I don’t know about you, but it is hard to believe that it is almost May.
There are a couple of key events coming up over the next few weeks, starting, of course, with this weekend’s Annual Council. This event sees delegates from all across the province coming together in Halifax for a weekend of meetings and debate around issues facing the NSTU and public education in general. This year there are a total of 73 suggestions (or “resolutions”) to be considered on the floor. As well, there will be speeches by the five Presidential candidates, and number of other elections and matters of business. It does look to be a very busy weekend, and I want to thank all the members who have volunteered to give up their time to participate. As well, a special thank you to the local executive for all of their work behind the scenes to ensure that the event goes smoothly.
Speaking of the Presidential candidates, there is an all candidates event being held at Prince Andrew High school on Tuesday evening starting with a meet and greet at 6:00 pm, followed by a short presentation from each candidate and a question and answer period. We would encourage members to come on out and hear directly from the candidates about their platforms and their ideas.
In some rather exciting news, Halifax County is pleased to announce the names of this year’s recipients of our annual Local Service Award. They are Meg Ferguson, Phil Goora, Karen Hudson and Terry Ryan. This award is given out at annual council each year to members who have shown true service to the NSTU or who have advanced the cause of public education. This year’s group of nominees are a testament to the amazing quality of educators we are so lucky to have within our local. Each has of these individuals has been an inspiration.
That little segue now brings us to our Halifax County Inspire awards. Each year, Halifax County seeks to recognize members who have been an inspiration to others through their passion, hard work and leadership. Candidates are nominated by their peers in way of a short (300 word max) letter to the local president. If selected, the members will be recognized at a small social gathering and presented an award for all their dedication. If you wish to find out more, e-mail me at email@example.com with the subject line “Inspire”.
Finally, just a reminder that staffing season is upon us. If you are looking for a change, now is the time to ensure your on-line resume is up to date. All NSTU members should receive their NOA’s by 4 pm of May 9th. That is also when the first round of postings go live.
One final note that the preparations for the retirement event is well underway. If you have any questions about the event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
That’s it for this week, County. Have a great week.