June 6th, 2022 Check-In

Hello County members,

June is here and with that comes the last month of another school year. Staffing is ongoing and there was an excellent turnout last week of teachers new to the profession to the HRRC staffing info session that was put on by the 3 locals. Also, many teachers and specialists are preparing for year end assessments, evaluations and activities. Thank you for all that you do.  

The NSTU Presidential election occurred last Thursday, June 2nd, by universal suffrage. Ryan Lutes from the Halifax City local was elected as president after winning 51 per cent of the vote in a second ballot election Thursday. Congratulations to Ryan and thank you to Peter Day from the Cape Breton District local for such a strong campaign.

The June AGM is set for this Wednesday, June 8th and as there are elections set will be in-person at 6pm at the Legion in Lower Sackville. The nominations for the position have closed, but as per Robert Rules, nominations may be taken from the floor. Please see the bios of the candidates who have submitted an expression of interest for those positions, which have also been sent via email (with pictures) to the Reps. The local would like to thank the nominees for their willingness to serve our members. 

 

 

Vice-President: Communications

My name is Suzanne Rohland and I would love to be your new VP of Communications. I currently work at Sunnyside Elementary School teaching grade 4/5 French Immersion with 20 years’ experience at the elementary level. Since 2006, I’ve been an active participant in the Union. I started as a rep for Shannon Park Elementary and was a member-at-large and treasurer for the Dartmouth Local until 2010. I’ve been a rep for Halifax County Local since 2014, was on the Finance Committee for two years and I’m currently on the Communications Committee. I’ve also participated in rep retreats, executive training, and the John Huntley Internship.

Being an active and engaged member is very important to me. Having the opportunity to be the VP of Communications would be a privilege to help keep the members informed and build engagement within the local. I’m asking for your support on June 8th.

 

Vice-President: Professional Development

Hello colleagues! My name is Shelley Luddington and I would be honored to serve as your VP of Professional Development for another term.  One of my goals as VP of PD is to reach as many Halifax County Members as possible with PD information, such as the unprecedentedly successful “Cash for Classrooms” initiative that engaged 500 NSTU siblings. I would also like to work on advertising PD opportunities in our multiple platforms so that more folks will be aware. I am asking for your support on June 8!

 

Vice-President: Social Wellness

My name is Suzanne Rohland and I have also applied for the position of VP of Social Wellness. I currently work at Sunnyside Elementary School teaching grade 4/5 French Immersion with 20 years’ experience at the elementary level. Since 2006, I’ve been an active participant in the Union. I started as a rep for Shannon Park Elementary and was a member-at-large and treasurer for the Dartmouth Local until 2010. I’ve been a rep for Halifax County Local since 2014, was on the Finance Committee for two years and I’m currently on the Communications Committee. I’ve also participated in rep retreats, executive training, and the John Huntley Internship.

Being an active and engaged member is very important to me. Having the opportunity to be the VP of Social Wellness would be a privilege to help keep the members informed and build engagement within the local. I’m asking for your support on June 8th.

 

Vice-President: Nominations

My name is Jason Jennings and am currently the Nominations Chair of the Nominations Committee for Halifax County Local.  I am seeking another term as your VP for Nominations.

With four years of experience in Nominations, I have worked with school reps to ensure the proper and efficient running of provincial and local elections. As Nominations Chair, I have overseen the selection of local standing committee members and Annual Council delegates.  As Council Coordinator, I endeavored to make delegates well-informed and comfortable.

On June 8, I ask for your vote so I can continue to serve Halifax County.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Communications

Greetings Halifax County! The Great June Giveaway is back! All Halifax County members are eligible. To enter, tag yourself 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 5 other Halifax County members and their schools. Follow or like one of our Social Media platforms. Twitter @HCLocalNSTU Instagram halifaxcounty Facebook Halifax County Local. First prize is 5 $30 gift cards or one of three secondary prizes of Breakfast for 2 at Cottage Cafe!

