Dec 182014
 

Teacher unions where taken aback by the Government’s insulting offer this week. All indications are that there will be an ugly fight between the Liberal Government and its teachers in the new year. Although Liberal leader Philippe Couillard stated that “Education is the best investment of all for the future” on March 10, 2014, it seems that neither the Treasury Board nor Yves Bolduc, Minster of Education, agree.

Read QPAT’s press release here. Ou ici en français.

Read the details of the Government’s offer here. Ou ici en français.

Note: all documents are available on QPAT’s website at http://www.qpat-apeq.qc.ca/

Dec 012014
 

qpat_logoThe Eastern Shores Teachers Association is represented on two provincial committees of the Quebec Provincial Association of Teachers. Ray Venables, ESTA president and QPAT Treasurer, sits on the Finance and Budget committee. Adele Flowers, ESTA Secretary-Treasurer, belongs to the Human Rights and Social Justice committee. Committee members have a two-year mandate which will end in 2016.

Nov 152014
 

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Quebec Provincial Association of Teachers. For that reason, attendance is expected to be high; more than 50 teachers from the Eastern Shores School Board have already applied for PIC funding!

One change this year is that there will not be any convention programs sent to schools. Instead, you can view the program online here. Hardcopies of the program will be given to participants at the Palais des Congrès during registration.

Also, please note that a number of pre-convention activities have been cancelled due to a lack of registrations. Please refer to QPAT’s website for an updated list of pre-convention activities and be sure to register early for remaining spaces.

Be sure not to miss this year’s keynote speaker, Rick Hanson. He’s an amazing athlete and an inspirational man who is the only person to circumnavigate the globe in a wheelchair!

Finally, your President, Ray Venables, looks forward to seeing many Eastern Shores teachers at the QPAT social on the evening of Thursday, November 27.

Sep 222014
 

The annual QPAT convention pre-conference activities are now open for registration. For more details, please visit the QPAT website or ESTA’s website. Print copies of this document will be available in schools and centres soon.


Les activités précongrès de l’APEQ sont maintenant ouvertes pour les inscriptions. Pour plus de détails, s’il vous plaît visitez le site web de l’APEQ ou le site web de l’AEES. Ces document seront disponibles dans les écoles et les centres bientôt.

Sep 222014
 

rick-headshot-0109Rick Hansen, un homme respecté à l’échelle internationale, a prouvé au monde entier qu’aucun obstacle n’est insurmontable.

La Tournée mondiale Rick Hansen, Man in Motion, laquelle a sensibilisé le public au potentiel des personnes handicapées, a captivé le coeur et l’esprit de millions de gens de tous les coins du globe. Aux prises avec de multiples obstacles, depuis d’aveuglantes tempêtes de neige jusqu’aux interminables chaînes de montagnes, sans compter les frontières politiques dépourvues de compassion, Rick s’est donné tout entier, et est finalement sorti triomphant. Il est maintenant le seul homme de l’histoire à avoir fait le tour du monde en fauteuil roulant.

Rick Hansen inspire ses auditoires à se lancer un défi, ainsi qu’à leurs organisations, dans leur quête en vue de puiser le courage et l’engagement pour être la meilleure personne qu’ils puissent être. Il croit que l’application constante de principes fondamentaux aide les gens à effectuer un changement efficace et à atteindre leurs objectifs.
Comprenant l’importance du soutien et du mentorat qu’il a reçus tout au long de sa vie, Rick s’engage à travailler avec les jeunes afin de soutenir le développement de la responsabilité sociale et l’acquisition d’habiletés fondamentales. Il les encourage à être les meilleures personnes qu’elles et qu’ils peuvent être et à croire que tout est possible s’ils ont le courage d’essayer.

Le Jeudi 27 Novembre 2014 À 20h 00
Palais Des Congrès De Montréal

Sep 192013
 

QPAT Convention Banner 2013The QPAT pre-convention activities that will be held on Thursday, November 21, 2013 are now available for early registration. Click here for the PDF document.

To learn more about this year’s guest speaker, Mr. Greg Forbes Siegman, visit QPAT’s website here.

For those of you who are planning to attend the annual QPAT convention, the largest anglophone professional development activity in the province, why not beat the rush and make your hotel reservations now. Information about the official hotel for this event can also be found on QPAT’s website.

Mar 122013
 

A broad coalition of groups under the banner of Coalition prioritéducation has been formed to demand that the provincial government stop the continued cutbacks in the education budget. This coalition was initiated by the Fédération des comités de parents du Québec (FCPQ), the organization of parents’ committees in the French sector, and many groups have joined this coalition, including QPAT and the other teacher federations in the province, principals’ associations, the school board federations, and parent groups in the English sector.

The coalition has placed a petition on the National Assembly’s website calling for a stop to the cuts in education funding. The text of the petition “Making Public Education a Genuine Priority” is the following:

WHEREAS we want to make public education a genuine national priority for all of Québec;

WHEREAS the budget cuts to education in recent years have had numerous adverse effects on the quality of life in the educational community and have hampered academic perseverance and success;

WHEREAS these cuts have exacerbated social inequality among students and regional communities;

WHEREAS academic perseverance and success are crucial to the development of a healthy, committed and prosperous society;

We, the citizens of Québec, demand that the National Assembly convince the government to cease these cuts and take means to ensure an important and adequate investment in the quality of the education environment in schools so that public education becomes a genuine national priority, capable of meeting the needs of all students.

Teachers in all of QPAT’s local unions are encouraged to sign the petition on the National Assembly’s website at the following address:

https://www.assnat.qc.ca/en/exprimez-votre-opinion/petition/Petition-3497/index.html

It is recommended to use the online petition. However, copies of the petition may be printed from the coalition’s website and returned to the FCPQ. Go to the following site to print a copy; please note that the entire document must be printed without editing.

http://www.fcpq.qc.ca/data/userfiles/files/Docutheque/Petition/petition_coalition_priorite_education_ EN.pdf 

Mar 102013
 
online-surveysDear ESTA teachers,
QPAT has requested volunteers from teachers throughout the province to conduct a survey on the topic of professional autonomy. Overall, 535 teachers will be surveyed provincially; ESTA has been asked to forward the names of twenty-five (25) teacher volunteers.
I would like to invite all ESTA teachers to participate in this survey. The online form can be found here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1jdHhT1cr87pPxghVgjPb5NZO1hQ0M97AqOGPCif2S7k/edit?usp=sharing
All interested parties should complete the registration form before March 15, 2013.
Thank you for your interest and have a good union day!

Ray Venables, President
May 052012
 

On Thursday, May 3 at the QPAT Provincial Council (a.k.a. AGM), the Nominations Committee declared the following elected or acclaimed to the QPAT Executive Committee for 2012-2014:

Richard Godfinch, President
Steven LeSueur, Chairperson
Richard Greschner, Treasurer
David Walker, Secretary
John Donnelly, Member-at-Large
Ruth Rosenfield, Member-at-Large
Ray Venables, Member-at-Large

I would like to thank all of those who supported me during this election. As I said in my election statement, I will do my best to help support our President and to work closely with the executive to ensure that QPAT represents the province’s anglophone teachers and the teaching profession.

Have a good union day!