Prov. Exec. – Meet the Candidates Q & A

As well as the information to the immediate right of homepage, the 3 Provincial Executive candidates for Halifax County Local have responded to questions that are now available below.  Please scroll down to view each candidates’ response.  Thank you to each of the candidates for their interest in this very important role. 

Duncan Cameron

Question 1

How will you strengthen communications between the Provincial Executive and the

Halifax County Local members?

I would make sure the members know just how to get in touch with me anytime.

Members want to be able to reach out and voice an opinion or just talk. This isn’t

enough though; I have to return the communication in a timely fashion. Members want

to feel acknowledged and that they matter and that I as their PE member appreciate

them.

Remind the members that I am their voice and that we need to be united towards a

common goal. Be upfront and keep members informed.

Question 2

The Provincial Executive position is meant to represent the province as a whole. How

will you balance that responsibility with raising the voice of the Halifax County Local?

I am representing Halifax County Local; they are the members that elected me to look

out for their interests. It is important to remain united within the union across the

province however first and foremost my goal is to address the concerns of Halifax

County members. In the end it is the members of Halifax County Local that elected me

and that I am responsible to represent.

I do believe at the same time that it is important to have a pulse in regards to what is

happening around the province as that is the only way that we can ensure that we are

united and working toward a common goal.

Shaun Doyle

Question 1

1) How will you strengthen communications between the Provincial Executive and the

Halifax County Local members?

Communication is key to the future success of the NSTU. I’ve heard from members that

there’s a lack of communication. Things are happening behind the scenes and members

feel left in the dark. In this day and age, there is no excuse to not be in touch with the

voices of our members. I’ve already begun opening channels of communication. By

creating the Voices of Halifax County FB group, I’ve set up a space for members to

engage, ask questions, etc. I’ve been engaging through my FB Page – A New Voice. By

using social media, members not able to attend meetings, etc can still be heard. I have

plans to do live video and AMA (Ask Me Anything) sessions to create constant streams

of communication flowing in both directions. This is important in times of major decision

making, but if we establish these channels, difficult times are made easier.

Question 2

2) The Provincial Executive position is meant to represent the province as a whole. How

will you balance that responsibility with raising the voice of the Halifax County Local?

In order to avoid further losses to our benefits and our membership, the NSTU must be

united. Great consideration must be given to the unique situations that exist across

Nova Scotia. Perhaps, it is time to rethink the make up of the PE to better reflect the

representation of the will of membership. With three failed TAs and results from strike

votes conflicting with members, it appears that it is time for change within the PE. I plan

to use pointed video and AMA sessions, hosted on Local websites as well as the NSTU,

to look at revamping The Teacher publication to put the voices and concerns of

members in the spotlight. I also plan to create a more open line of communication

coming from the PE to members- no more mystery. With increased communication, we

can move toward common understanding and that vital united voice, which is my goal.

Crystal Isert

Question 1

1) How will you strengthen communications between the Provincial Executive and the

Halifax County Local members?

NSTU members are feeling uninformed of what actually gets done at Joe Howe Drive.

I, too, have been frustrated with the lack of and the slow-to-come-out information from

the NSTU. Continued improvements have to be a priority and I will continue to push for

change. I have spent many hours, full weekends, responding personally to hundreds of

emails from County members. In my opinion, the way to get more official information to

members is for a change in the communication plan of the NSTU. We need to:

· involve members in the decision-making process

· send out more information faster,

· post our memos and communiqués online rather than solely sending them

through our webmail,

· have strategic people that have the official information to post regularly

online,

· let members know what we are doing, and

· improve our webmail.

Question 2

2) The Provincial Executive position is meant to represent the province as a whole. How

will you balance that responsibility with raising the voice of the Halifax County Local?

I will continue to bring Halifax County Local concerns to the provincial table. That is

something that absolutely has been happening. For example, our local has been very

concerned with the current structure of the NSTU. I was part of bringing a structural

review forward and the motion to cost it has been accepted by the PE. Part of getting

the changes that Halifax County wants requires getting support from the PE members

around the table. In order to do that, Provincial Executive members have to:

· foster relationships and build trust among leaders,

· be prepared for each meeting with the facts and resources to support our

concerns,

· properly demonstrate to the table that this is necessary for improvement,

and

· listen to the concerns from around the province.

I have been building trust and I do the homework for our concerns and those of other

Locals.

 

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