President's Message week 26

In this weeks update: 1. Vaccination for EA Members 2. Spring Boost 2021- Workshop Opportunity 3. Federation Family Education Fund 3. Staffing Forms


The Ministry of Education and our local Public Health (Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health) are coordinating priority access to COVID-19 vaccinations for members who support Special Education students in self-contained classrooms (DD classes), with an expansion to all staff supporting Special Education students in schools and then all remaining education sector staff. In an effort to support Public Health in reaching staff expediently, the board has provided names of members who support students in DD and their Board email address, so that Public Health may contact members directly to coordinate access to vaccination. Please be confident that the Board has not shared any personal or confidential information with Public Health, rather their disclosure was limited to member's names and Board email addresses. As such, please keep an eye out for an email from WDG Public Health directly. Those members who support Special Education students in the remainder of the school, outside of DD classes will follow a similar process as above once the first group has been contacted.

Spring Boost 2021

The New Member Engagement Advisory Work Group is pleased to announce their Spring Boost event taking place virtually April 26-29, 2021. While the event is geared to New Members (those who have been OSSTF/FEESO members for up to 10 years), any OSSTF/FEESO member is welcome to register for one workshop and one keynote address. • April 26, 4:30-6:30pm, Cultivating Resilience workshop • April 27, 6:30-8:30pm, Cultivating Resilience workshop (1 English session, 1 French session) • April 28, 6:30-8:00pm, Robyne Hanley-Dafoe keynote • April 29, 4:30-6:00pm, Robyne Hanley-Dafoe keynote The Cultivating Resilience workshop is offered by the Educational Services Department. The ability to cope in the face of adversity and manage stressful conditions requires wide-ranging supports in today’s schools and communities. Through dialogue and discussion, this workshop provides education workers with the strategies needed to enhance well-being and foster resilience and positive mental health. We are thrilled that Robyne Hanley-Dafoe (see biography) has agreed to spend time with our members. This engaging presentation will help participants regain a sense of order in ever-changing times and learn how to establish new daily routines to increase productivity and decrease anxiety. Participants will learn: • How to increase focus while navigating competing demands; • How to decrease stress during uncertainty; • How to adjust to new life and work routines; • How to revisit and reaffirm values and priorities; and, • How to increase authentic wellness habits. The first 30 New Members to register and attend one of Ms. Hanley-Dafoe’s sessions will receive a signed, hard copy of her latest book “Calm Within the Storm.” Further, ALL participants to one of Ms. Hanley-Dafoe’s sessions will receive an e-copy of the book. Please log into the OSSTF/FEESO website to register and get more information. This event can be found in the Upcoming Events section on the Registered Users homepage. A link to the event with the CVENT registration page is located there. Registration is limited per session. The deadline for registration is 4:00pm, April 20, 2021. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe Biography Described as one of the most sought-after, engaging, thought-provoking, and truly transformative international speakers and scholars in her field, Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe is a multi-award-winning education and psychology instructor, author, and resiliency expert. She specializes in navigating stress and change, personal wellness in the workplace, and optimal performance-both personal and organizational. In her speaking and teaching work, Dr. Robyne offers us accessible and practical strategies grounded in global case study research that help to foster and cultivate resiliency within ourselves and others. Dr. Robyne has developed innovative programming and has worked alongside some of the most influential organizations in Canada and the United States. She has worked all over the world, with individuals, families, at-risk youth, and numerous organizational giants, helping them to not only overcome their obstacles but to learn how to thrive through and because of them. In every single interaction, she brings her infectious enthusiasm, unique relatability, and unmistakable expertise to bear on the challenges that humanize us all.

Federation Family Education Fund

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) established the Federation Family Education Fund (FFEF) to financially assist the children of OSSTF/FEESO active members (or deceased members) in obtaining their first degree, diploma, certificate, or apprenticeship. OSSTF/FEESO will award ten $1,500 bursaries through a lottery process. Apply at the link below by April 15, 2021

2021- 2022 Staffing request form

All permanent members should complete the staffing request form. The deadline to submit is April 20, 2021, by 4:00 be considered as "on time". Staffing request forms will only be accepted via Google form. If you choose to, you may copy me on your request.

Upper Grand Employee Assistance Program

If you are finding yourself or a family member or a colleague is needing additional support or resources please refer to the board's employee and family assistance program. This service is free and confidential. The board is not given the names of members who are using the service. It has been a challenging year with COVID and many of us are dealing with other challenges unrelated to COVID. This resource may be of help to members who need it.

Access the Upper Grand District School Board’s Employee & Family Assistance Program 24/7 by phone, web or mobile app 1-800-387-4765 |

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