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Issue #1 Notebook – September 6, 2018

A Message from the NVTA President

Where did the summer go? Despite the smoky days of August, I hope you all found time to relax, reenergize, and refocus with family, friends and those dearest to you.

As you work through the first few first weeks of school, I wanted to send along my warmest wishes for a successful start to the 2018-19 school year. I will never cease to be amazed at your professionalism and dedication to the students of North Vancouver. Know that we in the NVTA will always be there for you, to support and guide you, to advocate and to listen, as we work together to make this District the best it can be.

The year promises to be as busy as ever on the union front. We are gearing up for a new Collective Agreement and hope for a successful negotiation that leads to a new contract by the end of this year. As well, Trustee elections take place on October 20.  Please note that this October 20 day is a month earlier than previous municipal and trustee elections. Anyone interested in joining our Political Action Committee should contact us at the NVTA. We will be holding a joint All Candidates’ Meeting with CUPE at a date and time to be announced. There promises to be many candidates and we will share information as it comes along.  There will also be a referendum conducted by mail-in ballot on whether to change our electoral system from the current first-past-the-post system to one that is based on proportional representation. The ballots and information will be sent to your home and are to be returned between October 22 and November 30.

With the Employee Engagement Survey already coming up to the two year mark, my personal goal is to advocate for real change in this District. I will take every chance I get to speak for you with a passion and understanding that reflects the words you share with us everyday through emails, phone calls, Rep Assemblies, and General Meetings. With your amazing skills and devotion to public education, the support of the many dedicated school based administrators, the election of school trustees who are not afraid to ask tough questions, and senior management that is not afraid to listen, we will build a system where every employee feels fully valued by the District.

Please spread the word that our first General Meeting of the year will be on Wednesday, September 26 at St. Martin’s Hall at 4:00 pm.

As always, do not hesitate to call us at the NVTA office at 604 988 3224 if you need any support at all. You can also email us at either martin@nvta.ca, robin@nvta.ca, or carolyn@nvta.ca.

I look forward to seeing all of you throughout the year.

Martin Stuible, NVTA President