Check-In, Monday, November 19th.

Hello County.

I sit to pen this Monday Check-In with a very heavy heart.

Last Thursday, our local lost a tremendous champion, mentor and friend with the sudden passing of long time NSTU member Susan Noiles.

For those of you who did not know her, Susan was an amazing educator whose career spanned 3 decades. Most recently, she held a guidance position at Lockview High School where she had worked for 18 years. She was also a wife, a mother, sister and a very proud Nana. As an avid unionist, Susan held a number of positions, both locally and provincially, including serving on the Insurance Trustees, and on the Provincial Executive and had long been an active member for Halifax County.

For those of us who did know Susan, however, we understand that her involvement ran much deeper than the positions she held. She had a passion for fairness and a way of seeing issues through a very objective lens that made her someone to be reckoned with. You knew at the meetings that when Susan approached the microphone, you should probably pay attention. She was never anything but professional, and she exuded this calm sense of assurance, but when she wanted you to hear a message, I can tell from personal experience, you heard exactly what was on her mind.

She attended our local meeting last Wednesday night, the day before she died, and as always, was involved in the discussion and the debate. In her last act of Unionism, she remained well after the meeting had adjourned, wishing to bend the ear of her local President on an issue, as she did so often. In typical Susan style, she apologized for taking my time, but felt compelled to speak to how something that had come up that evening was so important to our members.

And that was what she was like; naturally wired to put others’ needs before her own.

To paraphrase a line from Julius Caesar, I owe Susan more words than you will see me write today. She was nothing short of an inspiration, and she will be deeply, deeply missed.

Have a good week, County, and reach out with any questions or concerns.

Check-In, Monday, November 5th

Hello County! Happy Monday!

I would like to start off today with a great big “Thanks” to all the reps who attended our annual training session at Oak Island this past weekend. We had some very engaged members give up their weekend to attend sessions on Saturday afternoon and again on Sunday morning, and many took the opportunity to network with reps from other sites. The sessions this year focused on everything from charter schools to a Q & A session with our Provincial Executive. Read more

Check- In, Monday, October 29th

Good morning County, Happy Monday.

Today marks a very important day. Today, in partnership with Dartmouth and Halifax City, we are officially launching the Guarding Minds at Work Survey.

Over the past few years, mental health practitioners have become increasingly aware of the impact of the work place environment on the workers. Stresses of the job, not enough time, managing demands all place a tremendous burden on people in the work-force. If left unchecked, this can lead to people having to take extended time off work. In fact, by some accounts, mental health problems are the fastest rising cause for both short and long term disabilities in our country. Read more

Check-In, Monday, October 22nd

Good morning County! Happy Monday!

I would like to start off with an official “Congratulations!” to Paul Boudreau for being elected as our Provincial Executive representative last Wednesday evening. As well, thanks to Drew Fournier for putting his name forward. Our organization thrives on democracy, and I am of the mind that having more than one candidate throwing their hat into the ring for a position speaks well of the overall engagement of our membership. Read more

Check-In, Monday, October 1st

Good morning, County! Happy October!

Last week was another busy one here at the office, as all three local Presidents struggled to understand the removal of excess marking and preparation time from teachers schedules, and the implementation of the tier 2 support for students.

It seems that there is a great deal of confusion around what this support is meant to be, and how it has rolled out across schools. We have recently received information from the HRCE that this is not meant to be “Tier 2” support, but rather “Tier 1” support. However, when looking at the inclusion report, what is actually happening in most schools fits under neither description. We have further been told that this is still very much a work in progress, and is an attempt to align HRCE practice with the Inclusion report, and, more specifically, the Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS) for students. Read more

Check-In, September 24th, 2018

Good Morning, County! Happy Monday.

Rather a short Monday Check-In this week, as there is a whole number of issues that are set to be dealt with/ discussed this week.

Today, the Halifax Regional Representative Council (HHRC) will be meeting with the HRCE to discuss a number of issue in our regularly scheduled Management/ Teacher meeting. Topics this time around include Permits to Teach, Power Outages and Water Shortages, Tier 2 Supports and the new Teaching Standards. I will have updates ready for presentation on these topics for Wednesday’s general meeting. Read more

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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