President’s Message

Fall 2019!


Happy Thanksgiving!

Now that summer is a distant memory and we prepare for the wonderful colours of the fall season we can also look forward to the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday!

Once again, we can take this short break after school start-up and catch our breath, take in some worthwhile professional development and spend some time with our families.

October is a busy month with many initiatives being held and set to begin.  Our mentorship teachers (New to the profession and Mentor teachers) have begun their collaboration with an excellent orientation evening held by our PD committee. The mentorship program is held in partnership with our district.

The New teacher conference YYC was held the weekend of World Teacher Day and we had great participation from our new teachers.  For World Teacher Day, The Calgary Flames Group  has an exciting offer for teachers in appreciation of all the work that you do!

We continue to increase engagement with our educational stakeholders, the Provincial letter-writing campaign brought forward to you by our political engagement committee has begun and we hope that you let your MLA’s know the conditions in your classrooms.  You can forward your messages to our office and we will forward it to Barnette’s house on your behalf.

We also look forward to our New Teacher Orientation, Sabbatical and PIF funding evenings coming up as we continue with providing Professional Development opportunities to our members.

In closing I would like to keep encouraging you in getting involved in our local; We will be holding a Bargaining Unit General Meeting (BUGM) at Bishop Carrol High School, Tuesday, October 29th.  This will be a very important meeting in finalizing our local bargaining.

Happy Thanksgiving, on this day, let’s remember the things that we have to be thankful for and remember those that are less fortunate than us.


God Bless,

Mario Vergara

President, Local 55