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.

Peter Mead, President

Algoma Occasional Teacher Local

Email:  meadp@yahoo.com

Phone:  705-257-0556

Our Collective Bargaining (CB) 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.

Our CB Team Prepares for Negotiations

Your Collective Bargaining (CB) Team is working hard on your behalf as our current Collective Agreement with the ADSB expires on August 31st, 2019. On January 31st, our CB Team will be meeting with our ETFO Staff Officer to discuss and to prioritize Central and Local CB issues. In March, all members of our CB Team will be involved in ETFO workshops focused on developing and strengthening our skills with respect to the upcoming round of collective bargaining. We will keep you updated as this negotiation process unfolds.

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.

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).


Our Newest Executive Member

Congratulations to Algoma OT Member Erika Vecchio on her appointment to the position of Interim Secretary-Treasurer with our Local following the resignation of our former Secretary-Treasurer Jeanette Cowen. We are very grateful to Jeanette for her many years of hard work and devotion to our Local and we wish her all the best in the future. Thank you also to all those Members who submitted applications for the position of Interim Secretary-Treasurer – your commitment to our Local is very much appreciated.


Health & Safety Reports 

Workplace Health and Safety – Occasional Teachers

Partners in Prevention – May 14-15

This workshop focused on preventing workplace injuries. There were 2 wonderful guest speakers, one who talked about surviving a bear attack and the other who spoke about work/life balance. There was also a panel discussion on the opioid crisis here in Sault Ste Marie. I went to workshops on various topics surrounding workplace injury including Fatigue, Time Management and Overall Wellness. The workshop on fatigue focused on workers driving to and from working during the peak “tired hours” around 6am and 3pm. The workshop on Time Management included talks about prioritizing the things we need to accomplish so that we are not burning out. The Overall Wellness seminar focused on keeping ourselves healthy and happy through eating right and exercising by doing what we love to do instead of just going to the gym. It was a great conference.


ADSB Joint Health and Safety Committee Meeting – June 3rd, 2019

Keys Keys Keys – keep the information coming in regards to keys for Occasional Teachers. Things are improving but there are still areas to fix.

Reports – Please ensure you file Workplace Violence and Workplace Injury forms every time an incident occurs. There will be a rollout next year of online reporting for Workplace Violence and Safe Schools reports. Workplace Injury will continue to be paper forms for now.

There is an update to the Scent Sensitivity policy coming as well. Please try to ensure you are not wearing perfumes/colognes when going into schools. A lot of staff (and students) have sensitivities to smells. This includes essential oils.

                  Keri Whent,  Algoma OT Health & Safety Representative


Increase in Occasional Teacher Daily Rate 

Please note that on February 1, 2019 the daily rate that is paid to our Occasional Teachers will be going up from the present rate of $243.97 to the new rate of $246.41. This is an important change to keep in mind when preparing your upcoming Employment Insurance (EI) claim.


Join our Algoma OT Executive

~  Submit your name for election at our May 4th AGM ~

At our upcoming Algoma OT Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday, May 4th, 2019, we will be holding elections for all positions on our Algoma OT Executive.  Elections will be held for these Executive positions in the following order:  President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, Member-at-Large.  Any candidate who is unsuccessful in attaining the position originally sought at the AGM is welcome to drop down and run for other positions whose elections occur afterwards.

The window for election nominations opens on Sunday, April 7th, and closes on Saturday, April 20th.  Each member who wishes to run for an Executive position at our upcoming AGM must submit a nomination email to our Elections Chair, Nicole Stewart-Murray (nsmurray@shaw.ca), between April 7th and April 20th inclusive.  Please note that this nomination email must include the name and email address of the candidate and the position the candidate is seeking, along with the names and email addresses of two Algoma OT Members who serve as mover and seconder (see Sample Nomination Email below).  Our Elections Chair will send an email reply to each candidate to confirm receipt of the nomination email.

On Tuesday, April 23rd, our Elections Chair will forward the list of duly nominated candidates to the Local Executive.  On the evening of the 23rd our President, Peter Mead, will make this list available to our Algoma OT membership.

We encourage you to consider putting your name forward for election to our Algoma OT Executive.  If you have any questions or concerns about our election process, please contact Peter Mead, President, by phone (705-257-0556) or email (meadp@yahoo.com).

*Below is a sample script for a Nomination Email:

Sample Nomination Email (send email to nsmurray@shaw.ca):

Name of Candidate seeking election: ____________________

Candidate’s email address: _____________________________

Position Candidate is seeking:  __________________________

Name of Mover: ___________________________________

Email address of Mover: ______________________________

Name of Seconder:  __________________________________

Email address of Seconder:  ____________________________

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.