Check-In, Monday, September 16th

Good Morning County! Happy Monday!

So, lots of information this morning starting with two elections! 

First, one of our amazing Provincial Executive members, Paul Boudreau, has been given a temporary position as a staff officer for the NSTU. That means that we have a position open for a person to sit on the Provincial Executive. 

This one is a bit odd in that Paul just got elected to his position. Thus, there is potential for the successful candidate to be able to sit on the Provincial Executive for almost six years! We feel that the candidates, (and the membership) should be aware of the implications of this decision before voting day on October  29th. Interested candidates are asked to read this informational handout and apply by 4 pm on September 27th.

We also have a spot open on our local executive for the VP of Professional development. This person sits on the article 60 committee and looks after the Halifax Local PD fund. If you are interested, click here to find out more and to download the application.

Please note that applications will only be accepted via e-mail. Do not fax the forms to the office.

In other news, for those of you who may be considering hanging up the old dry erase brush, registration for the upcoming NSTU-sponsored Pre-Retirement Seminars for HRCE teachers is now open and will remain open until September 20. The registration form is in the dropdown menu of myhrce. Please note that confirmation of registration does not constitute approval to attend one of the two day seminars. Teachers will be notified by email by September 23 whether their request to attend has been granted.

The Seminars will be on the following dates: December 16 & 17, January 13 & 14, and February 19 & 20. Please direct questions to Anne Patterson, Manager, Compensation & Benefits at

Finally, I am personally very excited to announce that nominations for this year’s INSPIRE awards are now open. These awards are an opportunity for teacher to recognize some of the great work that is being done by their colleagues within their schools. Any Halifax County member is eligible for nomination, and all that is required is that the member send a brief write up of what makes that teacher so awesome. Winners will be chosen by random, and will receive the award in a small ceremony hosted at their school by the local President. They will also have a write up about them posted in the Chronicle Herald.

To nominate someone in your school or to find out more,  send an e-mail to

That’s it for this week county. As always, reach out with any questions/concerns.


Check-In, Monday, September 9.

Good morning County! Happy Monday.

I hope that you have weathered the storm, and that this memo finds you safe and with restored power!

Just a few quick notes for this week. We are in the process of updating our NSTU representative registry, and I had sent out a “how to” last week. If you have been selected as a school rep, we would appreciate you filling out our Rep Information Form as soon as you are able. Read more

VP Professional Development election

Hello all!

We have a spot open on our local executive for the VP of Professional development. This person sits on the article 60 committee and looks after the Halifax Local PD fund. If you are interested, click here to find out more and to download the application.

Please note that applications will only be accepted via e-mail. Do not fax the form to the office.

Check-In, Tuesday, September 3rd

Good Morning County! Welcome back!

First off, thanks to everyone who joined up for the annual Labour Day march and rally! It was great to see everyone and to join with so many pro-labour groups to mark the day. If you have been following any of the events of this summer, you are aware that in BC, Alberta and Ontario teachers are facing continued adversity from governments of all political stripes. Yesterday was a great reminder that together we are stronger! Check out our Facebook page for some great pics! Read more

Check-In, June 24th, 2019

Well folks, that is pretty much a wrap.

2018-19 was unique for a few reasons. We had a new system of educational governance in our province, a new NSTU president, and, of course, our first year without principals as part of our union.

The year certainly presented some rather unique challenges for your local president, to be sure. These including the pressures around the tripartite agreement, the rather intense negotiations that happened at the regional level in order to finally secure a regional agreement, and the introduction of the newly minted phrase “unscheduled instructional time” (although the pressure felt by me around that last one kind of pales in comparison to the rest of you.) Read more

Check-In, Monday June 17th

Hey there County! Happy Monday!

As the end of year mayhem and bustle ramp up for teachers, things are, oddly enough, starting to quiet down at the office.

The biggest portion of my time last week was spent preparing for and answering questions about the Teacher Placement Process. That event took place on Saturday and saw hundreds of teachers securing positions for next year. Although the day can certainly be stressful, the process went quite well this year, with very few bumps in the road. Thanks to the Human Resources team from HRCE for doing a great job, and congratulations to all the teachers who were able to secure jobs for the 2019-2020 school year. Read more

Check-In, Monday, June 10th

Hey there, County! Happy Monday!

I want to start with a particular shout out to all the retirees who managed to make it through the down-town-Bluenose-Marathon congestion yesterday to attend the retirement brunch. It was a lovely meal and the sun deck was absolutely lovely. Thank you to the Social Wellness committee for another great retirement function, and a special thank you to former NSTU local executive member, former NSTU staff officer, and former Teacher with Administrative Responsibility Jim King for his inspiring words. Check out our Facebook page for lots of great photos. Read more