Apr 062017

The ESTA Nominations Committee (Ray Venables and Zak Likely) is hereby giving notice of a by-election for the position of 1st VICE-PRESIDENT of the ESTA Executive.

Nominations are invited for the aforementioned position. This position will expire on June 30, 2018.

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 4, 2017):

April 4                        Notice of Election
April 12                      Close of Nominations (nomination forms must be received at the ESTA office by 3:00 pm of this date)
April 19                      Election Statement (only necessary if the position is contested; limited to one page – must be received by 3:00 pm of this date)
April 26                      Election Day (if necessary)

Nominations should be e-mailed or faxed to the ESTA office. You can obtain a nomination form from your school/centre’s union delegate or by contacting the ESTA office.

Mar 072017

The following applications should be submitted to ESSB by the dates indicated below.

April 1st to ESSB:


April 15th to your principal:


Within 5 days of job postings to ESSB:


Dec 112016

Dear ESSB teacher,

Once again this year, the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provider for the Eastern Shores School Board is Morneau Shepell.

Morneau Shepell is a leading EFAP service provider and offers a wide range of confidential and voluntary support services to assist you and your family with resolving everyday challenges, complex issues, and everything in- between. You and your immediate family have access to the EFAP at no cost.

Please remember that the EFAP is completely confidential within the limits of the law. No one, including Eastern Shores School Board, will ever know that you have used the service unless you choose to tell them.

What does your EFAP include?

  • Short-term Professional Counselling provides support for personal and emotional issues. Choose from a variety of delivery methods to best suit your comfort level and lifestyle including In-Person, Telephonic, E- Counselling, First Chat (instant online chat with a counsellor), Video, Text-based self-paced.
  • Family Support Services connects you with a Family Support Specialist for personalized assistance with family planning, parenting, childcare, eldercare, homecare support and more.
  • Legal Support Services provide consultation with professional lawyers to answer legal questions surrounding divorce, custody, adoption, real estate, debt, bankruptcy, landlord/tenant issues, and more.
  • Financial Support Services provide consultation with financial professionals to answer financial questions about budgeting, debt management, tax issues, and more.

The program is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!!!

Call the Morneau Shepell Care Access Centre toll free at 1 (800) 387-4765;
Register and login to E-Counselling via workhealthlife.com, MorneauShepell.com or My EAP app.

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.


Dec 022016

To: All schools and centres
From: Pamela Patterson and Christine Piercey
Cc: Ray Venables
Date: December 2, 2016
Re: Executive election results

As members of the Nominations Committee for the executive elections, we declare the results of the executive elected as follows:

For the position of president:

  • Louise Drapeau –  President (29% of the votes)
  • Gillian Garrett –  President (71% of the votes)

For the position of 1st Member-at-Large:

  • Averill McWhirter-Huxter (44% of the vote)
  • John Prince – 1st Member-at-Large (56% of the vote)

As members of the Nominations Committee for the executive elections, we declare the elected to be: Gillian Garrett (President) and John Prince (1st Member-at-Large). Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to all candidates for your interest in our association.

The ESTA Executive will consists of the following people as of July 1, 2017:

  1. Gillian Garrett – President – until June 30, 2019
  2. Vacant – 1st Vice-President – until June 30, 2018
  3. Erin Ross – 2nd Vice-President – until June 30, 2018
  4. Adele Flowers – Secretary-Treasurer – until June 30, 2019
  5. John Prince – 1st Member-at-Large – until June 30, 2019
  6. Ruth Copping – 2nd Member-at-Large  – until June 30, 2018

It is worth noting that the position of 1st Vice-President will become vacant on July 1, 2017 since Ms. Gillian Garrett currently holds that position. As a result, a by-election will be necessary sometime in the future.

Nov 122016

The Nominations Committee declare that as of the close of nominations on November 10, 2016 at 3 p.m., we declare the following results:

Adele Flowers – Secretary/Treasurer (acclaimed)


Since there were more than one candidate for the positions of President and 1st Member-at-Large, an election will be necessary.

In the near future, candidates’ election statements will be sent to the schools and centres. Elections will take place in the schools/centres on Thursday, December 1, 2016.

Congratulations to to Adele Flowers on being acclaimed to the executive of the Eastern Shores Teachers Association, and good luck to all candidates in the upcoming election.

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

Oct 272016


The ESTA Nominations Committee (Pamela Patterson and Christine Piercey) is hereby giving notice of an election for the following ESTA Executive positions. 

Nominations are invited for the following position on the ESTA Executive. These positions will expire on June 30, 2019.

  • President
  • Secretary-Treasurer
  • 1st Member-at-Large

To learn more about the responsibilities for these positions, please refer to the ESTA Constitution. To obtain a copy, please ask your school’s union delegate or visit the ESTA website at www.esteachers.org

TIMELINE (adopted by ESTA Board of Directors on October 26, 2016):

October 27, 2016                  Notice of Election
November 10, 2016              Close of Nominations (must be received by 3:00 pm)
November 17, 2016               Election Statement (only necessary if the position is contested; limited to one page – must be received by 3:00 pm)
December 1, 2016                Election Day

Nominations should be e-mailed as attachments (with signatures) to Christine Piercey cjpiercey@hotmail.com or faxed to Gaspe Elementary School at (418) 368-2261. Please ask your school/centre’s union delegate for a nomination form if you are interested in any of the aforementioned executive positions.

Oct 272016

Dear Eastern Shores Teachers Association Members,

One of our goals for this school year is to provide you with pertinent and useful information and we want to communicate it to you in a more efficient way.  This is why we are asking you to sign up to our e-mail mailing list at the following address: https://goo.gl/2wOFg5 (You can also find the link or by clicking on the MailChimp mailing list icon on our website.)

Our objective is to allow us to communicate with you in a more direct fashion without having to go through the school board’s server with union information.  This information is sometimes confidential.

Rest assured that the information you provide to us will remain completely confidential and internal. We guarantee that you will not be bombarded on a daily basis, only when the need arises.

Thank you for your trust and participation in this initiative.


Ray Venables