Drew Fournier

VP Communications

Halifax County Local NSTU

 

Nominations

The Nominations Committee has opened nominations for the following local executive positions.  The candidates for the local executive positions are:

VP for Communications – Suzanne Rohland

VP for Social Wellness – Suzanne Rohland

VP for Professional Development – Shelley Luddington

VP for Nominations – Jason Jenning

Local Executive elections will be held at the June 8 AGM and as per Robert’s Rule of Parliamentary Procedure there can be nominations from the floor.

Standing committees for next year will be announced at the June 8 AGM as well.

 

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. 

Jodie MacIlreith

Treasurer

Halifax County Local NSTU

 

It is in your Provincial/Regional Agreement

 Provincial

ARTICLE 50 TRAVEL ALLOWANCE

50.01 Teachers who must travel in the performance of their regular duties (which include a specific duty assigned by the Education Entity or a meeting called by the Education Entity or an Education Entity initiated in-service) shall be paid a travel allowance the greater of thirty-four (34¢) per kilometre or the current provincial government rate for those kilometres in excess of the round trip distance between the teacher’s residence and the school/site where the teacher teaches the greatest percentage of his/her time. If the teacher teaches an equal amount of time at more than one (1) school/site, then the school/site to be used in the calculation of travel allowance shall be the school/site closest to the teacher’s ordinary place of residence.

50.02 The parties to this Agreement shall encourage teachers to travel together when attending the same meeting/in-service when circumstances make it reasonably practicable.

 

NSTU Benefits at a Glance

CAREpath™

We understand that a cancer diagnosis can mean uncertainty, questions, anxiety and fear. At CAREpath™, your personal oncology nurse, with the support of leading oncologists, is there to guide you through every step of your cancer experience, from diagnosis, through treatment and into survivorship.

The CAREpath™ Navigation System Is a service provided by the NSTU Group Insurance Trustees. If you, your spouse or dependent children suspect having cancer, are diagnosed with cancer, or are already living with cancer, CAREpath™ is ready and able to provide you with support.

The goal of CAREpath™ is to support, not replace, health services provided by your doctors. It is important to note that this service is for both active and retired members of NSTU.

Coverage

Member / Spouse and Dependent Child(ren)

  • CAREpath™ is a Cancer Assistance Program
  • If a member, member’s spouse, or dependent children suspect having cancer, are diagnosed with cancer, or are living with cancer, CAREpath™ provides is ready and able to provide you with support
  • A personal oncology nurse, with the support of leading oncologists, is there to guide the individual through every step of the cancer experience, from diagnosis, through to the end of active treatment
  • CAREpath™ covers all types and stages of cancer
  • CAREpath™ nurses have the knowledge and experience to be able to advocate for the member and their family
  • Guidance to alternate treatment location, if required or requested

If you are interested in participating in this program, at no cost to you or your family, a CAREpath™ oncology nurse can explain the services to you in more detail.  You are not obligated to use CAREpath™ if you don’t want to and the nurses will be able to help answer any questions or concerns you may have.  All interaction with CAREpath™ is strictly confidential.

Helpful Links

For a further understand of the CAREpath program and how it can work for you, watch the following video outlining the navigation process:

For an overview of all the programs available to you through CAREpath, watch the following navigation video to understand how this program can assist:
https://www.dropbox.com/l/scl/AABkUnWFwKohc-Z-03pN7JGZ8OPW8ltysbA

For more information on all of the programs CAREpath can offer you, visit their website below:
www.carepath.ca

Contact

If you are interested in participating in this program, at no cost to you or your family, a CAREpath™ oncology nurse can explain the services to you in more detail.  You are not obligated to use CAREpath™ if you don’t want to and the nurses will be able to help answer any questions or concerns you may have.  All interaction with CAREpath™ is strictly confidential.

The CAREpath Program can be accessed directly at 1-844-453-6788 or through the NSTU at 1-800-565-6788, press 3 or email CAREpath™ at info@carepath.ca

 

Have a great week,

Shawn Hanifen

 

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