President's Message Week of April 11th, part 2

Are you new to OSSTF ( 10 years or less)? The New Member Engagement Advisory Work Group is excited to announce the dates and workshops for “Our Union, Our Journey”, the spring virtual miniseries. Members can register on the provincial website by: logging in, clicking on the Union Training icon and then selecting “OSSTF/FEESO New Member Engagement Advisory Work Group - Webinar Miniseries 2022” from the left-hand column. Virtual Workshop SessionDate & TimeJourneys in Leadership: Meet the Provincial Executive April 25th, 2022 4:00-5:00 PMViolence in the Workplace Violence in the Workplace (en français) April 26th, 2022, 6:00-7:00 PM April 26th, 2022, 6:00-7:00 PMMyth Busting: What Unions do for You Myth Busting: What Unions do for You (en français) April 28th, 2022, 4:00- 5:00 PM April 28th, 2022, 4:00- 5:00 PM

  • Registration closes three business days prior to the event.

  • These sessions are union training intended for OSSTF/FEESO members only.

  • There is no cost to register or to attend the training sessions.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. Starling Minds Program In December 2021, OSSTF announced a partnership with Starling Minds, and we are excited to share with you that through OTIP, Starling Minds is now available to members and their families at no cost. Starling Minds offers 24/7 access to a digital mental health platform that can help members proactively build healthier, more positive life-long habits into their daily lives and build resilience to stress, anxiety, burnout, and depression. The impacts of the pandemic and its variants have created a massive strain on students, educators, and the education community. With constant school shutdowns and remote learning mandates, educators are working to maintain education standards for their students. However, it leaves little time and energy for educators to care for themselves. To register for Starling Minds, members simply need to visit http://member.starlingminds.com/ and use the access code OSSTFMEMBER (all-caps). https://mcusercontent.com/fd92d8e08ce1d6b287b53b308/files/00a0f87d-647c-ac38-9084-8ab740b6cc92/208_Attach_1_Starling_Minds_Member_Communique_for_Local_Leaders.pdf A brochure is also attached https://mcusercontent.com/fd92d8e08ce1d6b287b53b308/files/a8059f00-b050-7915-6a0e-0c1e007c087e/208_Attach_2_Starling_Minds_Brochure.pdf



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 | www.workhealthlife.com

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