Last Update: March 2023
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The elected ETFO Bluewater OT President is released half-time (.5 FTE) and the official spokesperson and representative of the Local, presenting reports of the activities of the local. The President represents the Local by attending:
- ETFO Representative Council Meetings
- Golden Horseshoe Occasional Teachers (GHOTs) meetings
- Provincial Occasional Teachers (POTs) meetings
- the ETFO Annual (AM) meeting in August as a delegate
- and various Bluewater Board meetings such as Labour Management, Union/ Trustees/ Administration (UTA) and Organizational Health and Wellness Meetings.
The president chairs our local executive meeting and is one of three local signing officers for financial transactions. S/he responds to and implements the Pres-Net emails (provincial email thread) along with member emails, other local emails, board emails, etc. and regularly checks ETFO Secure Services and shares provincial information with our local.
Bluewater OT Local Past Presidents:
- 2020 -2023 Andrew Chittka
- 2019 -2020 Amanda Anderson
- 2015 -2019 Andrew Chittka
- 2011 -2015 Marcia Shimoda
- 2008 -2011 Kathy McCarrel
- 2005 -2008 Ross Haley
- 2003 -2005 Kelly Fillmore
- 2002 -2003 Ken Steinman
- 2001 -2002 Marilyn Smith
- 2000 -2001 Avis Dalgarno
- 1998 -2000 Sharon Harris
The Grievance Officer, a role of being President, monitors and enforces the collective agreement and counsels and represents members through grievance/ arbitration/ investigation meetings while collaborating with our assigned ETFO collective bargaining staff liaison.
The appointed Chief Negotiator is the official liaison with the Board and chair of the collective bargaining committee. S/he attends provincial meetings on collective bargaining issues and surveys and correlates data for collective bargaining goals. S/he presents an ETFO-approved preliminary submission for voting at a general membership meeting and prepares and conducts negotiations toward a collective agreement governing the terms and conditions of our employment.
The elected Vice President assumes the responsibilities of the President when necessary, attends necessary meetings alongside the President, assists the Treasurer with the preparation of the budget, is one of three local signing officers for financial transactions, and takes on additional duties as they arise.
The elected secretary prepares minutes with action items of the executive, general, ratification and annual general meetings and keeps organized records.
The elected Treasurer presents financial reports at all executive meetings, prepares and oversees the annual budget of the Local, conducts the Local’s banking as one of three signing officers, arranges for the annual audit, and keeps accurate financial records.
The elected Communications Officer is responsible for producing 2-3 Occasional Brag newsletters per school year and creating and maintaining the Local website.
Professional Learning Officer
The elected Professional Learning Officer plans, budgets, organizes and implements at least two professional learning activity sessions each year based on members’ ideas and needs. The PL Officer attends provincial training on being a professional learning chair. S/he reports to the AGM on the professional learning activities that occurred during the year.
Health and Safety Officer
The appointed Health and Safety Officer attends provincial meetings and training on Health and Safety issues and attends four Board safety committee meetings. S/he assists members with Health and Safety issues and promotes and advocates for health and safety issues in schools. Along with a management committee, the Health and Safety Officer conducts inspections at schools.
The appointed Goodwill Officer presents Bluewater Occasional Teacher members with over 25 years of service with a 25-year pin at the Local Annual General Meeting. S/he also recognizes retiring OT members at the AGM with a gift. When an OT member is known to be in a difficult circumstance, due to personal ill health or serious illness or a death in the family, the Goodwill Officer will send an appropriate card and/or flowers.
Political Action/Public Relations Officer
The appointed PA Officer attends provincial meetings pertaining to Political Action/Public Relations issues and ensures information is presented to the membership. S/he responds to and implements the PA-Net emails (provincial email thread) and attends ETFO Leadership Training.
Equity and Social Justice Officer
The appointed Equity and Social Justice Officer attends provincial meetings pertaining to Equity and Social Justice issues and ensures information is presented to the membership. S/he responds to and implements the emails of Status-Net (provincial email thread) and attends ETFO Leadership Training.
Status of Women
The appointed Status of Women Officer attends provincial meetings pertaining to Status of Women and ensures information is presented to the membership. S/he responds to and implements the emails of Status-Net (provincial email thread) and attends ETFO Leadership Training.
3 Member(s) at Large
The elected Members at Large attend Executive and General Meetings of the Local and may be part of committee meetings. They participate in debates and vote on issues affecting members and acquire knowledge of Board/Union relations and Federation structure. They may participate in Provincial Federation activities.
The Member Engagement Committee
After a call to the membership, members who are interested in joining are appointed to the committee and plan and implement social events and organize the Local Annual General Meeting.
The Collective Bargaining Committee
After a call to the membership before a collective bargaining round, members who are interested in joining are appointed to the committee. The team solicits input from the general membership for inclusion in the preliminary submission and presents a preliminary submission for a vote at a general membership meeting.