Our VEAES Weekly is a weekly newsletter that helps keep our members informed about current issues and upcoming events.

2023 - 2024

June 20, 2024 – In this Issue:

Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Indigenous History Month, BCTF / BC Fed participation in Vancouver Pride Parade, Cell Phone Use in schools, Tyee article asks important questions about school budgets, Resolutions to the 2024 BC Federation of Labour Convention, Schools without Area Counsellors, Vancouver Teachers Make the News…Again! Joint Union Morale Survey Results Picked up by Media, Spring Transfer Postings, Enrolment Projections Review Update, Appreciation and Acknowledgment for VEAES Staff

June 13, 2024 – In this Issue:

June is Pride Month!, VEAES and other VSB Union Groups release Joint Press Release, Appreciation Event, Pacific Blue Cross Board Vote, Spring Transfer – Post and Fill Process, TTOC Missed Prep Survey, TTOC Seminar: Employment Insurance: Navigating the EI Claim Process, Pro-D Updates, Resolutions to the 2024 BC Federation of Labour Convention, BCTF Summer Leadership Conference

June 6, 2024 – In this Issue:

The 2024 Membership Survey is complete and the report released!, TTOC work at the VEAES office, VEAES Union Appreciation Event: Thanks to All Who Make the Union Work!, VEAES retirement dinner, BC Provincial Politics Check-In, Pay Transparency Report and Survey, Pro-D Planning Day, Joy as Collective Action—BCTF Anti-Racism Symposium, Opportunities to collaborate on provincial teams, BIPOC Affinity Group: Year-end celebration! 

May 30, 2024 – In this Issue:

Cell Use Draft, May 31 Reminders!, Reference Letters, Reporting Timelines 2024-2025, Honouring Vivian Jung, School Psychologist Fees, VSB AccessAbility Survey

May 23, 2024 – In this Issue:

May 23 Day of Reflection – Tk’emlups te Secwépemc, Canadian Jewish Heritage Month, BCTF Bargaining Conference, Seamless Day, SPACES software, Class Size, COPE Townhall series: The Schools We Need, Upcoming Celebrations, Cell Phone Legislation, Joy as Collective Action Symposium

May 16, 2024 – In this Issue:

VEAES 2024 Annual General Meeting, Winner Winner CoDev Dinner, Agreement with VSB on Increasing FTE, VEAES’ Failure to Fill Tool Goes Province-Wide, Lori Liang Retirement Celebration, Early Retirement Incentive Plan, The Moose Hide Campaign, Reminders for Spring Transfer and some Advice, VEAES Job Share Meet and Greet, In memoriam: Jane MacEwan, May 31 Reminders

May 9, 2024 – In this Issue:

May is Asian Heritage Month, Job Share Meet and Greet May 15th, TTOC Appreciation Social May 22 4 PM, Student Teacher Recruitment, Health & Safety Update, Important deadline for Salary Change, BCTF launches new ad campaign, School Staffing – Embrace the power of your Staff Committee!, Did you know? BCTF Short Term Indemnity Plan, TRB dues – reminder!, VEAES AGM May 14 – Tickets to CODEV fundraising dinner

May 2, 2024 – In this Issue:

Red Dress Day, TTOC Appreciation Week, Local Bargaining Survey, Job Share Meet and Greet, From Awareness to Action—Anti-Racism in the Union, Program Closures, Letter on Gaza, Get to know your Leaves!, Last chance to participate in the VEAES Morale survey, TRB dues, Bullying & Harassment Complaints – SOGI AP 174, COPE Townhall series: The Schools We Need, VEAES AGM May 14 – Tickets to CODEV fundraising dinner, Motion Defeated to replace Resource Teachers on 1st Day of Absence: VSB Board Meeting 

April 23, 2024 – In this Issue:

Pro-D App for District Applications, Program Closures and loss of district classes, Reissued Morale Survey, Talking with kids about body weight, Leafleting Update, 2024 Annual General Meeting – Local Bargaining Objectives, Workplace Bullying & Harassment Investigations, TTOC Appreciation Week May 6-10, Parents Advocacy, Institute for Public Education analysis of the BC education budget, Dyslexia and LD screening K-3, Booking Absences in SFE

April 17, 2024 – In this Issue:

Pro-D Updates, VEAES Elects 6 Delegates to the BCTF Bargaining Conference, Celebrate May Day at the Maritime Labour Centre (May 1st, 5:30PM-9:30PM, 111 Victoria Drive), Leafleting Efforts: VEAES Members Share Joint Union Letter with Parents in their School Community, Relinquishing a Part-time Continuing Contract – Deadline April 30th, District Program Closures – Page 5, Teacher Council Election, Updated VEAES Member Morale Survey, VSB Budget, Local Bargaining Survey, BIPOC Affinity Group Gathering, Missed Preparation Time, Save the Date! 

