President's Message Week 30

In this weeks update: 1. World Education Support Personnel Day May 16th 2. Physical and Mental Health Wellness

World Education Support Personnel Day was launched in connection with Education

International’s (EI) first-ever Education Support Personnel Conference in 2018. This is a day to recognize the extraordinary contribution education workers make to our schools and our union.

OSSTF/FEESO celebrates the work of education workers across the globe and across Ontario, emphasizing their role in ensuring the delivery of high-quality public education, and to shine a light on the challenges that education workers face in their workplaces. This year in particular,many education workers have been in schools since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. They do this for students, despite the lack of support from a provincial government that too frequently forgets the contributions education support personnel make to keep the school system functioning effectively.

For more information on World Education Support Personnel Day, please visit:

A video message, to education worker members, has been recorded by the Provincial


English Video YouTube Link

French Video YouTube Link

A media release has been sent to local media outlets and a letter has been written to UGDSB trustees and the Director of Education, Martha Rogers. You may read a copy of that letter below.

Physical and Mental Health Wellness

As we enter the final few weeks of this long and difficult school year, it is important to maintain worker physical and mental health wellness. The UGDSB (through UGshare) provides a wealth of free wellness resources on topics ranging from ergonomics and mental health as well as fitness classes and tips on life/work balance. The information can be both serious and fun. All resources are free and available anytime for your convenience. Regardless, be kind to YOURSELF and those around YOU! We will get through this together.

  • UGDSB Staff Wellness Resources

  • Mental Health Tips for Working from Home

  • Is working from home not working? Here are some tips…

  • Healthline

  • Canadian Mental Health Association

  • Bell Let’s Talk

  • 211 Community and Social Services

  • Fun Things to do at Home with Kids

  • Light Hearted Things to do at Home

  • Wellington County Library

  • Shelburne Library

  • Orangeville Library

  • Grand Valley Public Library

  • Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health

Health and Safety Concerns?

Contact: Julie Wagner, Health and Safety Officer


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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