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.

Class Size Surveys - Semester 2 2022/2023

At this time, members are encouraged to complete their class size surveys for their semester 2 classes. To complete your class size survey click here.

District and TBU Annual General Meeting - May 4th, 2023

The 2023 District and TBU Annual General Meeting will be held on May 4th at the Ajax Convention Centre (550 Beck Crescent) beginning at 4:30 PM. The business conducted during this meeting will include the receiving of committee reports, voting on constitutional changes, and elections. Tickets are available from your branch president at a cost of $10. 

The meeting will begin with a District portion open to all members of District 13 including TBU, OTBU and PSSP members. After the conclusion of District business we will move on to TBU business.

Proposed on-time amendments to the District constitution will be posted on our website and can be found by visiting this link: Constitutional Amendments

The deadlines to submit on-time resolutions were published in the February issue of Inprint.

Elected positions are as follows:

District President, TBU President, Vice-president (4), Secretary, Treasurer, Additional TBU Provincial Councillor, TBU AMPA Delegates

Candidates for elected positions are as follows:

District and TBU President: Shane Stagg

District and TBU VP: George Chaktsiris, Chris Davis, Roger Gordon, Rob Walker

District and TBU Treasurer: Nicole Bléau

District and TBU Secretary: Orit Orlovsky

TBU Additional Provincial Councillor: Nicole Bléau

TBU AMPA Delegate: Nicole Bléau, George Chaktsiris, Chris Davis, Ryan Gallagher, Roger Gordon, Jason Himsl, Richard McCormack, Marcia McCrae, Garrett Metcalfe, Orit Orlovsky, Matt Thomas, Kokhulani Yasodaran

Nominations closed April 6th.

Ending Violence Against Women Campaign

The D13 Human Rights Committee is thrilled with the number of entries submitted from classes and individual students for the Ending Violence Against Women Challenge.  Five recipients will be awarded a prize of $100.00 each. Thank you to all who participated and congratulations to our recipients!

Blood Donor - Be A Hero!

The Human Rights Committee has continued our "Be A Hero - Partner For Life" blood donor drive that began during the months of May and June 2022.  The drive continues through this entire academic year.  We encourage all of our members to consider donating. Click here for more information: Partner For Life Blood Donor Clinic

District 13 OSSTF Women's Advocate Program

2022 District Annual Meeting (DAM)

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

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.