April 11, 2024 – In this Issue:

2024-2025 Executive Committee, BCTF AGM 2024, Fundraising, Pro-D Updates, Limited spots remaining for April’s district-wide Pro-D “(Un)Learning: Embracing Education Outdoors”, Climate Action Rally, Employment Equity for Aboriginal Educators, Online Pension Seminar 

April 4, 2024 – In this Issue:

Spring Transfer Timeline / Post and Fill, Salary Increase July 2024, BCTF Advisory Committees, Join the VEAES BIPOC Affinity Group!, United in Solidarity, PBC vote results, Social Media and Device Use in Schools, Universal School Food Program, April 8 Eclipse – Board Direction, Upcoming General Meeting / Truth and Reconciliation, Reporting Violent Incidents

March 14, 2024 – In this Issue:

Happy Spring Break, Parents at Strathcona Elementary Echo Teachers’ Concerns Surrounding Staffing at VSB, Join the VEAES BIPOC Affinity Group!, VEAES Reps on VSB Fine and Performing Arts and Reporting Working Groups, AOEC Spring Conference (Saturday April 27) – Unlearning the Colonial, Additional day this school year, Bargaining Timeline, Delegates to May 21-23 Provincial Bargaining Conference, Current BCTF opportunities, VEAES Statement on Gaza, BC Teachers’ Council

March 7, 2024 – In this Issue:

March 12 General Meeting – VEAES CUPE 15 Solidarity, BCTF Annual General Meeting, VSB Employee Morale Survey, Ask your local teacher librarian!, Teacher Council Elections, Professional Fatigue, Wellness, and the United Nations Report, International Women’s Day

February 29, 2024 – In this Issue:

PBC Extended Health Vote, 2025 Bargaining, VSB Budget, Early Retirement Incentive Plan, What is “Land Back”?, Spring Transfer Timeline

February 22, 2024 – In this Issue:

Black History Month, Heck yes DPAC!, New Teacher SURT and Welcome to VEAES, New SOGI DRT, Lee, Vancouver & District Labour Council’s (VDLC) Restore the Living Wage Campaign , Registration now open for April’s district-wide Pro-D “(Un)Learning: Embracing Education Outdoors”, Provincial Budget process begins, 8 ways to support disability justice and counter ableism, BC Teacher Council Elections, Pacific Blue Cross Vote

February 15, 2024 – In this Issue:

Pro-D Day Protocols, 33rd Annual Women’s Memorial March 2024, New Committee Chairs, BCTF opportunities, Big appreciation to DPAC, BCTF systemic review of racism report, Your Turn to Take Political Action!, Starling Minds Mental Fitness webinars starting February 20, 2024

February 8, 2024 – In this Issue:

February 14th Annual Women’s Memorial March, Annual BCTF member survey, Vancouver Teachers are in the News!, VSB Personnel Files and Letters of Discipline, Bargaining Survey 1 & 2 complete!, Police in VSB Elementary Schools, Pacific Blue Cross Vote, New Teacher SURT / Welcome to VEAES Ceremony: Wednesday, February 28th, Vancouver District and Labour Council annual IWD dinner, Special Ed Academic blocks for Resource Teachers

February 1, 2024 – In this Issue:

VEAES Press Release, Tecumseh Flood, BCTF AGM, Teacher Pension Webinar, Bargaining Survey – Provincial Matters, Social Justice in February, Failure to Fill Update, VEAES Meets (Again!) with Minister of Education Rachna Singh, Withdrawing from LTD, Correction to last week’s VEAES Weekly

January 25, 2024 – In this Issue:

Preparing for VSB Budget, School Union Rep Training, Kingsgate Mall is in the News!, Pacific Blue Cross Vote, Found at Staff Rep Assemblies – Please Claim, Second Bargaining Survey, Change in Salary Category Reminder

January 12, 2024 – In this Issue:

BCTF AGM Delegates, Remedy Update, Satisfaction / Student Learning Surveys, First Bargaining Issues Session, Health & Safety Reporting, Bereavement Leave, Rethinking Schools Article “Getting to the Why: Service Learning for Social Justice”, Pacific Blue Cross, Payroll and Benefits Information from VSB, Current Events, Global Issues and Curriculum, Important deadline for Salary Change, New Member to Health & Safety Committee, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

December 21, 2023 – In this Issue:

Winter Break Message, In memoriam: Jane MacEwan, BCTF AGM March 16-19, 2024: Call for delegates, Pay Dates for Winter Break 2023/24, BCTF Health and Wellness Program

December 14, 2023 – In this Issue:

British Columbia Teachers’ Council Update, Seniority Lists, School Site Lunchtime Practices Survey Results Shared at Staff Rep Assembly, Failures to Fill and use of Supervision Aides, Evaluations, BCTF AGM March 16-19, 2024: Call for delegates, TTOC Social Thursday December 21st @ 4 PM

December 7, 2023 – In this Issue:

Become a Delegate to the BCTF Annual General Meeting March 16-19, 2024, TTOC Social Thursday December 21st @ 4 PM, Update of Data Collected by New Failure to Fill Tool, Freedom of Expression

November 30, 2023 – In this Issue:

VEAES In-Office Team Meet with VSB Trustees to Discuss VEAES Member’s Issues, First Bargaining Survey Coming Soon, Changing Employee Passwords, Marjorie Dumont, VEAES VP, recipient of UBC’s Reconciliation and Decolonization Alumni Award, City Hall Motion has Impact on Potential of VSB Public Land Sales, December 6th National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, Commercial Drive Building Sale Completed, Disability Justice / Fighting Ableism

November 23, 2023 – In this Issue:

Registration open for BCTF New Teachers’ Conference!, Health and safety – Power Outages, Reference Letters, Dependent care costs for Staff Reps attending a Staff Rep Assembly, Teacher Regulation Branch, Board Position on Teaching about Israel / Palestine, BCTF Annual General Meeting Resolutions, BCTF opportunities, VEAES Bursary, BCTF Annual General Meeting Resolutions, December 6th National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

November 17, 2023 – In this Issue:

Elementary SLO Program, Pro-D News, ISSUE SESSION on Professional Issues, VEAES Bursary, VEAES Open House November 30th 4 – 7pm, Reminder: Training for new and continuing Health and Safety Committee Members, BCTF Annual General Meeting Resolutions, Evaluation vs Discipline, BCTF New Teachers’ Zoom Gathering

