Last Update: September 2023
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President: Elected as the official spokesperson and representative of the Local, they attend various meetings and handle emails. They also chair local executive meetings and serve as one of three local signing officers for financial transactions.
Bluewater OT Local Past Presidents:
2020 -2024 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
Grievance Officer: In the role of President, they monitor and enforce the collective agreement, provide counsel, and represent members in grievance/arbitration/investigation meetings. They collaborate with the assigned ETFO collective bargaining staff liaison.
Chief Negotiator: The appointed Chief Negotiator is the official liaison with the Board and chairs the collective bargaining committee. They attend provincial meetings on collective bargaining issues, gather and correlate data for bargaining goals, and present an ETFO-approved preliminary submission for voting at a general membership meeting. They also lead negotiations for the collective agreement governing the terms and conditions of employment.
Vice President: Elected to assume the President's responsibilities when needed, they attend necessary meetings alongside the President, assist the Treasurer with budget preparation, serve as one of three local signing officers for financial transactions, and take on additional duties as required.
Secretary: The elected secretary prepares minutes with action items of executive, general, ratification, and annual general meetings and maintains organized records.
Treasurer: The elected Treasurer presents financial reports at all executive meetings, oversees the annual budget of the Local, handles the Local’s banking as one of three signing officers, arranges for the annual audit, and maintains accurate financial records.
Communications Officer: 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. They attend provincial training on being a professional learning chair and report 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, participates in four Board safety committee meetings, assists members with Health and Safety issues, and promotes and advocates for health and safety issues in schools.
Goodwill Officer: 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. They also recognize 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, 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. They respond to and implement the PA-Net emails (provincial email thread) and attend 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. They respond to and implement the emails of Status-Net (provincial email thread) and attend ETFO Leadership Training.
Status of Women Officer: The appointed Status of Women Officer attends provincial meetings pertaining to Status of Women and ensures information is presented to the membership. They respond to and implement the emails of Status-Net (provincial email thread) and attend ETFO Leadership Training.
3 Members at Large: The elected Members at Large attend Executive and General Meetings of the Local, participate in committee meetings, engage in debates, vote on issues affecting members, and acquire knowledge of Board/Union relations and Federation structure. They may also 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. They 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.