Hello County members,
Already into our second week of June is here the last month of another school year. Staffing is ongoing and we had TPP last week. Also, many teachers and specialists are preparing for year end assessments, evaluations and activities. Thank you for all that you do.
The June AGM was last Wednesday. We had elections in Communications, Nominations, PD and Social Wellness. Congratulations to current executive members Shelley Luddington and Jason Jennings in continuing terms as the VP of PD and VP of Nominations respectively. And the local executive would like to welcome Suzanne Rohland as VP of Communications and Gayle Doyle as our VP of Social Wellness.
At this time, I would like to express my sincerest gratitude and thanks to both Leah Gillis (VP of Social Wellness) and Drew Fornier (VP of Communications) for their dedication and service to the local. Serving a group of close to 2300, and during a pandemic, no less, is no small feat. On behalf of those 2300, please accept our heartfelt thanks to you both.
Also, a thank you to the local executive, committee members and school reps who volunteered much of their time to our local. Please take a moment to thank those who provide a valuable service to our schools and our members. Members who benefit from your hard-work, knowledge and caring for one another.
Congrats to our week 1 gift card winner Sarah Toma from George P Vanier, and our three secondary prize winners of breakfast for 2; Kelly Ross, Amanda Stanton, and Steven Sangster.
For week 2 all Halifax County members are eligible. To enter, write your first and last name and the name of you Halifax County school in the comments on one of our Social Media platforms under the picture of the contest, as well as up to 5 other Halifax County members and their schools. We will use the school’s staff directory to verify participants are County members. You may enter the contest on any of our Social Media platforms. Twitter @HCLocalNSTU Instagram halifaxcounty Facebook Halifax County Local. You must re-enter the contest each week to be entered into the draw each week. First prize is 5 $30 gift cards or one of three secondary prizes of Breakfast for 2 at Cottage Cafe!
Halifax County Local NSTU
CONTACT 2022 Conference
Congratulations to Gayle Doyle who will be the Halifax County local’s attendee at the Contact 2022 Conference. The conference will be held at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia from Tuesday, August 2nd to Friday, August 5th, 2022.
Halifax County Bursary Update
The deadline for our local Bursary is now CLOSED and no new applicants will be accepted. There were 81 applicants who applied and all were approved for the Halifax County Local Bursary. This is the most applicants ever received. All applicants have been notified of their successful application. Please remind graduates who applied to check their spam email folder for their congratulations email and instructions on how to receive their money. High school principals and guidance counsellors have also been notified of the successful applicants for their graduation ceremonies.
Halifax County Local NSTU
It is in your Provincial/Regional Agreement
ARTICLE 41 AMENDMENT BY MUTUAL CONSENT
41.01 This Agreement may be amended at any time by mutual consent of both parties.
NSTU Benefits at a Glance
Manulife Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
ATTENTION: Resilience has been rebranded to Manulife Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
We are excited to share some enhancements as well as a rebrand of our Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP). Our partner, Manulife Financial, has launched a new and improved interactive online platform making it easier to get the support you need, when you need it, in a way that works best for you!
This updated experience means that the Resilience® platform and brand you are accustomed to will no longer be active and you will be redirected to the updated platform Manulife Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) at www.manulifeEFAP.com.
* Please note If you had already had a profile and account created with Resilience® , you will need to re-register on the updated platform. In order to register you will require the Manulife Plan Contract # 39146.
The Manulife Employee and Family Assistance Program is for active NSTU members who have a permanent, probationary or term contract. Through the Manulife EFAP you can reach a team of experienced counsellors from Homewood Health™ who will listen to your issue, offer sound advice and help you create an action plan to address issues.
Manulife EFAP also has a very educational online platform and mobile app which offers:
- Easy access to content, such as eLearning, articles, videos and podcasts on a wide range of topics, based on your profile and interests
- 24/7 live chat with Homewood Health™ counsellors
- E-counselling and E-therapy
To get started or to find out more information visit www.manulifeEFAP.com. Once there, you can register by first entering the Manulife Plan Contract # 39146. Then complete the remaining fields and click “Sign up”.
*It is strongly recommended to use a personal email and not a work related email when dealing with matters relating to the Manulife EFAP. You must create an account on the EFAP website platform (www.manulifeEFAP.com) first before downloading the mobile app.
- Marital/family/separation/divorce/custody issues
- Alcohol and drug abuse
- Personal adjustment problems
- Psychological disorders
- Anger management
- Retirement planning
- Aging parents/eldercare concerns
- Sexual harassment
- Gambling addiction
- Conflict resolution
- Weight, smoking and general health issues
The counselling is designed to: Provide support and understanding, help build coping skills, and teach ways to effectively manage issues and problems.
Lifestyle and Specialty Coaching Services
Designed to allow you to take a proactive approach to every challenge and life transition with information and coaching from experts in their field.