November 9, 2023 – In this Issue:

Violent Incidents and Our Health, Opportunities in Adult Education, Joint Statement VEAES and VSB on Reporting, VEAES process on making public statements, Truth and Reconciliation, Extended Health Benefits Plan Vote, BCTF Health and Wellness Program, CUPE 15 at Nov 14 Staff Rep Assembly, BCTF New Teachers’ Zoom Gathering

November 3, 2023 – In this Issue:

National Indigenous Veterans Day, Indigenous Soldiers, Adult Education Work Opportunities, Teacher-in-Charge, Remedy, 2023 Reporting, Unions Stand Up and Win Big, Understanding your Benefits and Pension Income in Retirement

October 27, 2023 – In this Issue:

Message from the VEAES IHTO’s, Climate Education Awareness Lessons for K–3, Managing our Wellness, Pro-D News, Attendance at Pro-D Events, Virtual Provincial Teacher Inquiry Program, Violence in Schools and Health and Safety Reporting, Pension Plan Seminars, BCTF Positions Accepting Applications

October 20, 2023 – In this Issue:

The War in the Middle East, School Union Rep Training, Failure to Fill Tool, Coquitlam Hazel Trembath Fire, Pro-D News, Violence in Schools and Health and Safety Reporting

October 12, 2023 – In this Issue:

Violent Incidents, Truth and Reconciliation, Union Leave, VEAES Bursary, Rodents in the Classroom, Provincial Specialist Association Pro-D Day October 20, Sexual Health and Gender Identity and the Curriculum

September 21, 2023 – In this Issue:

Truth and Reconciliation Day 2023, The Witness Blanket, FSA withdrawal letters, School Union Rep Training, No Space For Hate, Letter to VSB Management and Trustees, New Application Process for VEAES Mentorship Grant, Climate Action Rally, Pro D Updates

September 15, 2023 – In this Issue:

FSA, September 18: International Day of Action to Search the Landfills for Remains of MMIWG2S+, Staff Rep Assembly, SRO, Reporting Order, Bargaining 2025, TTOC Conversion from a Temporary to a Continuing Contract, Executive Vacancies

September 8, 2023 – In this Issue:

Letter to Colleagues, Joint Press Release from VEAES, Burnaby and Surrey Teachers’ Associations on August 31

2022 - 2023

June 30, 2023 – In this Issue:

Happy Summer – You’ve made it!, TTOC Availability Forms, BIPOC Affinity Group Year-End Gathering, VEAES Retirement, Tyee Pride Week, VEAES Summer Hours

June 22, 2023 – In this Issue:

June is Pride Month, Pride in Action!, Post and Fill, VEAES Meets the Mayor, Case Manager Role, Call for Participants to the IDEA Indigenous Educators’ Network—Fifth Continental Encounter of Indigenous Educators, Sharing Ideas for Teaching Truth and Reconciliation

June 16, 2023 – In this Issue:

National Indigenous Peoples’ Day June 21st, Does your school do daily announcements? If so, do they include land acknowledgements?, Post and Fill, TTOC Availability Forms, TTOC Employment Insurance (E.I.) Workshop

June 1, 2023 – In this Issue:

VEAES Office Moving Day Wednesday June 7th, Green Thumbs Wanted, Option 4 Survey, TTOC Information Update, SFE Information, Spring Transfer Timelines, Incremental Increases in Time, Unpaid Leave and TRB Fees, Remedy, Unsafe Heat!, Correction on Posting Timelines

May 25, 2023 – In this Issue:

Information on Heat Stress and Process to Report, Understanding TTOC Experience Credits, Remedy, χpey̓ Elementary 10 Year Anniversary, Takeover Edition of Teacher Magazine Now Available, Early Retirement Incentive Plan, Landmark Supreme Court Decision on 2SLGBTQIA+ Human Rights, Provincial Benefits Improvements

May 18, 2023 – In this Issue:

VEAES’ Executive Committee for 2023-24 Elected, TRC Call to Action 15: Aboriginal Languages Initiatives, School Organization 2023-24 Class Size/Composition Violations, PREP – Vacancy Job Assignments in SFE, Appeal process for Designations, BCTF Public Education Conference

May 11, 2023 – In this Issue:

Updates From The Kindergarten Survey, Teacher Regulation Branch Fee Due May 31st, Asian Heritage Month, Jewish Heritage Month, Pro-D Opportunity: What are the Implications of Artificial Intelligence in BC Education?, Hot Pot Talks x Mayworks, Half Day Monthly Staff Rep Leave, Early Retirement Incentive Plan Deadline May 31st, BCTF Opportunities: Call for Teachers to Co-Create Black Canadian Learning Resource, VEAES AGM, Tuesday May 16 at Van Dusen Gardens, Pro-D News, Post and Fill Update

May 4, 2023 – In this Issue:

May 5th – National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit+, Budget Update, VEAES Adult Educator Sublocal Annual General Meeting, BIPOC Affinity Gathering: Monday May 8, 4-6pm, Early Retirement Incentive Plan deadline May 31st, Pensions Seminars, Advocacy in Action, Spring Transfer Timeline, VEAES AGM: May 16th 4pm at Van Dusen Gardens, VSB Updates its SOGIGE Policy & Administrative Procedure

April 27, 2023 – In this Issue:

President’s Message on the VSB Budget, Upcoming Deadline for Part-Time Teachers to Relinquish a Continuing Contract (LOU), VEAES Adult Educator Sublocal Annual General Meeting

