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.
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.
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
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.
2022 District Annual Meeting (DAM)
Active Retired Members
The 2022 District Annual Meeting was held virtually on Thursday, May 12, 2022. The evening's agenda included a recognition of our new members, our retirees, our District executive and our branch representatives. 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: Chris Davis
2nd District VP: Esther McCalla
3rd District VP: Robert Walker
4th District VP: George Chaktsiris
Secretary: Orit Orlovsky
Treasurer: Nicole Bléau
Additional TBU Provincial Councillor: Nicole Bléau
TBU AMPA Delegates: Nicole Bléau, George Chaktsiris, Chris Davis, Roger Gordon, Jason Himsl, Ruth Kam, Esther McCalla, Richard McCormack, Garrett Metcalfe, Matt Thomas, Kokhulani Yasodara
|Retired members can continue their OSSTF involvement
though membership with Active Retired Members.
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