Trillium Lakelands Teacher Local, Waterloo Region Occasional Teacher Local win ETFO Member Service and Engagement Award

Waterloo Region OT Local President Nathan Core, Kathy Lucking, Kelly Merrifield, ETFO President Sam Hammond, Michael Shillolo, Trillium Lakelands Local President Steve Collier, Laura and Jeff Paquette

August 12, 2014

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has presented Trillium Lakelands Teacher Local and Waterloo Region Occasional Teacher Local with its 2014 Member Service and Engagement Award.

The award recognizes the excellence of up to two locals in serving members, keep members informed, and involve members in the local.

In 2013, members of the Trillium Lakelands Teacher Local demonstrated unprecedented union solidarity under the leadership of local president Steve Colliver. The local spent 10 days at the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) when the Trillium Lakelands and Upper Canada district school boards objected to the continued withdrawal of teacher voluntary activities following enactment of Bill 115. The local’s regular updates and emails helped motivate over 250 of the local’s 730 members to attend protest rallies during the OLRB hearing. Earlier, well over a quarter of the local’s members protested the implementation of Bill 115 at rallies at local Member of Parliament offices. During these politically turbulent times, the local’s three released officers continued to meet individual member needs and oversee the work of the local’s seven committees.

In six years, the Waterloo Region Occasional Teachers’ Local has gone from an organization without an office to a local with a ‘home’ and a high degree of member participation. A high priority has been placed on ensuring member access to local President Nathan Core, executive members and the local’s resources. Along with an annual new members’ meeting, a monthly ‘staffroom Thursday’ is held at the office as well as a meet-and-greet at a local coffee shop. A half-time administrator is on hand at the office to assist members with mandatory Health and Safety training and other needs. Various committees offer a workshop or activity nearly every week. There is also a Membership Development Fund for members to apply for $125 grants towards courses or other professional activity.

“These two locals have found the key to motivating and engaging their members to be active participants and benefit from all that their union has to offer,” said ETFO President Sam Hammond. “They demonstrate that when ETFO members stand together, both politically and professionally, we are strong advocates for the teaching profession and a high-quality education system.”

Ontario Teacher’s Federation Math AQ Grant  

Starting April 1, 2014, the Ministry of Education, through the Ontario Teachers’ Federation (OTF), is providing a subsidy of $450 to teachers who successfully complete an AQ or ABQ course in Mathematics or an undergraduate Math course that is a prerequisite for an AQ/ABQ Math course.

Visit this link for more information regarding subsidized courses, FAQs and an application form.

The subsidy amount is $450, regardless of course location or provider, and this amount is paid directly to the teacher on successful completion of the course.

ETFO Bursaries and Scholarships

Taking an AQ? What about your Masters? Want some money?

The ETFO awards program recognizes distinguished academic achievements, and outstanding contributions to education and the federation by its members and others. Over one hundred thousand dollars is distributed annually to member and community groups through the Awards Program.
The special honours and awards listed below are administered by the Awards Committee on behalf of ETFO and its members.

For additional information, please contact Lorna at the ETFO provincial office at 416-962-3836 or 1-888-838-3836.

Member Development Fund (MDF) 2013

It is now too late to submit new requests for funds from the 2012-2013 year.  All outstanding documentation for applications already received are due a.s.a.p., please!

Keep in mind that if you have been a member of the WROTL for one calendar year, you are eligible to request up to $125 per member per year to support PL activities.  The activity must end after the anniversary date of joining the Local.  If you were hired to our roster in November 2012, you can be eligible to apply for MDF for a course that you might begin in September 2013, if it doesn’t end until December 2013.  Keep the receipts!

There is also a $35 book subsidy available for any professional reading that you do.  Application forms and more information is available through the FAQ section of the OT conference through Waterworks.