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OTs need to attend to vote

Further to the communication received yesterday in Collective Bargaining Bulletin #5, our member information meeting will be held on Monday, October 7th at the Cobden Agricultural Hall starting at 5:30 pm to conduct a Strike Vote on Central Bargaining Issues (dealt with at the provincial level). This meeting is for all four ETFO Locals in Renfrew County (Teachers, Occasional Teachers, Education Support Personnel and Professional Support Professional). A light supper will be provided.  


In our Occasional Teacher Local General Meeting on October 23rd we will discuss only our OT Local Bargaining issues.


OT members are asked to attend both meetings and give RSVPs for both . More information will follow posted on the ETFO staff room bulletin boards in schools next week. 

Fall General Meeting RSVP

The Renfrew Occasional Teachers Local invites all members to our Fall General Meeting on October 23rd being held upstairs at the Cobden Legion. Dinner at 5:00, meeting immediately after.


All members in attendance will be provided with dinner, drinks and dessert (please send any dietary restrictions with RSVP) and may choose a Professional Learning resource as a gift (max value $50).


RSVP deadline is October 18, 4pm for meal, seating and print materials. Email president@renfrewotl.ca

SmartFind System


Call-out times are in evenings from Sunday to Thursday from 5:45pm until 9:45pm, and in the mornings from Monday to Friday starting at 6:15am until the job start time (So the System will attempt to fill 1/2 day PM jobs throughout the morning).


Adjusting the daily times you wish to receive calls is done through adjusting within the dropdown tab Schedule -> General -> New -> The system will NOT call (and then set a day(s) and timeframe). This is only useful for weekly recurring commitments which prevent you from answering a SmartFind call. This can be adjusted or deleted as your commitments change. Otherwise use the Do Not Call function online or through the phone.


Priority school letters will be mailed out this week. Most eligible members received their first choice. If you wish to receive more calls consider adding more schools to your profile by contacting harringtonl@rcdsb.on.ca Some larger schools still have space on their priority lists.

Your New Executive

Hello everybody!
After our AGM on April 25th in Cobden, we are pleased to introduce your new executive for the next two years.



Jamieson Dyer, President – Jamieson has previous experience on the Kawartha Pine Ridge OT Local around Peterborough, and experience working as an OT for two other school boards in Ontario. He has also completed Union School, Parliamentarian Training, Leadership Conferences and represented his local at provincial AGMs, POTs and Rep Councils, and participated in collective bargaining.
Kris Barrie, Vice President – Kris has been involved with the executive in various positions for several years now, including previously holding the position of president.
Michelle Jaques, Treasurer – Michelle took over as secretary early in 2018 before being elected to the role of treasurer, and will be continuing in the role of interim secretary.
Jordanna Forrest, Member-at-Large – Jordanna has been involved as member-at-large for the past few years, attending POTS meetings and assisting with audits. And now acts as our Social Justice and Equity Chair.

Elaine Neigel, Secretary/H&S Rep – Elaine joins us as with previous experience from the Renfrew County teacher local executive. There Elaine was involved with Professional Learning/Development and Health & Safety Committees and currently is chair of our H&S Committee.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact any executive member. Contact info can be found under the About Us tab, or contact info for Jamieson located in the yellow box on the homepage.

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