May 122014
North Shore teachers from Baie Comeau High School, Flemming Elementary School, Riverview Elementary School, and Queen Elizabeth High School are invited to ESTA’s Annual General Meeting that will be held on Friday, May 16 at 2 p.m. at the Restaurant Bar Chez Omer (372 Avenue Brochu, Sept-Îles).
Each ESTA member will receive $35 so that he/she may attend the meeting. The duration of the meeting will be approximately 3.5 hours. Afterwards, all members are invited to enjoy a meal together along with our guest, commissioner Keith Elderidge, at the Chez Omer. Meals are à la carte and each member must pay his/her own meal.
ESTA’s president, Ray Venables, would like to offer a special thank you to Brian DeCiccio for organizing this event.
Jan 312014

All members of the Eastern Shores Teachers Association are invited to attend its Annual General Meeting which will be at the following dates and times:

Date Meeting time Locality Organizer
May 9, 2014 T.B.D. T.B.D.
Magdalen Islands
Tammy Clarke, Grosse Ile School
May 16, 2014 T.B.D. Hotel Mingan, 665, boul. Laure, Sept-Iles Brian DeCiccio, Flemming Elementary
May 30, 2014 2 p.m. (banquet at 6 p.m.) Camp Bellefeuille, Pabos Mills Ray Venables, Evergreen High School

Members of the Council of Commissioners, School Board personnel, School Administrators and Centre Directors are invited to the banquet following our the AGM.

For more information, please contact your school or centre’s union delegate.

Apr 282013

Dear ESTA teachers,

On behalf of the Eastern Shores Teachers Association, I would like to invite you to our local union’s Annual General Meetings and the banquet following these meetings.

The dates of the ESTA AGM are as follows:

Date Meeting time Locality
May 10, 2013 2:30 p.m. Northern Lights Adult Education Centre, Sept-Iles
May 24, 2013 2:30 p.m. Centre Bonne Aventure, Bonaventure
May 31, 2013 9:00 a.m. Auberge Madeli, Magdalen Islands

If you are able to attend one of our meetings, please complete the sign-up sheet in your school or centre. Your school or centre’s union delegate may have more information specific to your loacality.

I hope that you will be able to join us in solidarity. I am particularly looking forward to celebrating a number of retiring teachers at the Sept-Iles event.

Have a good union day,

Ray Venables

Apr 182012

Once again this year, the ESTA Annual General Meeting will be held in three parts due to the large territory we must cover. Teachers who attend the meeting will be reimbursed $35 each to help pay for travel and, for those who choose to attend, the meal afterwards.

Traditionally, the ESTA AGM is more than a report on the union’s activities of the year; it is also an opportunity to gather socially and in solidarity. This year is especially exciting since there are a large number of retiring teachers; please join me as we celebrate their careers in education. School board representatives will also be in attendance to celebrate the many years that our retiring teachers have spent in the service of our school board and its students. I look forward to seeing many of you at our AGM and banquet.

NOTE: Please confirm your attendance and your meal choice with your school/centre’s union delegate. A sign-up sheet will be circulating in each school/centre. You may bring a guest to the supper but please confirm their attendance in order to help the restaurant plan for our event.

Part 1 of 3
Where: Grande-Entrée, Magdalen Islands – NEW LOCATION
Date: May 11, 2012
Time: 1:30 p.m – 5ish p.m. (meeting); around 6 p.m. (drinks and meal)
Organizer: Tammy Anne Clarke

Part 2 of 3
Where:  Sept-Iles, North Shore (Meeting will be held at QEHS; Supper at
Date: May 25, 2012
Time: Tentatively 2:30 p.m. – 6ish p.m. (meeting); around 6:30 p.m. (meal at Pub St. Marc)
Organizer: Rosemary Feger

Part 3 of 3
Where: La Bonaventure sur mer, Percé – NEW LOCATION
Date: June 1, 2012
Time: 2 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (meeting); 6:30 p.m. (meal)
Organizer: Ray Venables
NOTE: Please contact the hotel directly at (418) 566-4344 for overnight reservations. Mention that you are with ESTA for the special discounted rate.

Jun 122011

At the recent three-part AGM of our Association, three motions were passed to update our constitution:

  1. Change the definition of “teacher” to reflect the collective agreement.
  2. Change to: “at least one member of the Executive shall be appointed to the positions of PIC representative and at least one member shall be appointed as EPC representative to ensure the legitimacy and effectiveness of said committees.”
  3. Add the following to the duties of the Secretary-Treasurer: “- act as a delegate of ESTA at ESTA’s Annual General  Meetings.”

The updated constitution is now available online here and via the Legal Documents page.

May 092010

On May 6 and 7, QPAT held its Annual General Meeting (a.k.a. Provincial Council) in Point-Claire. Representing ESTA were Nelson Roussy, 1st vice-president, and myself. Gordon Dell, ESTA past president, was also there as a QPAT executive board member.

The meeting began with the “big guns” as Serge Laurendeau, QPAT president, introduced three representatives from our Common Front partners: Mary-Lou Donnelly, President of the Canadian Teacher’s Federation; Manon Bernard, President of the Fédération des syndicats de l’enseignemnet (FSE); and Réjean Parent, president of the Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ).

I was very happy to meet with 111 representatives from the various locals that makeup QPAT. It was a very productive meeting and I feel that these meetings bring us all a little closer. Solidarity!