Welcome to the website for the Algoma Occasional Teachers’ Local! The Algoma Occasional Teachers’ Local is a part of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), a unionized organization that represents over 76,000 teachers across the province.

As one of 31 Occasional Teacher Locals in Ontario, the Algoma Occasional Teachers’ Local represents over 180 qualified and certified Elementary Occasional Teachers employed by the Algoma District School Board.

As the bargaining unit for the Elementary Occasional Teachers of Algoma, we are committed to securing and maintaining the best possible working conditions for our members, protecting the rights of all members, and making certain that the conditions of our Collective Agreement are honoured.

On this website you will find a wide variety of useful information, including our Collective Agreement and Local Constitution, discussions of relevant issues, upcoming Professional Development opportunities, and much much more!

Latest News & Events

Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year!

A huge WELCOME to all of our new Algoma Occasional Teacher Members and a huge WELCOME BACK to all of our ongoing Algoma Occasional Teacher Members!

On behalf of the Executive of the Algoma Occasional Teacher Local I wish you a wonderful 2018-2019 School Year.  We look forward to working with you and getting to know you through various activities planned for our OT Members this year.  The very first event, which will take place during the month of September, is a Welcome Back Pub Night.  Further details will follow shortly.  We look forward to seeing you there!


Peter Mead, President

Algoma Occasional Teacher Local

Email:  meadp@yahoo.com

Phone:  705-257-0556


Our Collective Bargaining Team

Peter Mead  Sue Beltrano  Ryan Geick  Mark Hollingsworth  Jessica Mitchell

Our Collective Bargaining Team continues to represent the Algoma OT Membership by ensuring that our new Collective Agreement is implemented in a timely and appropriate fashion.  If you have any questions regarding this Collective Agreement, or regarding issues that arise in the schools related to our Collective Agreement, please feel free to contact any member of our Collective Bargaining Team.


ETFO Celebrates its 20th Anniversary

According to ETFO, “United. Inclusive. Strong” are the three words that best described what ETFO and its 83,000 members have aspired to be since the Federation’s inception i 1998.  Take part in celebrating ETFO’s achievements by going to the etfo.ca website for information about ETFO’s history and its work to build a better and more equitable future for members, students and families.

A special feature of the ETFO 20th Anniversary Celebration is the ETFO 20th Anniversary Gala Video which highlights members, local leaders and provincial leaders past and present describing what ETFO means to them.  Check it out.


Save the Date – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7th

The Algoma OT Local is in the process of planning a Christmas Bowling Party for our members to take place on Friday, December 7th.  More details will follow shortly.  Plan to save that date and join your colleagues for a a festive Christmas get-together! 


Our Algoma OT Local 2018 Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Algoma OT Local took place on May 12, 2018 at the Honda Dealership Building at 415 Pim Street in Sault Ste. Marie.  At that meeting, those Members present voted on changes to our Algoma OT Constitution and discussed a number of pertinent issues in a Question & Answer Session.  The minutes of this meeting will be sent to all Members in an email early in September.

Once you receive the minutes of this meeting, if you have any questions about the amendments adopted or the issues discussed, please contact Peter Mead, President, by phone at 705-257-0556 or by email at meadp@yahoo.com


Our Algoma OT Local Fall General Meeting

On October 13, 2018, the Algoma Occasional Teacher Local held its Fall General Meeting at the Honda Dealership Building at 415 Pim Street in Sault Ste. Marie.  The minutes of that 2018 Fall General Meeting were emailed to all Algoma OT Members on November 9, 2018.

If you did not receive the email of these minutes, or if you have any questions about the minutes of this meeting, please contact Peter Mead, President, by phone (705-257-0556) or by email (meadp@yahoo.com).


Health & Safety Report – September 2018

Workplace Health and Safety – Occasional Teachers

ADSB Joint Health and Safety Committee Meeting – September 2018

Keys for OTs – Please ensure you are getting a key everyday you go to a school. If you are having a difficult time or are told there are no keys, please send an email to keriwhent@shaw.ca.


Slips, Trips and Falls – This is the biggest cause of injury for teachers. Please ensure you are watching where you step. Every school is equipped with Yak Trax for the winter months. If the school yard is icy or slippery please wear a pair over your boots. If the school does not have them, please send an email to keriwhent@shaw.ca


Workplace Violence – Please make sure you are reporting any workplace violence, including near misses and attempts. You are legally obligated to do this. You will not be “blacklisted” or “rocking boats”. When in doubt, fill out a report. Make a copy for yourself. This is for violence against a worker. For student to student violence you would use a Safe Schools Incident report.


ETFO Health & Safety Flowchart – This is a handy flowchart with all the information you need to know. You can hover the mouse over each box for additional information.


Keri Whent                                             Algoma OT Health & Safety Representative



Keep the Algoma OT Local (& the ADSB) Updated on Changes to Contact Information

It is important that you keep the Algoma OT Local up-to-date on changes to your phone number and/or email address so that we can contact you when necessary and keep you informed about issues in progress.  The ADSB Human Resources Office also requires this information in order to contact you about job placements.

If your email address or your phone number has changed recently, please provide our Local with your new information by contacting Peter Mead, President, by phone (705-257-0556) or by email (meadp@yahoo.com).

If you are a new member of the Algoma OT Local and/or you are not receiving regular emails from our Local, please contact Peter Mead, President, by phone (705-257-0556) or by email (meadp@yahoo.com).


Attend an ETFO Workshop or Conference

ETFO offers a large variety of workshops and conferences that are open to all members. The cost of travel, meals and accommodations are covered by ETFO Provincial.  In addition, Occasional Teachers receive the standard OT rate of pay for each conference day that takes place on a school day.  Check out the ETFO website regularly (at www.etfo.ca) as new conferences and workshops are always being posted.


Become Familiar with the ETFO Website

The ETFO website at www.etfo.ca contains excellent material for all OT members. The section entitled Advice: Members as Professionals contains a section entitled “Allegations:  What to Do”, which is exceptionally helpful, providing information on how to deal with many challenging situations.

The following is an excerpt from “Allegations:  What to Do”:

Allegations: What to do

What to do if an allegation is made against you

If you learn that an allegation has been made against you that could result in a criminal or Children’s Aid Society (“CAS”) investigation, remain calm and contact your local or provincial ETFO office for support. Please be aware of the following important information:

If you are contacted by the police or the CAS regarding an allegation against you:

  1. DO NOT participate in, or consent to, an interview.
  2. Make no statement to anyone including administration regarding the allegation/charges.
  3. Say…  “I am willing to co-operate but I am unable to comment until I contact the Federation and legal counsel.”
  4. Call ETFO at 416-962-3836 or 1-888-838-3836 and state that your call is urgent.
  5. You will be put in touch with the professional relations staff (PRS) “on-call” who will provide the necessary assistance.

If you are notified about an allegation after office hours, you may contact ETFO Provincial office if you are in an “emergency” situation. 

What is an Emergency?

  • You are facing criminal charges for an alleged criminal offence directly related to the performance of your professional duties;
  • Police are on the scene or on the way; and 
  • You are at risk of being arrested/incarcerated.

What Should You Do?

Call 416-962-3836 or 1-888-838-3836 and follow the instructions to reach an operator. 

A voice message will provide the necessary instructions to put you through to an operator. You will be asked a few quick questions.  Where appropriate, a criminal lawyer will be contacted and you will be connected immediately.