April 20, 2023 – In this Issue:

TRC Call to Action, VSB Budget Process, National Day of Mourning, Salary Grids for July 1, 2023, New Teachers’ Zoom Gathering on May 2, Upcoming BCTF summits offer a new way to connect and build community, Freeskool Activist School, Spring Transfer Timelines & BIPOC Affinity News — Yoga in the Park

April 13, 2023 – In this Issue:

VSB Board Decision on Queen Elizabeth Annex, Staff Rep Assembly, Tuesday April 18th, Take It Outside!: Experiential Learning and Sustainability Pro-D Day on April 24, Post and Fill School Union Rep Training (SURT) May 3rd & 4th, District Fine and Performing Arts Working Group, Health & Safety – Understanding Forms & Process, Call for Nominations for next year’s VEAES Executive Committee, Ministère de l’Éducation et de la Petite Enfance—Révision de l’échelle de compétence provinciale, Young Workers’ Social, Facilitators

April 6, 2023 – In this Issue:

VSB Budget, Go Public! Campaign, Upcoming Deadline for Part-Time Teachers to Relinquish a Continuing Contract (LOU), Removing a Letter of Discipline From Your File, Upcoming Solidarity Days, Call for Nominations for Next Year’s VEAES Executive Committee, Cultural Leave for Aboriginal Employees, Pension Seminars, BCTF Advisory Committee Vacancies & BCTF Neurodivergent Virtual Monthly Meet ups

March 30, 2023 – In this Issue:

VEAES AGM May 16th- Executive Committee Nominations Open, VEAES Launches the Go Public! Campaign for Public Education, Act of Solidarity Between L.A. Teachers and their Support Staff Delivers the Goods for Workers!, April 28th – Day of Mourning, Maureen MacDonald – Celebration of Life, May Day Rally!, How to fix the BC Teacher shortage? Support educators and families, Pension Seminars, New hires – check your placement on the salary grid & Health & Safety Updates

March 9, 2023 – In this Issue:

Happy Spring Break, GO PUBLIC! Campaign, Health and Safety Training for Committee Members, BCTF Annual General Meeting, ReconciliACTION, New Reporting Order / Reporting Workgroup, Meeting with Trustees, Post and Fill

March 2, 2023 – In this Issue:

VSB Budget Survey, Extended Health Benefits Plan Results, VEAES New Building, Provincial Budget and Working and Learning Conditions, Food Safe and Pro-D, Spring Transfer Timeline, REMINDER: General Meeting & Staff Rep Assembly, CPI Training

February 23, 2023 – In this Issue:

Extended Health Benefits Vote Feb 27th, Prep Time and Early Dismissal, Resource Teacher Task Force March 3rd, BIPOC Affinity Gathering March 1, 4-6pm, Feb 22 Joint District Pro-D Meeting Cancelled, Kindergarten Survey Report Out, HOBIYEE 2023 – Restoring our Roots, Animals in the Classroom, Vancouver Elementary and Adult Educators’ Society Logo Contest

February 16, 2023 – In this Issue:

Memorial March for Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, Girls, Two-Spirit and Trans People, BIPOC Affinity Gathering March 1, 4-6pm, Black History Month, Extended Health Benefits Plan Vote, Spring Transfer Timeline, New VEAES Building, Dialogue Sessions on Racism, VEAES Resource Teacher Task Force, Upcoming BCTF Membership Survey, Discrimination, Kindergarten Survey

February 09, 2023 – In this Issue:

In Memoriam: Rossanne Tanner and Maureen MacDonald, Black History Month, SURT, BCTF AGM, TTOC Access to Technology, Health & Safety Training for Committee Members, BCTF Group RRSP, Extended Health Benefits Voting Timeline & Survey, VEAES Resource Teacher Task Force

January 26, 2023 – In this Issue:

VSB Wellness Updates, TRC Call to Action #49, Executive Committee Anti-Oppression Training, Upcoming School Union Rep Training (SURT), Day Plans, Kindergarten Survey, New Member to Health & Safety Committee, Welcome to VEAES, FESL (Framwork for Enhancing Student Learning ) Working Group, BCTF Systemic Review of Racism Dialogue Series & BIPOC Affinity Group Gathering

January 19, 2023 – In this Issue:

Vancouver Elementary and Adult Educators’ Society Logo Contest, VEAES’ Annual Welcoming Ceremony: January 25th, 4-7pm, Kindergarten Survey, New Member to Health & Safety Committee, Upcoming School Union Rep Training (SURT), VEAES School Visits, BIPOC Affinity Group Gathering, Attend the Annual Women’s Memorial March (MMIWGT2S+), February 14th, 2023, Pro-D News, Pro-D Opportunity: Take It Outside! Experiential Learning & Sustainability Pro-D Day on April 24, Hobiyee 2023 – Restoring our Roots & Adult Ed Collective Agreement Ratified

January 12, 2023 – In this Issue:

Black Shirt Day, January 15th, 2023, BCTF AGM March 18-21: Call for delegates, Reductions in Time that Result in a 0.80 or 0.20 FTE, VEAES’ Annual Welcoming Ceremony: January 25th, 4-7pm, Contacting the VEAES Office, BCTF New Teachers Conferences, Seniority Lists Updated November 2022, Stewart Schon Health and Safety Award, Vancouver Residents: What are Your Budget Priorities?, Sites Without Counsellors, Extended Health Plan Vote, Looking for help using the CSL Tool or writing reports?

