The role of a member of the Executive is an interesting one. It is both stimulating, eye opening and rewarding. It takes a person who is interested in learning more about the rights, responsibilities and working conditions of our colleagues. It is also a role that requires you to think big picture, to make decisions for the betterment of the whole association and not just for those teachers in your workplace. It is easy to lose sight of the long-term challenges that are facing us when we are busy teaching, writing report cards, planning our next lessons, attending the next in a long schedule of meetings or going to PD. But there is a group of us that is considering those challenges.
If you have ever wondered what the members of the Executive do, now is your chance to find out. The executive meets once a month with the chairs of various committees providing reports on their meetings. The president and vice-president also provides reports and information related to their meetings and activities. These reports are often very interesting to hear and can drive interesting discussions.
Often, the executive will discuss business and make recommendations to Council. Sometimes these come in the form of resolutions dealing with Council Policy, Constitution changes, budget items and our annual fee. The discussion and debate around these resolutions can test your thinking and debating skills. Those that are debaters and interested in decision making processes should consider running for Executive if only to practice their skills.
Other reasons for running for a position on the Executive are less apparent; gaining a better understanding of the Association and its history, learning about the various WTA committees and where your membership fees go, access to a Professional Development travel fund, and best of all being a part of an organization that makes a real difference in a teacher’s life. If you like to help colleagues, then this is a role for you.
Each member of the association should consider running and ‘giving back’ to the organization and each member has something to contribute. If you are interested, please contact the WTA office by March 1.
Submitted by Winston Blakey
Chairperson, WTA Elections and Nominations Committee