is holding a Women in Politics conference for women members interested in learning more about how federal politics affects issues of importance to them and how they can make a difference in the political process. The registration package is available in both PDF and RTF formats.

For more information, please visit the ETFO website, or contact Vivian McCaffrey, extension 2333,, or Kelly  Hayes, extension 2244,, at the provincial office.

ETFO’s Financial Health & Wealth Conference 2015 for Women

April 10-11, 2015

ETFO is offering another practical and informative Financial Management Conference. We are looking forward to a dynamic presentation by Kerry K. Taylor on the Friday evening.  Kerry is the author of 397 Ways to Save Money and is a consumer expert and Canada’s top personal finance blogger.

The registration deadline is Friday, March 6, 2015.
This conference always sells out very quickly so register as soon as possible!
For further information, please contact Joanne Myers (


ETFO’S Health And Legal Conference For Women: Digging Deeper, Reaching Higher! April 30 – May 1

ETFO is offering this dynamic and informative conference for women members. This year’s conference
will be held on April 30 and May 1, at the Marriott Gateway on the Falls, in Niagara Falls. Our keynote
speaker is awarding winning Farrah Khan, a talented counsellor, artist, and educator. Farrah will speak
about the timely issues of victim blaming, rape culture, and the critical conversations that are going on
across the country about violence against women in workplaces. A variety of workshops will explore
legal, professional, and health issues related to our professional lives.

Registration deadline is April 1, 2015.

Please register early, as we expect this conference to fill up quickly. For more information, please
contact Lisa Hammond, extension 2220,, at the provincial office.

March 2, 2015 – Dairy Farmers of Ontario Workshop

dairy-farmersHello Colleagues!


The PL Committee is pleased to welcome the Dairy Farmers of Ontario!  Come out and explore food and nutrition and how it relates to the curriculum.  Both primary (Power to Play) and junior (Power to Explore) grade levels will be discussed.

Please click the registration link for more details:

Each participant will receive either a primary or junior resource kit FREE!!!

  • When: Monday March 2, 2015 from 4:30pm to 7:00pm
  • Where: Local Office- 130 Highland Road East, Kitchener

A light meal will be served.  Child care subsidy available upon request.

Extra parking is available across the kitty-corner or behind our building.

We hope to see you there,

The PL Committee