New Year, New Faces
Welcome back to another school year! After serving as Vice-President for the past three years I am excited to move into role of President. I understand the great responsibilities of this position and will continue to work hard to represent all members of the Winnipeg Teachers’ Association.
It’s also exciting to welcome a brand new team to the WTA Office, Kristin Insull
(Vice-President), Michael Krauss (Administrative Assistant) and Nancy Kerr
(MTS Staff Officer).
Michael not only did a terrific job of running the office over the summer, but he also learned an enormous range of tasks, responsibilities and knowledge in a few short months. I am confident he will have no problem adapting when the cycle of meetings start up next week.
Nancy Kerr has been incredibly helpful right from her first day as our Staff Officer. She has already proven invaluable in terms of providing assistance to members and has also patiently answered several questions for me. Nancy has also been involved in the preparations for the new round of collective bargaining.
Kristin Insull served on the WTA Executive for several years and will be a fantastic Vice-President. I promised her I wouldn’t assign her any tasks that I wasn’t assigned when I had the job! I have warned her that working in the WTA office is completely different from working in a classroom and she is up to the challenge!
The new WTA year kicked off at the MTS Summer Bargaining School in Hecla held August 21 to 23. Kristin, Dave Najduch (Past President) and I were provided with the intense but beneficial experience of bargaining simulations. We also renewed and strengthened connections with fellow bargainers across the province. The rain even stopped long enough for a round of golf.
Kristin and I also attend MTS Presidents’ Training on August 25 and 26, where we received beneficial information related to union leadership, MTS Services and our roles and responsibilities as local Presidents.
As you return to your classrooms, greet your students and catch up with colleagues, remember to stay connected with your Winnipeg Teachers’ Association. Our website contains a great deal of useful and pertinent information and is updated regularly so remember to check back often!
I hope you have a rewarding school year!