Category Archives: Membership Development Fund (MDF)

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.

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.

Summer Professional Development (PD) Opportunities

ETFO Summer Academy

Check out the 45 3-day courses offered by ETFO this summer!  They offer practical classroom-ready strategies and include time to collaborate and network with colleagues!  The Waterloo OT Local is sponsoring one of particular interest to OTs entitled ‘Supplies for the Supply Teacher’.  It will have lots of suggestions and ideas that can be adapted to many grade levels, subjects, and situations.  It will also review resumes, cover letters and interview skills as well.  It will be offered here at our WROTL office.  Lunch will be provided on all 3 days.   Registration is now open!

Visit and click on the ‘Summer Academy’ icon for more information and registration.   Most courses are 20 hours of instruction over a 3-day period.  The cost for each programme is $75 – keep in mind that WROTL will support PL activities up to $125 per member per year.  Save your receipt and submit it with your completion certificate after your course ends!  These courses fill up fast!

Drake University Courses

ETFO is offering new online and on-site summer graduate courses through Drake University.  Several of our Waterloo Region Teachers offer these courses locally.  Find more information about programmes for this summer through

MDF Reminder

A reminder to members that the OT Local has a Member Development Fund (MDF) that is designed to support the professional Development of members who attend workshops, conferences, or take courses.   Members do have to have been on our list for one calendar year in order to be eligible to apply.

We provide up to $125 per member per year to help pay for registration, mileage etc. for most activities, including AQ courses.  Our year runs from July 1 until June 30, so if you have successfully completed an activity that ended after July 1, 2012, or that will end before June 30, 2013, please submit your request and expense forms a.s.a.p.  We do ask for the request form, at least, to be submitted soon in order for us to manage the books for the year.

In addition, we offer at $35 book subsidy to help offset the cost of any book used for professional development. We do not extend this offer to reproducible books or children’s books at this time. The form for this subsidy is also available through the FAQ section of the OT conference and through the office.

The forms can be found through the FAQ section of the OT Conference through Waterworks, or here at the office.  Questions?  Call 519-571-0222.