Aug 252016

In accordance with article 4-3.00 of the current ESSB-ESTA local agreement, the school council is an important element for the proper functioning of a school: “4-3.01 The teachers of a school shall contribute to the pedagogical and disciplinary administration of that school through the operation of a school council.” Here is what our local agreement outlines in terms of the timing for the creation of this group: “4-3.04 At a staff meeting held within the first three working days of the school year, the staff shall elect the members of the school council for the current school year. Failing this, the school council will be elected at the first staff meeting of the new school year.”

At these meetings, I recommend that the teachers also elect their school/centre union representatives. According to ESTA’s constitution, each school/centre should appoint one union delegate. However, if the school/centre has a member of the ESTA executive on staff, then he/she must also act as the school/centre’s union delegate. In the latter case, no election is necessary.

Each appointed union delegate for the 2016-2017 school year should communicate their appointment with the ESTA office as soon as possible, preferably by email. The names of the school council representatives do no need to be communicated to the ESTA office.

Aug 162016

The Federal Liberal Government introduced a tax deduction for the purchase of school materials by teachers. So this year, remember to keep copies of receipts for any items that you purchase in connection with teaching and preparing your classroom for the new school year — they may be useful when you file your annual income tax!

For more information concerning eligible, tax-deductable expenses, please visit the Canada Revenue Agency’s website:


Aug 162016

We sincerely hope that all teachers have had an enjoyable and restful summer break. ESTA would like to wish all teachers a successful and rewarding 2016-2017 academic year. As a reminder, here are the dates that youth sector teachers will return to work:

  • August 22: Baie Comeau, New Richmond, New Carlisle, Shigawake-Port Daniel, Gaspe Polyvalent, Gaspe Elementary, Belle Anse
  • August 24: Riverview, Fermont, Queen Elizabeth, Flemming
  • August 25: Escuminac, Grosse Ile, Metis Beach, Evergreen, St. Patrick’s
Aug 162016

The Eastern Shores School Board priority of employment list (youth sector) and recall list (adult and vocational education) have been updated and are now available. It is important to verify the teacher seniority lists and notify the union office within forty (40) working days to correct any errors or omissions. Copies of the list can be found in the following places:

  • School/centre bulletin boards
  • On the ESTA website under the “Members” tab (ask your union delegate for the password)
  • Requesting a copy from your school/centre administrator or the school board’s Human Resources Department
Aug 012016
molumen-phone-iconEffective September 2016, ESTA will no longer maintain the following phone numbers: (418) 680-0001 and 1-888-584-0001 In the future, the ESTA office can be reached by phone at (418) 680-2163. The fax number remains unchanged. Thank you for updating this contact information.
Jun 202016

The 2015-2020 collective agreement between QPAT and the CPNCA was signed June 16, 2016.

It provides for retroactivity on salary.

This retroactivity will be paid before September 30, 2016 for those employed during the 2015-2016 school year. Those who only worked during the 2014-2015 school year will be paid retroactivity fifteen days after those who worked the 2015-2016 school year are paid.


La convention collective 2015-2020 liant l’APEQ et le CPNCA a été signée le 16 juin 2016.

Elle prévoit une rétroactivité sur les clauses salariales.

Cette rétroactivité sera payée avant le 30 septembre 2016 pour les personnes qui étaient à l’emploi durant l’année scolaire 2015-2016. Pour les personnes qui étaient à l’emploi durant l’année scolaire 2014-2015 seulement la rétroactivité sera payée dans les 15 jours suivant le paiement des personnes à l’emploi en 2015-2016.

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.