January 5, 2023 – In this Issue:

VEAES School Visits and Upcoming Training, BCTF Annual General Meeting March 18-21, 2023, Policing in Schools BCTF Research Project, Attend the Annual Women’s Memorial March (MMIWGT2S+), February 14th, 2023, Douglas / Trudeau / Livingstone / Moberly, VTF Extended Health Plan Vote, Health & Safety Reporting, Jan. 4 recognized as National Ribbon Skirt Day by Act of Parliament, Retroactive Pay

December 15, 2022 – In this Issue:

Happy Holidays, Registering for the VEAES Website Portal, BCTF Health & Wellness Program, wək̓ʷan̓əs tə syaqʷəm: the sun rising over the horizon, Dec 6th Montreal Massacre Memorial, BCTF Upcoming Zoom gathering for new teachers

December 8, 2022 – In this Issue:

Post- Collective Agreement Ratification, Housing in Vancouver, VTF Extended Health Plan Vote, New Pay Scales and Retroactive Pay, Adult Educators Bargaining Concluded, Upcoming New Teachers’ Zoom Gathering, Food Safety Protocols, Stewart Schon Health and Safety Award, School Union Contact Lists and Dates to Remember

December 1, 2022 – In this Issue:

Collective Agreement Ratified, Seniority Lists Updated, Reporting a Workplace Injury, TTOC Social — Dec 14th 4pm – 6pm, Bring Forward Your Motions for the BCTF AGM!, Feedback from Indigenous Focus Day, BC Teachers’ Pension Plan Investments, BC Federation of Labour Convention, Policing in Schools, BIPOC Affinity Circle, December 6th National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

November 24, 2022 – In this Issue:

Memorandum of Agreement Ratification Vote, Returning Ballot Boxes to the VEAES Office, Failures to Fill, SSW Practicum Students, IEP Meetings Scheduled Between Recess and Lunch, VSB “Shadow a Student” Initiative, VEAES Bursary & VEAES Aboriginal Education Committee – Drum Making Workshop

November 17, 2022 – In this Issue:
Provincial Ratification Vote, Ballot Boxes & Election Materials, Bargaining Information Session (Virtual), Indigenous Focus Day, IT/APPS, Child of a VEAES member Bursary Reminder, VSB Wellness Update, December 6th Day of Remembrance

November 10, 2022 – In this Issue:
Remembrance Day, Provincial Ratification Vote, Indigenous Focus Day on Friday, November 25th, Food Safe Requirements, TRC Call to Action, Debate on SLO Program, Health & Safety Reporting, Denial of Leave, Bring Forward Your Motions for the BCTF AGM!

November 3, 2022 – In this Issue:
Honouring Indigenous Veterans This National Aboriginal Veterans Day, Provincial Bargaining: Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), FSAs – (yep, we’re still talkin’ about them), Students arriving after Sept. 6th, IEP meeting schedule, WCB claims for COVID, Health & Safety New Member Training, Call out for VEAES Rep to VSB Diversity Advisory Group

October 27, 2022 – In this Issue:
WCB Claims for Contracting Covid, Completing 6A Worksafe Forms, Provincial Bargaining, BCTF New Teachers’ Conference – call for faciliators, Pension Plan Seminars, Barb Parrott Appreciation Tea, TRC Call to Action #1 & Mini School Applications

October 20, 2022 – In this Issue:
Surt Training, Municipal Elections, Failures to Fill at your site? Keep us posted!, FSA documentation, CLICK grant deadline Oct 31st and much more!

October 14, 2022 – In this Issue:
Last Days of the Municipal Election, Workplace Injury, Supervision scheduling, Communications with the Union, Failure to Fill, VEAES is Launching an Instagram Social Media Page!, TTOC Pro-D Funds, General Meeting and Staff Rep 1/2 day Leave

October 6, 2022 – In this Issue:
TRC Calls to Action, Finance Committee Information, Updated School Union Team Lists Needed, Access to ESA Sick Leave, October PSA Day, Be Proactive! Talk With Your JOHS About Power Outages!, Watch the VTF Virtual School Trustee Town Hall Event!, BC Federation of Labour and VEAES Mentorship Fund Convention

September 29, 2022 – In this Issue:
Truth and Reconciliation Day, Professional Standard 9 video is live!, VTF Virtual Townhall with School Board Candidates, School Union Rep Training, BCFED Convention, FSA documents, Prep Time and Early Dismissal and Staff Rep Union Release Time

September 22, 2022 – In this Issue:
Truth & Reconciliation Week, Sept.26-30th, Unused Remedy Carry Over from 2021-22, VTF Virtual School Trustee Candidate Town Hall: October 3rd, 4:00 PM-5:30 PM, Get involved!, CLICK grant deadline and In Memorium

September 15, 2022 – In this Issue:
School Closure Monday, September 19th, VEAES’ First General Meeting and Staff Rep Assembly, September 20th, Professional Standards for BC Educators: Standard 9 new video coming soon!, Let’s Get to Know Our School Trustee Candidates! Submit a Question to VEAES, A message from your District Teacher for Anti-Racism and Diversity, Are you an educator with experience or interest in social media and content creation and #StatusForAll: Why is this relevant to educators?

