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

rick-headshot-0109Internationally respected Rick Hansen has shown the world that there is no obstacle that cannot be overcome.

Rick Hansen’s Man In Motion World Tour, which raised awareness of the potential of people with disabilities, captured the hearts and minds of millions of people everywhere. Faced with multiple obstacles, from blinding snowstorms to endless mountain ranges and uncompassionate political borders, Rick gave his all, and ultimately emerged triumphant. He is currently the only man in history to have successfully circumnavigated the globe in a wheelchair.

Rick Hansen inspires his audiences to challenge themselves and their organizations in their search to find the courage and commitment to be the best that they can be. He believes that consistently applying fundamental principles enables people to manage change effectively and achieve their goals.

Understanding the significance of the support and mentorship he has received throughout his life, Rick is committed to working with young people to support the development of social responsibility and life skills. He encourages them to be the best that they can be and to believe that anything is possible if they have the courage to try.

Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Palais Des Congrès De Montréal

Dec 032013

QPAT Convention Banner 2013To ensure that the annual QPAT Convention maintains a high level of quality in the future, QPAT is soliciting the feedback of its members. Whether you attended the convention or not and whether or not your experience was positive, teachers are asked to submit their comments through a survey. The survey will be anonymous and the results will not be shared with school boards. The website address to the survey can be obtained through your school/centre’s local union delegate. Thank you for your help.

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.

Nov 192012
Dear ESTA colleagues,
As we finish our first term, I know that many of you are planning on attending the annual QPAT Convention in Montreal. By now, your school union delegates should have given you a booklet listing the workshops and an admission coupon.
There are many opportunities for professional development at the annual QPAT Convention, but I would like to invite you to a very special event hosted just for YOU! I hope that you will be able to join me at the New Teacher Welcome Event (see attachment).
Ah! I remember my first QPAT Convention! Alas, I made a monumental mistake. After attending the all-day pre-Conference and the evening workshops, I retired early to my hotel for some much needed sleep and, therefore, missed the keynote speaker. I hope that you will not make the same mistake that I made and will come listen to Josh Freed (and if you’ve still got the energy, there’s a dance afterwards with door prizes!)
Here are a couple of final reminders: make sure to have your authorization to travel forms completed ahead of time AND make sure to save your name tags since you’ll need these to be reimbursed AND have a safe trip to/from Montreal.
I look forward to seeing many of you at the New Teacher Welcome Event at the Palais des Congrès in Montreal this Thursday.

Ray Venables

Oct 232012
The PIC committee met today and created the 2012-2013 PIC Policy Kit.
It is important that teachers pay particular attention to page 6 of this year’s policy kit since there have been some changes made to who is eligible to apply for PIC funding. The amount of funding for this year is the same as last year except there is now a $1500 maximum limit.
Coincidentally, I just leaned today that the annual QPAT Convention Program is now available on QPAT’s website here. Any teacher who wishes to attend this Convention must remember the following important points:
  • Teachers must have their school/centre administrator sign their authorization to travel before they leave
  • Teachers must preserve their nametags as proof of attendance and submit them to ESSB with their expense claims
  • Teachers should register quickly if they intend on attending any pre-Convention activities
  • Teachers should be encouraged to attend the keynote speaker, Mr. Josh Freed
  • And teachers have the stamina, the Thursday night social is increasingly popular and fun to boot!