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, April 9th, 2018

Good morning County.

I know that many of us have spent a very reflective weekend after hearing the news of the unspeakable tragedy out of Humboldt, Saskatchewan. As someone who has spent many, many hours travelling with young people on any number of occasions, this horrifying incident has touched me deeply. The loss of even one young person is one too many, but the sheer magnitude of this devastating accident has, I am sure, given many of us more than a moment’s pause over the past few days. A GoFundMe page has been set up for the families of the victims, and if you are interested in finding out more, follow this link. Read more

Check In, April 3rd, 2018

Good morning County! I hope you had a restful Easter weekend.

As a high school teacher, the Easter break was always fairly significant for me in that it marked the 2nd to last milestone on the way to the end of the year. It was always between the Easter break and the May long weekend when I found a nice long stretch of classroom time where I could get a good flow going with my students. It was also probably one of my busiest times of the year. Just a friendly reminder to keep an eye on your own “energy reserves” as best you can over the coming weeks. Read more

Check-In, March 26th, 2018

Good morning County. Happy Monday.

I know there has been lots of discussion around many a staff room table this past week about Bill 72 and the implications. Unfortunately, I still do not have a great deal of information to share with you, but will continue to monitor and pass along what I can.

As you are probably aware, there are a number of elections on-going at the present time. We have three awesome candidates vying for our one of our Provincial Executive positions, and they are Duncan Cameron, Shaun Doyle and Crystal Isert. We will be sending out lots of information about these three over the next few weeks leading up to the election, so stay tuned. Read more

Check-in, March 19th, 2018

Hello County, and welcome back.

We return to our classrooms today under a cloud, of sorts. The full impact of Bill 72 still remains to be determined, and as we move through the next few weeks, there are bound to be numerous questions around the impact this legislation will have on members. I have no new information, but will be passing on what I do find out as quickly as I can. Read more

Check-In, February 26th

Hello County,

So, here we are, all waiting with bated breath for some announcement or news to let us know what happens next. Pretty stressful stuff, to be sure.

Considering all that has happened in the past few weeks, I do find myself taking some crazy pride in how quickly we were able to mobilize. Between the town halls, the petitions, the interviews and everything else, I dare say we broke some sort of record when it comes to spreading the word about our concerns around the Glaze report. Read more

Check-In, February 20th, 2018

Hello County,

I sent something out on Friday on this topic, but felt the message was worth repeating.

Many of you have already decided that you will be supporting the “Yes” vote. For some, however, I know the decision is much more difficult. Considering the potential ramifications, the talk of fines, and potential loss of pay, the idea of embarking on a second strike in less than a year is frightening, to say the least. Read more