September 08, 2022 – In this Issue:
Happy New Year, colleagues!, New Crew, Name Change, Witness Blanket by Carey Newman, NEW UNION LEAVE request process on the VEAES website!, Provincial Bargaining, Public Health Update, Important deadline for Salary Change

2021 - 2022

June 30, 2022 – In this Issue:
Summer Message, Congratulations to all VEAES retirees, Bargaining will likely continue into the summer, Statement of Solidarity from BC Federation of Labour on the overturning of Roe V Wade in the US, Professional Standards for BC Educators, VEAES Summer Office Hours

June 23, 2022 – In this Issue:
Vancouver Elementary and Adult Educators’ Society Logo, nə́c̓aʔmat tə šxʷqʷeləwən ct WE ARE OF ONE HEART AND MIND, 2283 Yukon Street Office, Provincial Bargaining, BCTF Summer Conference, Labour Day Labour Council Event, In other public sector bargaining…, VEAES Summer Office Hours

June 16, 2022 – In this Issue:
We have a new name!, Call for participants: 15th Trinational Conference in Oaxaca, Mexico, Student Valedictorians speak about learning during COVID, City Poems Contest, Pride Month is a time for celebration and solidarity, Post and Fill and Prep Time Make-up Grievance Resolve

June 9, 2022 – In this Issue:
Honouring VESTA members is part of how we celebrate the end of the year,  CSL tech failure, Post and Fill Process, Speak Up: Responding to Everyday Bigotry, Justice for Chelsea Poorman, Together, let’s move #ForwardWithPride and VSB Wellness consultation

June 2, 2022 – In this Issue:
Indigenous History Month, Online Pension Seminars, Provincial Bargaining, Ministry Committee Opportunity, VESTA Appreciation Event, Bill C-8 and Teacher Tax filing for 2021, VESTA Retirement Dinner, VESTA Special General Meeting June 6 – 4pm, Update on TTOC Paid Personal Illness & Injury Leave & Metis Hunters killed in Alberta

May 19, 2022 – In this Issue:
VTF General Meeting Ratification Vote, Retirement Dinner, VESTA’s Annual General Meeting, Spring TTOC News, Universal School Food for BC, Universal School Food for BC, Youth Violence, Pro-D sessions upcoming, Unite Here Rally

May 5, 2022 – In this Issue:
VESTA TTOCs! Come to a TTOC social in your honour, School Visits, Wellness Consultation, Spring Transfer!, Community Events

April 28, 2022 – In this Issue:
TTOC Appreciation Week, Teaching Certificate fee deadline, MMIWG, New Building! New Name?, Ministry Anti-Racism Teaching Guide Project, Provincial Bargaining, 5 days of sick leave for TTOCs, April 28 Day of Mourning & Moose Hide Campaign Day – May 12, 2022

April 21, 2022 – In this Issue:
MMIWG, School Visits, Health and Safety Update, Post and Fill Workshop May 4 and 5, BCTF Health and Wellness Program, Hug the Mountain & Earth Day (April 22, 2022) Activities and Resources

April 14, 2022 – In this Issue:
Post & Fill Workshop, Professional Standards for BC Educators, April 19 General Meeting–future of the VESTA Office, School Visits late April & more!

March 31, 2022 – In this Issue:
Transgender Day of Visibility, Paid sick leave for Unionized Workers, Updated VSB Communicable Disease Prevention Plan, VSB “Stronger Together” Anti-Racism Report & Upcoming Meeting Dates, Mandatory Health and Safety Committee Training for New Members on Worksite Health and Safety Committees, SOGI themed New Teachers’ Zoom Gathering, Anti-racism resources and supports, Climate Justice grant available!, Be a part of VESTA’s governance!, September 30 Statutory Reconciliation Day, Provincial Bargaining Underway, Support and Solidarity with Occupied and Invaded Nations, BCTF AGM & Setting Pro-d Days for your School Calendar

March 10, 2022 – In this Issue:
Reflections on Solidarity, VTF / VSB Bargaining Complete, BCTF / BCPSEA Bargaining begins, Completing 6A Worksafe Forms, Rapid Testing at Home, Collective Agreement Timeline Reminders and Did you know?

March 3, 2022 – In this Issue:
Happy International Women’s Day, Contacting the District Anti-Racism and Diversity Resource Teacher, Provincial Bargaining prepares to launch, Apology and correction for last week’s VESTA Weekly banner image, Rapid Testing at Home & Budget 2022 – same old, same old for BCED

February 25, 2022 – In this Issue:
Educators around the world stand with Ukraine and call for Peace, Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action #43 and #44, Supporting 2SLGBTQIA+ students, Spring Transfer Timelines, Joint Labour Council Statement on the Recent Far-Right Convoys, Updates to Health Orders, VESTA’s Territorial Acknowledgment & “Status Quo” budget = no new funding

February 17, 2022 – In this Issue:
Statement of Solidarity with 2SLGBTQIA+ students, New VESTA Website, N99 Mask Donation through BCTF, VDLC sponsored Gratitude Gathering, BCTF Annual General Meeting March 19-22, 2022, Climate Education & Awareness K–3 resources, Updates to COVID Provincial Health Orders, Black History Month resources and stories, BCTF New teachers’ Conference May 14, 2022, New Teacher Survey through BC Teachers’ Council

February 10, 2022 – In this Issue:
Local Bargaining Completed!, Location of Professional Development on February 18th, Mask Distribution, BC Teachers’ Council New Teacher Survey, Highlighting the New Professional Standard #9, Mentorship Funds, VESTA Website, Truth and Reconciliation Commission Call to Action#10, Feb 14th Annual Women’s Memorial Marrch, Dates to Remember

February 3, 2022 – In this Issue:
Black History Month, Talking Circle for BIPOC VESTA members on School Liaison Officers, TTOC task force, BC Teachers’ Council New Teacher Survey, Multi-Age Cluster Class Review, Petition to Government of Canada on Residential Schools, Gong Xi Fa Cai—Happy Lunar New Year (Feb 1, 2022), VESTA Seeking Representatives to VSB Committees, BCTF Aboriginal Education Advisory Committee and Truth and Reconciliation Call To Action #10

