District 29 Committee Work
I would like to thank all OSSTF members who have been sitting on our standing committees for their work so far this year. We have seen a large decline in our membership over the past 10 years along with student enrolment, leaving more on the shoulders of remaining OSSTF members who volunteer time with their Federation. Our new PAC Podcast, Educational Services representatives supporting JSD, CBC bargaining survey, the work of the CEE committee featured in this newsletter, and P&B workshops all demonstrate the positive outcomes from committee work taking place in our local.
Local Leadership Retreat
OSSTF District 29 hosted a leadership retreat at Elmhirst’s Resort November 22nd and 23rd. Delegates were busy with a compact agenda and 3 focused workshops. On the evening of November 22nd Wayne Milliner from the provincial office led delegates through his departments assessment of the current political climate in the province. During the day on November 23rd we ran two workshops, the first dealing with workplace violence and reporting, and the second focused on member mapping and engagement. We thank all of our members who attended this conference for their time and commitment to continued professional growth and support for colleagues.
November 28th Lobby Day
On November 28th Keith Sled (D29 Vice-President) and I attended Lobby Day at Queen’s Park. This annual event is organized by the Provincial OSSTF Political Action Department, and has local leaders meeting with MPP’s at their offices in Queen’s Park. Todd Smith was not able to meet and cited a hectic schedule; he did stop by to visit and say hello to our local delegation during a breakfast meeting. Daryl Kramp was not able to meet as he was not at Queen’s Park on Lobby Day. Overall many OSSTF local Presidents were able to meet with MPP’s, reinforcing the good work being done in public education and the need for continued support for a strong Public Education System into the future.