Thursday, 10 September 2020

Welcome Back!

As we teachers return to our classroom or other jobs we have a heightened sense of concern regarding health and safety for ourselves and students, major adjustments to scheduling, classroom arrangements and protocols.  
We also know that we often face great challenges in our work and that we are good at preparing, adjusting and being resilient.
Take care, stay safe and reach out if you need help!
Michele & Mary

Friday, 14 August 2020

PRNTA President's update - August 14, 2020

 August 14, 2020

I have been noticing that teachers from our district have been very vocal about their concerns on FB regarding the announcement the Ministry of Education made on July 29th.  Just so you know, since that announcement the BCTF and PRNTA have been working to ensure schools will be safe for teachers.

Please read the message below that was sent to all members from the BCTF on Aug. 10th.  

I am concerned that teachers are saying that teachers are not part of the return plan but this is not true.  The BCTF have had provincial teacher-leaders on committees working with the government since the beginning of July.  Teri Mooring has been in daily (sometimes more often) contact with the Deputy Minister and Minister Fleming sharing teachers' concerns so that teachers will be safe in their classrooms and schools.  

Dr. Henry said:

"Teachers are working hard to make things safe for September.  These things are happening right now to make things safe."  Dr. Henry is referring to the fact that the BCTF has appointed teachers as advisers to the Ministry of Education and that Teri Mooring, who represents 47,000 teachers, is also working very hard on behalf of teachers. 

Mary and I were in a strategic planning meeting this morning with senior district staff to discuss the SD plan for health and safely procedures as we return to work.  We were able to bring up teachers' concerns we have received so far and will be part of the planning group going forward.  We will be meeting with HR on Tuesday and meeting with the strategic planning group next week as well. 

Here are a couple of things that have been agreed to already with the MoE:

- The BCTF and the BC Principals'/Vice-Principals' Association have been able to get the gov't agree to have a two-day delay in having students in schools.  This is unprecedented and the local feels these two days will give a chance for teachers to have training around the enhancements made to health and safety in schools and information on cohorts/learning groups.

- The district has agreed to have TTOC health and safety orientation.  We are still working on the details with the district for when this training will happen.



If teachers in Peace River North have concerns, they can contact me and I will address them with the district.  

Thursday, 25 June 2020

Summer 2020 is here!  

2019/20 has been a complex and challenging school year but teachers have stepped up as they  always do!

Most of us eagerly look forward to summer holidays as a chance to take some time for ourselves and our families.

May you have many opportunities to do what you love to do, explore, hang out, rest, relax and rejuvenate.

As the school year ends we want to wish you all the best and trust that you will stay healthy and safe.  See you in September!
Michele and Mary

Thursday, 28 May 2020

BCTF Executive 2020-2021

Elected by the BCTF 'virtual' AGM on May 25-27, 2020

Teri Mooring

First Vice-President
Clint Johnston

Second Vice-President
Carole Gordon

Peggy Janicki

Benula Bunjun

 Robin Tosczak
 Katherine Trepanier
 Matt Westphal

Continuing Executive Committee members
Violette Baillargeon
Karen Edwards
Rae Figursky
Jody Polukoshko

May 22, 2020
Town hall meetings on COVID-19 and return to school now online
Teachers turned out in record numbers over the past two evenings to engage in telephone town hall discussions about the June 1 partial return to work in the context of COVID-19. On Tuesday night we had 4,373 members on the call and on Thursday night we had an astonishing 8,547 members on the call!

Due to the enormous turnout, the system was overwhelmed and unfortunately many other members could not get on the call. Now both events have been posted on the BCTF website so that everyone can hear your questions and the answers from BCTF President Teri Mooring. Please go to the member portal here to listen in.

On the Thursday town hall Teri was joined by Dr. Andrew Miki, clinical psychologist and creator of the online mental health and wellness tool, Starling Minds. This tool is available free to all BCTF members here.

