On September 30th, over 800 Manitoba teachers helped make history by participating in the first ever Manitoba Teachers’ Society telephone town hall to discuss federal election issues important to teachers and public education in Canada.
MTS President Norm Gould hosted the hour long phone call from the McMaster House Boardroom. Special guests from the Canadian Teachers’ Federation joined Norm on the call from Ottawa to talk about the I Teach, I Vote campaign.
Participants were invited to ask questions about the federal election campaign either by connecting to the call live or through social media using the Twitter hashtag #mtstownhall.
“This was an unprecedented display of membership engagement,” said Gould. “Using the virtual townhall technology allowed us to hear directly from teachers across the province from the comfort of their homes.”
The success of this townhall means that MTS members can expect to be invited to participate in more of these events in the future. However only those members who have registered for a My Profile Account will be able to participate, so in the coming months efforts will be undertaken to urge MTS members register for their online account at www.mbteach.org.
The benefits of registering for a My Profile account extend beyond being able to participate in future membership townhalls. Other features include online registration for MTS events, posting of information for members from MTS staff, signing up for electronic versions of the Manitoba Teacher Magazine and the ability for MTS and EFM reps to update their school information.