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.
Discovery of Remains at Residential School Grounds in B.C.
On May 28, 2021 the remains of 215 Indigenous children were discovered on the grounds of the Kamloops (Tk’emlups) Residential School in British Columbia. This serves as a terrible reminder of the impact of colonization. It’s a harsh reality that this is our history. The cruel removal of Indigenous children from their families and the abuse they suffered is a shameful truth. People across the country are processing this terrible news with some experiencing personal trauma as a result.
Members are encouraged to wear orange this week in recognition of the thousands of lives that have been affected by residential school. A specific day hasn't been chosen in an effort to allow members plenty of opportunity to participate. There may be efforts within certain workplaces to pick a day.
Members may choose to reach out to their Federal MPs to request improved steps to advance reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. Contact information for MPs in the Durham region is as follows:
Pickering-Uxbridge - Jennifer O'Connell (Lib)
Ajax - Mark Holland
Whitby - Ryan Turnbull
Oshawa - Colin Carrie
Durham - Erin O'Toole
D13 OSSTF Caring for the Community
District 13 OSSTF supports our community with our Public Relations Committee initiatives and events, working with community partners. The committee also provides sponsorships and arranges media messages. The objectives of the PRC include:
-To promote the positive contributions of Teachers and Professional Student Services Personnel to their students and the community.
-To keep the public aware of issues that directly affect public education.
-To boost the morale of the membership, through advertising and special events.
-To build allies within the community to collectively advocate for publicly funded education.
More details of the activities of the PRC including pictures of initiatives over the last year can be viewed by opening the slideshow available at the following link:
D13 OSSTF Caring for the Community Slideshow
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
COVID-19 Absence Scenarios
Active Retired Members
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OSSTF/FEESO Condemns all Acts of Anti-Black Hate, Racism and Discrimination
The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) offers our solidarity with the Black members we represent, students we work with, as well as staff members who work for the union. We condemn all acts of anti-Black hate, racism and discrimination.
The outrage, fear and pain that many in the Black community are experiencing because you do not feel safe, is clear. As an education and labour community, we must stand together and speak up when people are facing violence and discrimination because of their skin colour.
As an organization, we reaffirm our commitment to end anti-Black oppressions. We will continue to work to identify and address systemic discrimination and racism in publicly-funded education. We will continue to create space for these conversations to take place in our union and in our communities.
We will listen. We will learn. We will act. We must do our part in the work for racial justice and equality.
|Retired members can continue their OSSTF involvement
though membership with Active Retired Members.
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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.