#12 Notebook March 12, 2019


As the last gasps of winter make us wonder if we will ever feel warmth again, know that Spring is coming and the days are getting longer. You all should be proud of the work you have done during the first seven months of the year and now you deserve a break, to relax, to reenergize, to connect with friends and family, or to simply enjoy the longer days.

                  Spring is a hopeful time and I am reminded of a poem by Emily Dickinson that reads:

A Light exists in Spring

Not present on the Year

At any other period –

When March is scarcely here 

                  And so, in the spirit of the season, I am forever hopeful that the last three months will bring positive change for us all. Listening to members over the year, there are a few items on my hopeful list. First on my list would be the proper allocation of the LST FTE that we have been struggling all year to ensure the District properly follows the Collective Agreement and the mediated settlement on this arbitration. Another hope would be the placement of proper supports to ensure that all staff members feel safe at school. There have been far too many incidents this year where teachers have experienced an occurrence at their work site that requires them to complete a violent incident report. Third on my list would be the creation of a reporting system that is far less onerous than MyEd has turned out to be. Another hope would be a slow down to the plethora of change teachers have had to endure over the last few years.  Above all, we all hope for a successful round of bargaining that results in a new Collective Agreement as soon as possible. There is a light that exists in Spring that inevitably leads to sunnier and warmer days.

Martin Stuible, NVTA President

North Vancouver Teachers’ Association – Annual General Meeting, Wednesday, May 8, 2019


First Call for Candidates!

 The following NVTA Executive Committee and Standing Committee Chair positions are available for the 2019-2020 school year. All are one-year terms, unless otherwise indicated.

Executive Committee– President, Local Representatives (two or three LRs elected. The President may choose to be an LR automatically), Alternate Local Representative, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Members-at-Large (three two-year term positions available).

Committee Chairpersons– Professional Development and Social Justice.

            Nominations will be accepted from the floor of the AGM, however in order to have a candidate statement included in the AGM booklet, and to be included in the NVTA All Candidates’ forum immediately following the Representative Assembly on April 17, 2019 a completed nomination form and candidate statement must be submitted to the NVTA office by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, 2019.

Nomination Form: 2019 NVTA Nomination Form