Check-In, Monday, September 17th

Good morning County. Welcome to week three!

Last week saw your local executive meet on Wednesday and discuss a number of issue and concerns. We solidified a number of motions which had their inception at our executive summer planning, and we will be presenting them in finalized form at the local meeting on SEPTEMBER 26th. (Please note this change of date.)

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Check-in, June 18th.

Well, folks, that just about wraps up another year.

This will be my last Check-in of the year, and as you all set about the last few weeks of business that is the end of year wrap up, I just wanted to send out a wish that your summer be restful and at least somewhat relaxing.

In one last little bit of union news, we did manage to get through the Teacher Placement Process on Saturday, and we had almost two hundred teachers secure employment for next year. I want to take a moment to congratulate everyone who did so, and wish them an excellent summer of anticipation and excitement. Read more

Monday Check-In, June 11

Good morning County! Happy Monday!

We start of this week with a bit of a good news story in that yesterday saw Halifax County celebrating another amazing group of retirees. We had a lovely brunch at the Delta, and it was a wonderful time of celebration for a great group of educators who have made it to the finish line. I often like to ask the retirees where they plan on being on the first day of school in September, and I had one gentleman tell me his notice of assignment for 2018-19 listed his local Legion! Thanks to our social wellness chair, Mona MacNeil, and her committee for organizing such a great event, and congratulations to all our retirees. Read more

Check-In, Monday, June 4th

Good morning, County! Happy Monday!

First of all, a big congratulations to Paul Wozney on being elected to become the next president of the NSTU. He won 58% of the vote and will take over on August 1st, 2018. I want to take a small point of personal privilege to thank Paul on a great campaign, and am looking forward to supporting him in whatever capacity I can as Local President as we move forward through what will undoubtedly be a challenging two years. Read more

Check-In, Monday May 28th

Good morning County! Happy Monday.

Well the Provincial President election is down to two candidates from County, myself and Paul Wozney. A quick thank you is in order for Cherie Abriel, Shawn Hanifen and Liette Doucet for running great campaigns and putting their names forward. The final vote will take place this Thursday to decide who will take the role come August 1st. Voting packages should be arriving at your schools this week, and if you have any questions or do not receive enough cards, contact Paul Boudreau at I would encourage everyone to cast a ballot on Thursday. Let’s see if we can get our voter turn out up over 80 percent this time around! Read more

Check-In, Tuesday, May 22nd

Good morning County, Happy Tuesday.

I hope that many of you had a chance to unplug this long weekend, and are now ready for the final push to the finish line.

As you are probably aware, the vote for the NSTU presidential race is tomorrow, May 23rd. I have fielded a number of questions around administrators, and yes, they may still vote on Wednesday. Your school should have received your voter cards last week, and if you have not, (or if you do not believe you have enough) please contact Read more

Check-In, Monday, May 14th

Good Morning County, Happy Monday.

As staffing season kicks into high gear, I am getting lots of calls about notice of assignment.

Please note that the principal does have the right to assign you as per the needs of the school. However, if you feel that the assignment is unfair or unreasonable, you can request to have an explanation as to why it has changed.

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Check-In, Monday, May 7th

Good Morning, County. Happy Monday.

Well, another Annual Council has come and gone. This weekend was again filled with lots of lively debate and great networking opportunities. I want to thank all the Halifax County Delegates who gave up their weekend to do the business of council. We had a number of our members put their names forward for positions, and congratulations to Shelley Luddington on being appointed as a representative for the Canadian Teachers Federation. Read more

Check-In, Monday, April 30th

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. Read more