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

Check-In, Monday, September 30th

Good morning County! Happy Monday!

Wow. Hard to believe that we are already at the end of September!

I want to start off this week by announcing that we have two candidates vying for a seat on our Provincial Executive. They are Duncan Cameron and Drew Fournier. Voting day is October 29th, and I would like to wish both of these exceptional candidates the best of luck in the upcoming election. Regardless of outcome, County will be well represented! Read more

Check-In, Monday, September 23

Good morning County! Happy Monday.

I want to start off with some good news in that our awesome social wellness committee is off to a roaring start and have arranged for a fun night of comedy at Yuk Yuk’s! This will be taking place on Saturday, September 28th at the Westin in Halifax.

You can get a ticket for you and a guest  simply by emailing hfxcowellness@nstu.ca. Tickets are limited, so please make sure you can attend before you commit 🙂 Read more

Check-In, Monday, September 9.

Good morning County! Happy Monday.

I hope that you have weathered the storm, and that this memo finds you safe and with restored power!

Just a few quick notes for this week. We are in the process of updating our NSTU representative registry, and I had sent out a “how to” last week. If you have been selected as a school rep, we would appreciate you filling out our Rep Information Form as soon as you are able. Read more

Check-In, Tuesday, September 3rd

Good Morning County! Welcome back!

First off, thanks to everyone who joined up for the annual Labour Day march and rally! It was great to see everyone and to join with so many pro-labour groups to mark the day. If you have been following any of the events of this summer, you are aware that in BC, Alberta and Ontario teachers are facing continued adversity from governments of all political stripes. Yesterday was a great reminder that together we are stronger! Check out our Facebook page for some great pics! Read more

Check-In, June 24th, 2019

Well folks, that is pretty much a wrap.

2018-19 was unique for a few reasons. We had a new system of educational governance in our province, a new NSTU president, and, of course, our first year without principals as part of our union.

The year certainly presented some rather unique challenges for your local president, to be sure. These including the pressures around the tripartite agreement, the rather intense negotiations that happened at the regional level in order to finally secure a regional agreement, and the introduction of the newly minted phrase “unscheduled instructional time” (although the pressure felt by me around that last one kind of pales in comparison to the rest of you.) Read more