Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
District 13 Durham


District 13 OSSTF represents approximately 1450 permanent and 740 occasional teachers along with over 100 Professional Student Services Personnel in Durham region. Our union provides services to its members to protect them in their work and to enhance their professionalism through professional development workshops, health and safety training, collective agreement in-servicing and regular communications and public relations highlighting the teachers in our schools.

Land Acknowledgement

District 13 OSSTF is committed to providing space to honour Indigenous folks who were here on this beautiful land long before settler arrival.  We acknowledge that many Indigenous Nations have longstanding relationships, both historic and modern with the territories upon which our members work and our union operates.  We recognize the enduring presence of all First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples throughout Turtle Island.


This region forms part of the traditional and treaty territory of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nations, the Missisauga Peoples, and the treaty territory of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nations.  We would also like to acknowledge that prior to these treaties, the land was stewarded by various communities including the Haudenosaunee and Wendat confederacies.


Our land acknowledgement does not function as closure, resignation, or acceptance of the structural conditions of settler colonialism that remain in effect today.  We recognize the impact of colonialism and our responsibilities to redress the ways this has helped shape the education system and our organization.  We also recognize the sovereignty of all Indigenous Nations as outlined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and we are committed to honouring the Truth and Reconciliation recommendations.


To honour the Indigenous Peoples of this territory, we will take up our responsibility to be respectful of their traditions, knowledge and to care for this land and its waters for future generations.  We would like to thank all Indigenous Peoples for sharing this land so we may come together in a good way.

District Annual Meeting 2022

This year’s District Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 12th, starting at 5:30pm. It will take place as a virtual meeting using Zoom. A mail message was sent to members on April 4 with a link to register.

Nominations for elected positions must be received by April 14. They can be submitted by email to district13@d13.osstf.ca. The mover and seconder of a nomination must be cc'd on the email. Voting for elected positions will take place using the online voting centre offered at the Provincial Office website. Members will need to be registered to attend the District Annual Meeting to be able to cast a vote. Voting will take place on the evening of the Meeting.

More details and a full list of available positions appear on page 16 of the February issue of Inprint 13 which can be accessed by visiting the link below. This issue includes timelines regarding nominations for elected positions and submission of resolutions for the District and TBU Annual General Meeting.

February Issue of Inprint 13

On-time amendments to the District and TBU constitutions can be view by visiting this page: District and Bargaining Unit Constitutions

Election Readiness

To view and register for events:  D13 Election Readiness

Blood Donor - Be A Hero!

The Human Rights Committee is pleased to introduce our "Be A Hero - Partner For Life" blood donor drive for the months of May and June 2022.  Click here for more information:    Partner For Life Blood Donor Clinic

Deceiving Divas

Active Retired Members (ARM) Chapter 13/16 Newsletter

Please find the ARM chapter 13/16 March 2022 newsletter here.

District 13 OSSTF Women's Advocate Program


District 13 Statement on Messages of Intolerance and Hate

In light of recent events both nationally and locally, District 13 would like to express our empathy and support for all members affected by messages of intolerance and hate. Our federation has been working hard to fight both social and systemic oppression within our federation, the education system, and the larger community we serve. We recognize that white supremacy is deeply imbedded in all institutions and are committed to dismantling it. As a union, we also recognize the importance and right to freedom of speech and assembly. These freedoms however also come with the responsibility to not perpetuate hate, racism and harm.

It is important that we all come together and support each other through these difficult and trying times. We recognize that many of our colleagues are struggling as we see an increase in hate messaging throughout the world. Harm is being done and we must all be a part of the solution. 

Be kind, gentle and supportive of one another.

Any members who may be struggling are encouraged to reach out to any supports that might be available through your federation and the board. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call in the office at 905-668-7100.

2021 District Annual Meeting (DAM)

The 2021 District Annual Meeting was held virtually on Thursday, May 6, 2021. The evenings agenda included a recognition of our new members, our retirees, our District executive and our branch representatives. We also took the opportunity to award Harvey Bischof, provincial OSSTF president, with the District 13 Award of Merit. The house conducted the business of the house which consisted of resolutions to the District constitution and elections for District executive positions. The results for the district positions are as follows:

District and TBU President: Shane Stagg
1st District VP: Garrett Metcalfe
2nd District VP: George Chaktsiris
3rd District VP: Robert Walker
4th District VP: Julia McCrea
Secretary: Ruth Kam
Treasurer: Nicole Bléau
Additional TBU Provincial Councillor: Ryan Kelly

TBU AMPA Delegates: Nicole Bléau, George Chaktsiris, Art Hanke, Jason Himsl, Ryan Kelly, Richard McCormack, Garrett Metcalfe, Paul Wayling

Active Retired Members

Retired members can continue their OSSTF involvement
though membership with Active Retired Members.
Please click on the image to visit the website. 


The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation supports all of the recommendations put forward in the report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. In particular, OSSTF/FEESO endorses all of the recommendations related to improving educational opportunities for all First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) Canadians, and the need to better educate all Canadians about the history and impact of residential schools.