Thursday, 21 May 2020

PRNTA 2020 AGM Election Results

Congratulations to the following members who have been elected to the
PRNTA Executive for the 2020-2021 school year: 
President (2-year term)
Michele Wiebe (PRNTA) 1st year
Vice-President (1-year term)
Mary Tremain (PRNTA & Learning Services)
Secretary (1-year term)
Jessica Dmytruk (Prespatou)
Treasurer (1-year term)
Donna Bulmer (Robert Ogilvie)
Bargaining/Working & Learning (2-year term)
Donna Bulmer (Robert Ogilvie) 2nd year
Ryan Windhorst (Bert Bowes) 2nd year
BCTF Local Representative 1-year term
Bryan Barranti (Dr. Kearney)
Social Justice (1-year term)
Emily MacPherson (Bert Ambrose)
Professional Development Chair (2-year term)
Jessica Dmytruk (Prespatou) 1st year 
Professional Development 
(2 positions, 2-year terms)
Mary Tremain (PRNTA, L.S.) 1st year
Lori Wigglesworth (Alwin Holland) 1st year
Health & Safety (1-year term)
Lyle Warbinek (Upper Pine)
Kelly Snow (Alwin Holland)
EFAP (1-year term)
Myla O’Hara (Key Learning Centre)
Indigenous Education (1-year term)
Josie Gauthier (Robert Ogilvie)
TTOC (1-year term)
Carla Lowther (DTTOC)
Political Action Contact (1-year term)
Kelly Snow (Alwin Holland)
French Contact (1-year term)
Isabella Miron Piazza (Ecole Central)
Scholarship (1-year term)
Harmony Shaw (NPSS)

Thursday, 14 May 2020

Thanks, teachers!
BCTF President Teri Mooring expresses her thanks for the creativity and commitment of BC teachers now providing emergency learning opportunities

Thursday, 30 April 2020

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Dr. Bonnie Henry Makes Special Address to B.C. Educators and Support Staff

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Thursday, 16 April 2020

Please vote! 

Please note: This ballot is for our local contract language.  

Keep watching for information from the BCTF regarding voting on the provincial language. 

Monday, 6 April 2020

Starling Minds: support for BCTF members

If you are feeling stressed, remember that you are not alone!  

What is Starling Minds?

Starling Minds is an online mental health and wellness toolkit, designed for teachers, that provides education and training to manage stress and prevent anxiety and depression.  The Starling program was develop by Dr. Andrew Miki and is based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).

The BCTF has sponsored full access to the platform for you and your family so there is no cost.  Any information you enter on Starling Minds is private and secure.  

Starling helps teachers learn about stress, mental fitness exercises, and how to break unhealthy patterns that may lead to anxiety and depression. Starling provides:
  • Online training tools and education videos based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Case study videos of a teacher named Virginia 
  • Evidence based training and tools that are available anytime and anywhere in the world
  • An assessment of symptoms and functioning that tracks progress over time
  • A five-module preventative mental health program
  • A rules engine to provide unique recommendations for each user
  • Early intervention programs for anxiety and/or depression
  • Additional coverage for family members

Go to:

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Thursday, 20 February 2020

BCTF Member Portal

Please go the the BCTF member portal for information on issues of importance to teachers.  All you need is your BCTF membership number! (Contact the PRNTA office if you do not know your membership number.)


Friday, 7 February 2020

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Please note the upcoming meeting for TTOCs:

Thursday, 9 January 2020

Seeds of Social Justice

- a BCTF publication where you can find additional resources and training opportunities.

The BCTF is a democratic union that recognizes the importance of encouraging and supporting involvement by all members, while recognizing that some members have historically been marginalized. For the Federation to be at its best, all members must see themselves reflected in its goals, structures, and practices. The BCTF will strive to identify and eliminate barriers to participation through programs, procedures, by-laws, and policies supported by specified resources and education.

Click on this link:

Monday, 6 January 2020

Parenting Seminars

Please share - this time of year can be so hard on our families:

Check out the new Peace River North SD 60 page dedicated to health & wellness:

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