Check-In, Monday, December 2nd

Hey there County!

Happy December. I hope today sees all of you feeling at least a small pressure relief now that report cards and Parent/ Teacher meetings are behind you.

For those of you who may not have caught it, the NSTU has just won a major arbitration ruling on the government’s unilateral decision of a little over a year ago to pull certain classifications out of our union. These classifications including speech language pathologists, social workers and psychologists, will now have their NSTU membership fully restored. This is good news for our organization and for worker’s rights in general, and hopefully is a sign of things to come.

In other good news, I would like to congratulate our latest Inspire Award winner, Ash Lee Jefferson’s Lorraine Amirault. Ms. Amirault was quite surprised last week by my arrival at a sudden stand up staff meeting! Thanks to all the staff who helped keep the secret. If you have someone on your staff you believe deserves some recognition, drop me a line at (Click on the pic for a better look!)

Just a few more quick informational items before I wrap up. First, the social committee has cancelled the scheduled wine glass painting event, but will be looking to reschedule a bit later on this winter.

As well, the HRRC is sponsoring the first of two pre-retirement sessions on Tuesday, January 14th at 4:30 pm at the office here at 202 Brownlow. This year, the economic welfare committee is doing things a bit differently in that there will be a number of sessions provided, designed more as a series of courses as opposed to simply a one off. If you are interested in finding out more, or you wish to register, e-mail Tara Arsenau @

Finally, if you wish to put your name forward for the position of VP professional development for our local, the deadline for advance nominations is December 5th. Simply click on the link on our home page for more details.

That’s it for this week, all. Drive safe this week!

Check-In, Monday, November 18th

Good morning County, Happy Monday.

Another relatively quick one today. To start with, the nominations for the local executive position of 1st Vice President, Professional Development are now open. This person is responsible for looking after our professional development fund, sits on our local executive, and is part of the regional Article 60 Committee. For those of you interested in perhaps taking on a leadership role within your union, this is a key role in our local. If you wish to find out more, contact Jason Jennings at or you can download the nomination form here. Read more

Check-In, Monday, October 21

Hello County! Happy Monday!

I am a bit late getting my memo out today, but that is because I have just gotten back from presenting the first Inspire award for the 2019/2020 school year!

Please join me on congratulating Sue McMaster from Sir John A. MacDonald High school. Sue is known as an amazing woman, a phenomenal teacher and a true carrier of SJA school spirit! Sue is pictured here with her partner Sue, and her daughters Olivia and Macky. Thanks, Ms. McMaster for all you do! Read more

Check-In, Tuesday, October 15th

Good Morning County! Happy Tuesday. I hope this weekend found you surrounded by family and friends, and that you were able to take a much deserved break.

Just a few bits and pieces today. I am really excited that we have our first Inspire award ready to go for this year. I will be contacting the member’s school this week and arranging a visit, so stay tuned for the announcement next week. Read more

Check-In, October 7th, 2019

Good morning County! Happy Monday.

To start off with I hope you had a chance to enjoy your treats form us on Friday! Every school was sent a gift card from Sobey’s, so I hope you were able to find some time to have a small break from your hectic day and enjoy a small sweet or some such from us. The gift cards were mailed out last week, so if your school did not receive one, please let me know! Read more