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

VESTA Weekly 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 February18th, 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

VESTA Weekly 2020-2021

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:
VESTA calls for Health & Safety improvements, Feedback on Nov 27 session, FSA campaign, New Education Minister, Failures to Fill, Assessment & Reporting

2020 December 3:
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