It’s with great pleasure that I address you as I move into my second term as your President. I would like to welcome back all returning teachers and send a special welcome to new NTA members. I, along with the NTA team, look forward to working on your behalf.

For new employees, I hope that the new Teacher Orientation Program (Nunavut Teacher Induction Program) was a very useful tool and that it will make the transition to your new school and community a smooth one.

I am pleased to say that the NTA Central Council has ratified a Strategic Plan and a Mission Statement over the past two years with input from our members. Hopefully these initiatives will help the NTA serve you better and help clarify the role of your Association. A copy of the Strategic Plan with the Mission Statement is available on the NTA website and will be made available to you in your schools in the early fall.

NTA Mission Statement

The Nunavut Teachers’ Association is dedicated to advocating for teacher well-being, professional growth, and culturally relevant public education.

The NTA has a number of teams in place to serve you. We have a well-trained professional office staff, an elected Territorial Executive, elected Regional Executives and members at the school level who work to support you with the NTA initiatives.

The NTA office staff includes:

  • Terry Young, President
  • Emile Hatch, Executive Director
  • Brian Barry, NTA Executive Assistant, PD Funds Administrator
  • Heather Campbell, Member Services Administrator
  • Shannon Hessian, Professional Improvement Coordinator
  • Jeff Avery, Professional Improvement Coordinator
  • Cody Prusky, NTA Conference Coordinator

The NTA Territorial Executive Members are as follows:

NTA Territorial Executive:

  • President, Terry Young
  • Vice President, Jim Kreuger
  • Secretary-Treasurer, John Fanjoy
  • Inuit Member-at-Large, Rebecca Hainnu

Regional Presidents:

  • Kitikmeot, Richard Kurtz
  • Kivalliq, Julia MacPherson
  • Qikiqtani North, Jay McKechnie
  • Qikiqtani Central, Kim Masson
  • Qikiqtani South, Ed Flynn

In addition to the Regional Presidents, we have other elected members in all five regions. All territorial and regional executives are listed on the Strategic Plan.

The best connection that the NTA has to its members is through the school reps and the regional executives. We depend on each school rep and the Regional Executives to keep members informed. I look forward to seeing them, along with the PD Liaisons, during the October training meetings in Iqaluit.

I look forward to working with the Central Executive and the Central Council. The Central Executive includes the members of the Territorial Executive and the President of each of the five NTA regions. The Central Council includes the members of the Central Executive and all of the remaining elected Regional Executive
members. We will meet with the NTA Central Council face-to-face twice in 2015-2106.

I would like to remind all members to use good judgment and to always protect themselves when working with students. Over the past years we have had teachers accused of wrongdoings.

I encourage you to regularly check your messages on the NTA email account. We will do our best to keep you informed of ongoing items through this email address.

The NTA team looks forward to serving you in 2015-2016. I hope that you have a successful school year.

Terry Young
NTA President