It’s finally here! The first edition of our new on-line newsletter. In it’s current format it will provide reports from each of our five regions, as well as the president’s, vice-president’s, secretary-treasurer’s, PI coordinator’s and PI development officer’s reports. We are also planning some special editions: a “Pre-AMCC’ edition where we will publish the resolutions for changes in our by-laws and policies as well as other information related to this important annual meeting and how members can have a voice in the decision-making process; a “post-AMCC edition” containing the various reports presented to Central Council; and, a “Welcome Back” edition at the beginning of the school year focusing on information for new and returning teachers. At present the newsletter is a work-in-progress. It will likely see many changes and we welcome input from the membership as to what you would like to see in your newsletter.
Having taught in the North for over 7 years now, and having worked with the NTA for the past 4 years, initially as school rep, then secretary-treasurer, and now as vice-president, I have seen a lot of growth and change in our Association but with many challenges still before us. As you may or may not be aware of, our contract with the GN expires in June 2009. As Jimmy Jacquard, our president, has outlined in his report, cost of living increases are a major concern for all of our members. If you have followed the negotiations of the Nunavut Employees Union (NEU), whose contract was up in September 2006, little progress has been made in negotiations, with the most recent rounds ending without an agreement and the union applying for mediation as of January 25th of this year. (for further information visit the NEU website, at www.neu.ca). In light of this, I hope that all of you will respond to the Vector Research survey when it becomes available.
At our September meeting, Central Executive voted to change the NTA motto to “Making a Difference”. Our schools offer a variety of programs to engage our students. With approximately 650 NTA members and 42 schools across Nunavut, we are “making a difference”. To highlight this, I have added a section to our newsletter entitled “Spotlight on our Schools”. I hope that you will consider submitting an article on your school for this section.
Comments, suggestions, questions or concerns? Please forward them to email@example.com. Looking forward to hearing from you!