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

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
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