May 032016

The Nominations Committee for the executive elections (comprised of Pamela Patterson and Jan Patterson) declare the elected to be:

  • Gillian Garrett – 1st Vice-President (acclaimed)
  • Erin Ross – 2nd Vice-President (acclaimed)
  • Ruth Copping – 2nd Member-at-Large (elected)

Congratulations to all returning and new officers to the Executive of the Eastern Shores Teachers Association.  As a result, the ESTA Executive now consists of the following people:

Name  — Position — Term Ends June 30th
Ray Venables — President — 2017
Gillian Garrett — 1st Vice-President — 2018
Erin Ross — 2nd Vice-President — 2018
Adele Flowers — Secretary-Treasurer — 2017
Averill Huxter — 1st Member-at-Large — 2017
Ruth Copping — 2nd Member-at-Large — 2018

Apr 132016


The ESTA Nominations Committee (Jan Patterson and Pam Patterson) is hereby giving notice of an election for the following ESTA Executive position.

Nominations are invited for the following positions on the ESTA Executive. These positions will expire on June 30, 2018.

  • 1st Vice President
  • 2nd Vice President
  • 2nd Member-at-Large

To learn more about the responsibilities for these positions, please refer to the ESTA Constitution (available on the ESTA website at

TIMELINE (adopted by ESTA Board of Directors on April 6, 2016):

April 7, 2016              Notice of Election
April 15, 2016            Close of Nominations (nomination forms must be received at the ESTA office by 3:00 pm of this date)
April 20, 2016            Election Statement (only necessary if the position is contested; limited to one page – must be received by 3:00 pm of this date)
April 29, 2016            Election Day (if necessary)

Nominations should be e-mailed or faxed to the ESTA office. Please see your school/centre’s union delegate for a nomination form.

Feb 222016

Please be aware of the following important dates for ESSB teachers:

  • April 1: deadline for teachers to request progressive retirement plans
  • April 1: deadline for teachers to request sabbatical leaves
  • April 1: deadline to request leaves of absences without pay (partial or full-time) for 2016-2017. (NB. Teachers who do not renew their LOA are assumed to be returning full-time.)
  • A teacher requesting a re-evaluation of schooling for advancement in step on the salary scale must provide the documents before this date.
  • April 15: Teachers inform the school administration of their assignment preferences for the following school year.
Jan 162016

During a recent general vote of the membership of the Eastern Shores Teacher Association, a vote was conducted to ratify the Agreement in Principle. The results are as the following:

YES: 113 (91%)
NO: 11 (9%)

Therefore, the members have votes IN FAVOUR of accepting the Agreement in Principle. I would like to thank all those who participated in the vote.

Ray Venables

Oct 092015

The Common Front (which is made up of 400 000 public sector employees) announced the strike dates today during a press release. The Common Front has determined that a rotating strike will take place by regions in Quebec.

ESTA will, therefore, strike on the following dates:
– October 27
– November 12 and 13

Oct 052015

Dear teachers, colleagues and union delegates:

In 1994, UNESCO inaugurated October 5 as World Teachers’ Day. World Teachers’ Day represents an opportunity to express an awareness, understanding and appreciation displayed for the vital contribution that teachers make to education and development.

Today, October 5, I celebrate World Teachers’ Day with you and over 100 other countries  through a public awareness campaign that highlights the contributions of the teaching profession.

I know that it may seem a paradox to celebrate during the difficult, ongoing provincial negotiations that we’re facing in Quebec. Nevertheless, it’s important to take time to celebrate our contributions and the positive impact that they have on our students and communities.

Have a good union day,

Ray Venables

Eastern Shores Teachers Association
Association des enseignants(es) Eastern Shores

Sep 172015


Tonight, the teachers of the Eastern Shores Teachers Association have vote IN FAVOUR of a bank of six (6) strike days, to be carried out as part of the Common Front.



YES VOTES:                           110 (91%)

NO VOTES:                            11 (9%)

SPOILED BALLOTS:            1

Sep 142015

On Monday, September 14, 2015, the ESTA Board of Directors were briefed on the lack of progress at the provincial negotiations table. The Board of Directors voted unanimously to conduct a general vote of the membership in order to obtain a legal strike mandate.

The general vote will occur at the same time in all schools and centres within the Eastern Shores territory. Each union delegate will conduct a vote by secret ballot in his/her school following an online presentation by Ray Venables, ESTA President.

DATE: Thursday, September 17, 2015
TIME: 4 p.m.
LOCATION: ESSB schools and centres
For more information, please ask your school/centre’s union delegate.

Aug 232015

August 23, 2015

Mr. Howard Miller
Director General
Eastern Shores School Board
40, rue Montsorrel, C.P. 500
New Carlisle, QC
G0C 1Z0

Dear Mr. Miller:

As part of the provincial Action Plan to support the ongoing provincial contract negotiations, the members of ESTA are now boycotting all training sessions organized by the administration or school board (this includes training sessions at the local and provincial levels).

What does this mean?  We will not attend optional training activities. As for compulsory activities, you can order us to attend and we will comply. However, participation will be PASSIVE in nature.

Furthermore, we ask that you respect our fifty (50) minute lunch hour and thirty-two (32) hours of presence per week to be respected (five hours per week should be teacher-directed as they are part of the Work of a Personal Nature (WPN) time).  Included in the 32 hours is any time spent traveling to workshops not held at our “home” school.


Ray Venables

cc. Ms. Nancy Doddridge, Director of Human Resources
Ms. Lisa Mosher, Director of Education Services
Mr. Wade Gifford, Chair of the Council of Commissioners
ESTA Union Delegates