January 27, 2022 – In this Issue:
Message to Members, Talking Circle for BIPOC VESTA members on School Liaison Officers & New Website

January 21, 2022 – In this Issue:
February is Black History Month, BCTF New Teacher Zoom, Remedy, Multi-Age Cluster Class Input, BCTF AGM, Coverage for SSWs, Bargaining Update and TTOC task force

January 13, 2022 – In this Issue:
COVID related leaves and PPE, WCB Claims during COVID, School Safety Requirements, Daily health check, COVID-19 safety plans, Personal prevention practices, Role of Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committee (JOHSC), Failures to Fill and TTOC callout, Refusal of Unsafe Work, VSB Calendar Committee Process, Guest Author Kevin McPherson on attending local bargaining as an observer, SURT February 2 and 3, Observe Black Shirt Day today and tomorrow, VESTA Meetings Virtual until Spring Break, January Professional Development

January 6, 2022 – In this Issue:
Welcome Back – Known and unknowns, Truth and Reconciliation Commission Call to Action #63, TTOC access to EI when work is unavailable, BCTF Teacher Newsmag spotlight on Adult Education, Payroll Information, BCTF Annual General Meeting March 19 – 22nd, Change of Salary Category, January 25 Teacher Teaching on Call Zoom Gathering and BCTF Opportunities for Members

December 16 – In this Issue:
Towards the New Year, Staff Rep Union Leave, Perfectionism in context, Be a BCTF Decision-maker and Happy Holidays from the VESTA office!

December 9 – In this Issue:
Pay Dates for Winter Break 2021, General Meeting Witnessing, AGM Delegates, VESTA Press Releases and Local Bargaining Update

December 2 – In this Issue:
December 16 Vesta Weekly December 9 Vesta Weekly December 2 Vesta Weekly

November 25 – In this Issue:
2021 VTF bargaining team, The VESTA Office welcomes Karine Ng, VESTA Mentorship Fund, Bursary deadline fast approaching,  Looking for gift ideas? Consider Café Etico! and Teacher Pension Plan workshops

November 18 – In this Issue:
VTF Bargaining Team swings into action, Opportunity for Members: BCTF Reps to the Mental Health Regional Listening Sessions, Emergency support for BCTF members, Bursary for the child of a VESTA member, Bring forward your motions for the BCTF AGM! and Asian Labour Local and Global Solidarity 

November 4 – In this Issue:
VTF General Meeting Summary, Honouring Indigenous Veterans This National Aboriginal Veterans Day, 2022 BCTF Annual General Meeting, VESTA Reps to VTF Bargaining Team, BCTC New Teacher Survey 2021, Petition to implement two mandatory days of in-service in K-12 for Reconciliation activities, Making Sense of Your Pension, CPP, OAS and Group Benefits: An Essential Workshop from BCRTA, VSB Laptop renewal rollout plan & Health and Safety Rep Release Time

October 21 – In this Issue:
VESTA Mentorship Fund, Call for a VTF General Meeting, VESTA Bursary, Health and Safety, Draft Reporting Order, Professional Development Location, Antiracism Training Day Feedback, Seamless Day Kindergarten, Unused Remedy for 2020-21

October 14 – In this Issue:
An important Bargaining Call to Action, VESTA appoints Local Bargaining Team Members, New Draft Reporting Order, VSB Advisory Committee opportunities, Joint Professional Development Information Sessions, VESTA letter to VSB re: online learning, SURT Presentations

October 7 – In this Issue: 
Draft Report Order,VESTA Welcomes Hitomi Maruyama-Prasad, School Union Rep Training, Teacher Pension Plan Child Rearing Credits, CoDevelopment Canada, Adult Educator Pay Issues, Provincial PSA Day October 22 and Mask Mandate

October 1 – In this Issue”:
Truth and Reconciliation, VSB Education Plan Survey, Feedback on VSB Anti-racism day, VESTA Executive Committee, Bargaining, FSA & A message from the The Professional Specialist Association AOEC (Anti-Oppression Educators Collective)

September 23 – In this Issue:
Reconciliation Week, Professional Development, Anti-Racism Inservice Feedback, Bargaining Timeline, Mandatory JOHS Ctte Member Training,
Category Change Timelines, Mentorship Fund, Teacher Workload, Foundations Skills Assessment, Staff Rep Release Time, #RedforBCED

September 16 – In this Issue:
Volunteer Opportunity: Represent VESTA on a VSBAdvisory Committee!, National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, September Anti-Racism Inservice Day, Bargaining Update by Greg Canning, VESTA WLCB Chair, Key Health and Safety Notes by Danielle Durant, VESTA H&S Chair, Federal Election, September 20 by Vanessa Lefebvre, VESTA Political Action Chair

September 7 – In this Issue:
Welcome Back / Happy New Year, Contacting the VESTA Office, Health and Safety Updates, Collective Bargaining 2021, Federal Election 2021, Remedy

2020 - 2021

June 30 – In this Issue:
Thank you and wishes for a safe and restful summer, Summer School, VESTA office hours, School Restart September, Funding of Summer Professional Development

June 22 – In this Issue:
Looking Back, Looking Forward, Appreciating VESTA Teachers Teaching On Call,  #94DaysForReconciliation, Rent Strike Bargain Survey, Employment Insurance Benefits and BCTF Opportunities for Members

June 17th – In this Issue:
Bargaining Objectives Recommended by VESTA General Meeting!, Why Bargain?, What about advocacy and political activism?, Benefits Plan, Class Size and Composition and Provincial Bargaining

June 10 – In this Issue:
Pacific Blue Cross AGM, BCTF Bargaining Training, Petition for Truth and Reconciliation Inservice, TTOC Employment Insurance Seminar and General Meeting June 15 – Reminder!

