Oct 052015
 

Dear teachers, colleagues and union delegates:

In 1994, UNESCO inaugurated October 5 as World Teachers’ Day. World Teachers’ Day represents an opportunity to express an awareness, understanding and appreciation displayed for the vital contribution that teachers make to education and development.

Today, October 5, I celebrate World Teachers’ Day with you and over 100 other countries  through a public awareness campaign that highlights the contributions of the teaching profession.

I know that it may seem a paradox to celebrate during the difficult, ongoing provincial negotiations that we’re facing in Quebec. Nevertheless, it’s important to take time to celebrate our contributions and the positive impact that they have on our students and communities.

Have a good union day,

Ray Venables
President

Eastern Shores Teachers Association
Association des enseignants(es) Eastern Shores

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

Sep 302012
 

In 1994, UNESCO inaugurated October 5 as World Teachers’ Day to commemorate the joint UNESCO and International Labour Organization’s (ILO) signing of the Recommendations Concerning the Status of Teachers.

World Teachers’ Day represents a significant token of the awareness, understanding and appreciation displayed for the vital contribution that teachers make to education and development. On October 5, we celebrate World Teachers’ Day along with the Canadian Teachers’ Federation and over 100 countries worldwide to highlight the contributions of the teaching profession.

Visit the UNESCO site here, to send an e-card to a teacher.