Jun 272017
In 2016-2017, unused sick days are no longer accumulated in a teacher’s “bank.” Instead all six (6) days are worth money and unused days are paid at the end of the school year. ESSB will calculate the sick day payout only on the last day of work; it will then pay teachers the unused sick days for the year on July 13, 2017. The reason for this date (rather than June 29) is to avoid the need to recoup money in the event of illness during the final working days in June.
May 022017

There are many resources for those who have depression or mental health problems and are considering suicide. The Suicide Help Line is 1-866-277-3553 (1-866-APPELLE). This service is available throughout the Eastern Shores School Board’s territory.

Dec 112016

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to thank you for your support and for electing me as your new President, effective July 1, 2017. I look forward to serving all members in the upcoming years. I wish you all a good few weeks before the holidays. I understand this can be a challenging time of the year in schools. I thank you again for taking the time to vote last week and for your continued support.


Nov 102016

Today is the last day of the Public Consultation on Educational Success. The survey is seeking opinions to help students achieve their full potential, the mobilization of partners and stakeholders in support of educational success and developing a favourable context for student learning, personal development and success. Those interested in taking part must do so online today: https://www7.education.gouv.qc.ca/dc/consultation/index.php?page=donnerAvis&L=en

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.
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 www.esteachers.org).

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.

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