- Childcare and Parenting Caregiver Support Services
- Elder & Family Care Services
- Legal Advisory Services
- Financial Advisory Services
- Nutritional Support
- Career Counselling Services
- Retirement Planning Service
- Smoking Cessation Services
- Shift Worker Support
- Online Courses
- 12 Weeks to Wellness
Provides assistance for individuals suffering from stress.
The COVID-19 pandemic continue to add a great deal of stress to us all. Stress Solutions can support you through these challenging times by assigning you a counsellor who will establish contact and support with Telephone sessions, Coaching, Online Courses, etc.
For more information on Stress Solutions, click here.
Depression Care Services
Provides assistance for individuals suffering from certain types of depression.
Approximately 11% of men and 16% of women in Canada will experience major depression in the course of their lives and it is estimated that 1 in 10 Canadians is affected by anxiety disorder. Depression Care offers fast access to personalized clinical treatment to help individuals achieve sustained recovery from depression and anxiety disorders.
For more information on Depression Care, click here.
If you have experienced any type of Traumatic event, Trauma Care provides fast access to expert mental health services with specialized psychological intervention which is key to traumatic stress recovery. Homewood Health’s unique Trauma Care Program provides specialized treatment for individuals who are struggling with acute, or long-term, trauma symptoms.
For more information in Trauma Care, click here.
Grief and Loss Coaching
Grieving can be an overwhelming and complex process. Every individual reacts differently and experiences grief and loss in unique ways. Homewood’s Grief and Loss Coaching Program helps you understand the grieving process by providing you with coaching support and resources to help you manage through the range of emotions and difficulties one experiences when faced with a significant loss. This program is helpful to those who have lost a loved one or are experiencing other forms of loss in their life, including job loss, divorce, or ending of a relationship.
For more information on Grief and Loss Coaching, click here.
Experiencing Acts of Violence
The trauma caused by acts of violence can, and most often have a significant emotional impact on people. The combination of atrocity and magnitude of the event, coupled with its unpredictability, will often lead to an intense feeling of vulnerability for our own safety and the safety of others. The Experiencing Acts of Violence program helps develop recovery and coping strategies to help you through these traumatic times.
For more information and the Experiencing Acts of Violence Program, click here.
To access these programs and services, Once there, you can register at www.manulifeEFAP.com by entering the Manulife Plan Contract # 39146. Then complete the remaining fields and click “Sign up”.
- Mobile App – Download Homewood E-App on all mobile application platforms.
*You must create an account on the EFAP website platform (manulifeEFAP.com) first before downloading the mobile app.
- Health eLinks
- Health Risk Assessment
- Comprehensive Library of Medical Information
- Self-Care Starter Kit– This kit describes why self-care matters, why it’s important to take time to look after yourself, and how you can build a self-care plan to improve your quality of life. The Self-Care Starter Kit helps design a plan specifically for you by taking you through the following 4 steps:
Evaluating Your Coping Skills
2. Identifying Your Self-Care Needs
3. Barriers And Areas for Improvement
4. Creating Your Self-Care Plan
- Online Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (i-Volve)
- Childcare and Eldercare resources database
There are a number of E-Courses online as well at www.manulifeEFAP.com
Courses are broken into three categories:
- Courses for Employees or Family Members – Health and Well Being
- Courses for Employees – Career and Workplace Issues
- Courses for Key Persons and Supervisors
Homewood Health Life Lines
April 2021: My Wellness (Article / Video)
COVID-19: Loneliness & Isolation Fatigue – Self-Care Strategies – https://youtu.be/QDW5S0U2lNs
Reducing Anxiety & Managing the Transition Back to Class – https://homewoodhealth.com/teacher-webinar
COVID-19: Dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder – https://youtu.be/tpow0ZRzuyc
COVID-19: The Second Wave and Your Mental Health – https://homewoodhealth.com/corporate/webinar-second-wave
Outlined in the link below is a listing and brief description of the Wellness Sessions that are available through the NSTU Employee and Family Assistance program provider, Homewood Health™.
Please note: Wellness Sessions must be requested at least six to eight weeks in advance. These sessions should be scheduled between 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Any sessions scheduled outside these times will have a cost associated with them. Sessions require a minimum of 10 participants and should not exceed 35 participants. Additional costs will apply should you have a larger group.
Click here for more information and to request a Manulife EFAP Wellness Session
Toll-Free Number – 24 hours, seven days a week – English: 1-877-955-NSTU (6788) or in French: 1-514-875-0720.
Counselling can be provided in a way that is most convenient and comfortable: in-person, by phone, or through a secure online service.
Access to all online features is available by visiting www.manulifeEFAP.com – Once there, you can register by entering the Manulife Plan Contract # 39146, complete the remaining fields and click “Sign up”.
Access to all online features is also available in French by visiting https://wwwec7.manulife.com/signin/fr