June 3, 2021 – In this Issue:
Bargaining begins in the fall! – Please plan to attend VESTA’s General Meeting June 15th, BCTF Bargaining Training, TTOC Experience Credit, Bereavement Leave Grievance Resolve, VESTA’s new name, New Teachers’ Zoom Gathering and Year End Reporting

May 27, 2021 – In this Issue:>
Things to Remember, Al Blakey Celebration of Life, VESTA Annual General Meeting and EI Workshop

May 14, 2021 – In this Issue:
AGM reminder, Know Your Collective Agreement: Early Retirement Incentive Plan, SIP: Salary Indemnity Plan, Reminder: Annual Teaching Practice Fees Due by May 31st, Collective Agreement Article A.5.c: Staff Committee, Welcome to VESTA

May 7, 2021 – In this Issue:
Post and Fill, School staffing, Welcome to VESTA, Former VESTA President Al Blakey Passes Away at 84, Professional Development

April 29, 2021 – In this Issue:
Anti Oppressive Educators Collective, TTOCs, Vaccines, Important Union dates

April 23, 2021 – In this Issue:
SLO Review, Vaccinations, Post and Fill Workshop, VESTA AGM

April 8, 2021 – In this Issue:
Red for BCED, Solidarity for UNITE HERE 40, Mask Mandate, Vaccines, Provincial Mentorship Funds, Congratulations to Olga Campaneau on her retirement, VSB Budget

2021 April 1, 2021 – In this Issue:
Mask mandate in BC Schools, Vaccinations for Education workers, Anti-Asian RacismRed for BCED, Filing your taxes for the year 2020, Climate Justice Webinar on Earth Day, Labour Climate Forum, LGBTQ2S+ Issues Session, Issues Session on Racism

2021 March 11, 2021 – In this Issue:
Teachers’ Council Elections, RED for BCED, Spring Transfer Important Dates, Mentorship Funds, COVID VSB BC Children’s Hospital study, COVID Rapid Response teams, A Well Deserved Spring Break

2021 March 4, 2021 – In this Issue:
COVID Leave Reminders, BC Teachers Council Elections, New Disability Justice Resources, Support for Classroom Density and Vancouver Secondary Teachers, Social Justice in March, New Teacher Zoom Gathering

2021  February 26 – In this Issue:
Friday #RedforBCED, New Teachers – WELCOME TO VESTA!, BC Teachers’ Council, Upcoming BCTF AGM

2021 February 18 – In this Issue:
TTOC experience with callout and reassignment, VESTA supports #Farmers Protest, BCTF New Teacher Conference, Failures to Fill, FSA, Section 53 – Bargaining, Upcoming BCTF and Social Justice Events

2021 February 11 – In this Issue:
FSAs, Health and Safety, New Teachers’ Conference, Section 53 – Labour Relations Board Bargaining, Contacting the VESTA office, Feedback on the October Indigenous Focus Day, #RedforBCED, BCTF AGM delegates elected at Feb 16 General Meeting

2021 February 5 – In this Issue:
Space still available for Feb 11 Disability Justice Event, February is Black History Month, Paid Leave for COVID, Updates to the Provincial Health and Safety Guidelines, BCTF Research Project on experiences of Canadian BIPOC teachers with School Policing, Feedback on the November Indigenous Focus Day, VSB SLO Review

2021 January 28 – In this Issue:
SURT registration reminder, Disability Justice Virtual event Feb 11, BCTF New Teachers’ Conference, Prov and Federal COVID grant spending, Self-Directed Professional Development, Aboriginal Cultural Leave, Virtual BCTF AGM, New negotiated VESTA Mentorship Fund, Change of Salary Category

2021 January 21 – In this Issue:
February 3-4 SURT, BCTF public survey, Provincial  Health & Safety, School Liaison Officer Review, Opportunities at the BCTF, BCTF Annual General Meeting March 20-24, Provincial Bargaining–Labour Relations Board, Failures to Fill, February 12 District Wide Professional Development Date, #RedforEd

2021 January 14 – In this Issue:
Black Shirt Day, Payroll Information, FSA, New Teacher Zoom Gathering, BCTF School Liaison Officer research project & Health & Safety

2021 January 8 – In this Issue:
Happy New Year VESTA members, Hand sanitizer denials reversed, FSA & Reporting Guidelines

2020 December 17 – In this Issue:
Hand sanitizer denials reversed, FSA in January, Reporting Guidelines, Winter Break

2020 December 10 – In this Issue:
VESTA calls for Health & Safety improvements, Feedback on Nov 27 session, FSA campaign, New Education Minister, Failures to Fill, Assessment & Reporting

2020 December 3 – In this Issue:
VESTA advocacy at VSB, Option 4, #RedForBCED campaign, Additional Supervision Aides, Welcome to VESTA, Creating a  mask culture, Retirement resources, Reach out to your MLA!, December 6th Day of Remembrance

2020 November 26
2020 November 19
2020 November 12
2020 November 5
2020 October 29
2020 October 23
2020 October 15
2020 October 8
2020 October 1
2020 September 25
2020 September 18
2020 September 11