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E a s t e r n   U p d a t e - September 6, 2005

Welcome Back
The first day of school for the 2005-06 school year is now part of our history. In speaking to many of you today we are once again impressed by your enthusiasm and obvious love of the profession you have chosen.

Unit Office Contacts
Thank you for your support in my tenure as Unit Vice President and your vote of confidence in electing me as President for the next two years. I am grateful to all of you, particularly the staff representatives, for being such strong advocates of the local Unit, your school communities and Catholic Education.
We welcome our new Unit Vice President, Barb Dobrowolski, to the Unit Office. Barb is returning to the role from Mother Teresa Catholic School in Russell, bringing much experience from teaching and her time as Unit Officer in the former Prescott Russell Board and Eastern Unit.
It is good to have Sandy Thornton, our Unit secretary, back with us once again for the new year. Sandy is always ready to assist with queries from our members.
Welcome back to Steve Kirby, our Occasional Teacher President. Watch for information on the OT General Meeting later this month.
The office phone numbers are 258-0841, 1-888-250-3799, and fax 1-613-258-0842.
To reach Sandy, use extension 21, 22 for Barb, 23 for myself (Ann), and 24 for Steve.
The Unit website is easternoecta.ca.

Contract News
Every teacher is entitled to 40 minutes consecutive, uninterrupted lunch.

Please refer to the August 31, 2005 Eastern Update for other contract news regarding working conditions and the Teacher PD Fund ($512) that is available for all teachers, active and on leave, who were employed by the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario as of June 30, 2005.

Staff Representatives
We are seeking staff reps for each of our schools and Board Offices. It is through the efforts of these individuals that the vital communication links with you, our members, is possible. In schools with over 30 teachers, two staff reps working together helps in gathering and disseminating information. Please forward the name(s) of your staff rep, with school/ site name, to the Unit Office.

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