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ETFO Niagara Election for Delegates to the Provincial AGM

This year is an election year for delegates to the Annual General Meeting. The Elections Committee have been busy developing the campaign guidelines for the ETFO Niagara Elections for Delegates to the Annual General Meeting. The Elections Guidelines are posted on the ETFO Niagara website.  The nomination form is available here.  The nomination process will close on Monday, February 4, 2019, at 4PM. If you have any questions, please contact Rikki DaCosta, Elections Chair (etfoniagarachair@gmail.com)

ETFO Niagara Winter General Meeting - Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at Club Roma

The ETFO Niagara Winter General Meeting is slowly creeping up.  It will take place on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at a new location, Club Roma in St. Catharines, from 4:30 – 6:30 PM.  During the aforementioned meeting, resolutions for the Provincial AGM will be debated.  Adhering to the guidelines set forth in our Local Constitution, the items to be debated need to be shared with members at least 7 days prior to the Annual General Meeting.  This means that any resolutions to the Provincial AGM need to be submitted to the ETFO office by Friday, February 8, 2019, at 4PM.  The Resolution Form can be found here.  More information can be found here.  Should you have any questions, please contact Brian Barker at vp1@etfoniagara.ca.  To register to attend the meeting, please sign up online via Eventbrite at: https://etfoniagarawintergm1819.eventbrite.ca.

Upcoming Workshops/Events

ETFO Niagara has some upcoming workshops available to its members:

ETFO Walk Into Retirement With A Plan Workshop - Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Are you in the last 5 years of your career and thinking about retiring?  ETFO Niagara will be holding a workshop for those interested members to provide them with information to help guide them through this important life decision.  The workshop will take place on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at Amici’s Banquet Centre,, beginning at 4:30PM.  This workshop will be about the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, as well as benefits that are available to retirees through OTIP.  There will also be a presentation that talk about the specifics and procedures that are required to retire from the Board.  To register for the event, sign up at http://www.otip.com/events.  For more information, please view the poster by clicking here.

Growing A Women’s Wellness Culture” – Wed., Feb 20, 2019

 Staying healthy during the winter months can be a challenge. This workshop is will teach you how DoTerra Essential Oils can optimize your health.  The cost is $25.  Since the event is subsidized, this is only open for ETFO Niagara Contract teachers.  For additional information, please view the poster by clicking here. Register at https://etfowellnesswednesdaysfebruary2019.eventbrite.ca

Gender and Sexuality 101 – Tues., February 26, 2019

What’s the difference between gender identity, gender expression and sexuality? This workshop will examine ways for participants to increase their understanding of what being transgender means. For more information please view the posterhere.  If you have and questions, please contact Jim Brigham, Equity and Social Justice Chair (jbrigham41967@gmail.com) Register at https://etfoniagaragenderandsexuality2019.eventbrite.ca/

ETFO Niagara’s 13th Annual Pop Culture Trivia Night Fundraiser for the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre - Friday, Feb. 22, 2019

It’s that time of year again! On Friday, February 22, 2019, ETFO Niagara will be hosting its 13th Annual Pop Culture Trivia Night. It will take place at Amici’s in Thorold. The cost of the event is $180 for a table of up to 10. All proceeds from the night will be donated to the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre in St. Catharines. To register, please send the registration form and a cheque payable to ETFO Niagara through the school courier.  For addtional information, please view the poster.  If you have any questions, please contact Brian Barker.

Staffing Timelines for 2019-2020 School Year

With the ringing in of the New Year comes the beginning of the staffing process in the DSBN. At this time every year we bring to your attention the following:

1.  Request For Teacher Initiated Potential Administrative Transfer

A request in writing must be made to your principal and to ETFO, listing reasons for a potential administrative transfer by February 1, 2019.

2.  Request For Increased/Decreased Teaching Time

Request for Increased Teaching Time Forms, Decrease Teaching Time Forms are available in Apply To Education (www.applytoeducation.com ->Internal Postings-> View Internal Job Postings -> Request for ITT/DTT Form)

Copies must be provided to ETFO and your Principal by February 1, 2019

3.  Request For Teacher Initiated Exchange

The Request for Exchange form will be available on Apply To Education (www.applytoeducation.com ->. Internal Job Postings - > View Internal Job Postings -> 2019-2020 Teacher Initiated Exchange Form)  to teaching staff by January 14, 2019

Teachers must fill out the form by February 15th - Deadline for "Requests for Transfer".  Only staff who submit a Request for Exchange will be considered.  The HR Department will share the Exchange List with all principals, teachers and ETFO by March 1, 2019

To be eligible for the exchange list:

      A teacher is not undergoing an administrator initiated out-of-cycle TPA

      A teacher doesn't have an unsatisfactory review on their most recent TPA

      The teacher has not been declared redundant or surplus

      The teacher does not have an ongoing issue that is being investigated by the OCT, the DSBN or the Police

 Should you have any questions regarding this process, please contact one of your released officers.    

Changes to the ETFO Niagara Professional Development Fund

A sub-committee of the Executive recently reviewed the Operating Procedures of and made the following major change.  Effective January 1, 2019, teachers will be eligible to use up to $800 within a two year cycle.  Some important things to remember when applying for PD funding:

  • P.D. Fund requests must be submitted and approved at least one full day prior to the P.D. Event
  • Please give five days for your form to be delivered via courier, fax forms to 905-892-9733, or scan and send to pd@etfoniagara.ca. 
  • P.D. request forms can be found on the ETFO Niagara website under the “FORMS and DOCUMENTS” tab.
  • Due to volume of applications as well as other business of the local, please allow at least 2 weeks for the application to be processed

Should you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Brian Barker, PD Fund Amnistrator.

ETFO Niagara Ski Days - Saturday, Janaury 26 and Saturday, February 23, 2019

On Saturday, January 26th, and again on February 23th, 2019, ETFO Niagara and Edge Imaging are sponsoring the annual ski days at Kissing Bridge in Glenwood, New York.  DSBN teachers, family, friends and neighbours are invited to participate.  We have arranged a great price for ski lift tickets for this special event.  Lift tickets will cost $40.00 Canadian, and will include a lesson for those 9 or over.  Individuals will be responsible for their own transportation.  Again this year, we are arranging rental of equipment at the ski hill at a reduced rate of $20.00 CAD.  As usual there will be food and drink specials offered to our group in the Lake Effect Saloon starting in the early afternoon.  There will be no advance sign up or payment necessary.  We will be set up in the Lake Effect Saloon and will sell you your tickets there.  This will be a cash only arrangement, at this price.  Make sure you see us at the Lake Effect Saloon in the main lodge at the Central Ski Hill to get this greatly reduced lift ticket price.  Need more information?  View the poster by clicking here.

ETFO Niagara Exclusively Endorse OTIP

At the Winter 2015 AGM, ETFO Niagara passed a motion to end their exclusive agreement to enter into a new exclusive arrangement with the Ontario Teachers’ Insurance Plan.  To find out more information about the great things that OTIP offers teachers, click here to view the endorsement letter.  For more information, please feel free to visit www.otip.com/ETFO_Niagara

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