President’s Message September 2017 – Richard Campbell
Welcome back to the 2017-2018 school year. To our members who are new to the profession all the best as you embark on a great career in Catholic education. To our members who are in new positions and have changed schools, all the best as you bring your dedication and talents to a different community and group of students.
We will be holding a general meeting of our Local 55 bargaining unit at Bishop McNally High School 7:00pm on Tuesday September 26th. Your negotiations team has worked hard to get us where we are as teachers. They continue to seek input as to what our needs are and bring these needs forward provincially and locally. Our support for them comes in the form of you as members being engaged in the process and attending the meeting. They will present our current bargaining position to the general assembly and be there to answer any questions you may have.
Our district principals will be asking for members from each of the schools to step up to join the Council of School Representatives (CSR). This role is paramount to our success as a local. The CSR serves as the connection between the school’s certificated professional staff and your local leadership. They are there to serve, but more importantly to encourage you to be an active engaged member of your profession. Please consider putting your name forth to serve as a CSR and also to look at the variety of local committee’s openings we hope to fill. The first CSR meeting will be Tuesday September 26, 2017 @ 4:30 at Bishop McNally High School – prior to the Bargaining Update General Meeting.
I recently had the great privilege to attend the annual ATA Summer Conference with 18 other representatives from our local. We enjoyed great scenery once the smoke lifted, superb meals and excellent camaraderie. Learning opportunities were designed to help the attendees serve their locals.
Of particular note for myself was the presentation from Patrick Loyer and Andrea Berg. Their insights on education from an FMNI perspective were of tremendous value and presented many challenging opportunities for educators in Alberta. Look forward to hearing from CSR’s about The Walking Together Team as they will present to our group this year. The Stepping Stones document being rolled out and are a great resource for all of us.
We are also coming up to elections for local trustees, city counsellors and mayor. Your voice as an educator is important and should be heard. Look for trustee forums and plan to attend so as to be informed. Information on forums will be posted to our website as it becomes available.
A new initiative from the local this year will be the establishment of a Faith Formation Committee. Your executive will be rolling this out in the next month or so and we will be looking for ideas and for members to join in setting up a wonderful opportunity for all of us.
Finally, I want to thank the people who have helped so much over the last couple of months. I am indeed fortunate to be surrounded by hard working and forward-looking colleagues. Your elected executive, the committee chairs and the members who energize the local are here to serve and we owe them a collective thank you for a job well done. You need to show them your support through active and meaningful engagement.