School Support Staff Recognition

The week of September 25th to the 29th has been proclaimed by the Province of Manitoba as School Support Staff Recognition Week. I wish I could thank every single one of you for the work that you do with a big present, but unfortunately, I did not win the Lotto 649.

I do want to send out my sincere gratitude for all the work that is done by you every day to ensure that the students in this division are supported. The schools would not be the same without you. Remember your value, remember your worth. The work that you are doing in this division matters and is appreciated by this Association.

And don’t forget, advanced voting is now open. Every vote counts. Get out and vote!

Jennifer Monaster


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Welcome Back

Welcome back everyone. I hope this message finds you all in good health and high spirits. As we step into a new school year, we’re not only gearing up for a fresh start but also embracing the wonderful energy that a new school year brings.

This year will bring its fair share of challenges, but let’s remember that challenges are what mold us into stronger, more resilient individuals and teams. Support staff play a crucial role in shaping the future of our students, and your dedication is truly commendable.

MANTE is here for you. We are here to support, advocate for your rights, working conditions and fair treatment. As we navigate the upcoming school year, rest assured that the association is here to provide guidance, assistance, and a unified voice.

Thank you for your continued dedication to our students and the field of education. I am honored to represent such a dedicated and passionate group of individuals.

If you need anything, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Warmest regards,

Jennifer Monaster

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Message from the President

Welcome back to our school office personnel and library techs. I hope everyone had time to rest and recharge their batteries. Time to kick off another school year. I know this time of year can be terribly busy. So many things that need to get done for the schools to open smoothly. I want to remind everyone that there are only so many hours in a day. I understand how hard we all work and how much pride we take in our positions. However, please do not feel like you must work through breaks, work through lunch, or stay late to get things done. If you are finding that there is just not enough time in the day, please contact me. I am here to help where I can. For me to be able to advocate for you, I need to know what is going on. Hopefully, everything is going great, but if it is not, my door is open.

Jennifer Monaster


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Monthly Newsletter

Effective immediately, we will be publishing a monthly newsletter to keep our members informed of any upcoming news or updates.

June 2023

September 2023

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PD Committee

The MANTE PD Committee encourages members to attend Professional Development.

The PD fund allows members to access $2500 every three years to attend conferences, on-line courses etc.

Information and application forms are on the MANTE webpage.

This is a list of the PD taken by members in the last year.

We will endeavor to update the list as members attend other PD sessions/conferences.

  1. See Me Beautiful Conference for Educators and Parents of children with Down Syndrome
  2. First Aid/CPR
  3. Responding to Indigenous Specific Racism – Online course
  4. Council for Exceptional Children
  5. Autism Beyond Limits – 0nline
  6. Mindfulness and Compassion Global Summit
  7. The Association for Special Education Technology Conference (Ontario)
  8. Anti-Racism Award of Achievement Program – Online
  9. Introductory French
  10. 10.Relate Programs Favorite Communications Strategies for Supporting Autism

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Absence Codes

Absence Code Clarifications

EAD-Ed. Asst Day: These are the inservice days you do not work . The number of days change year to year.

You should have submitted them to your supervisor by Sept 9 2022.

New employees should select, submit and enter their respective days as soon as possible.

You need to enter them as absences in the Atrieve system as well and should be entered as soon as possible.

 Spd 1: This code is used if you are attending a school initiated PD session where the school  is paying for your sub costs if they are required.  

Spd 2 :This code is used if you are attending a school initiated PD session where no sub is required

Spd 4: This code is used when you are attending a PD session and the MANTE PD fund has paid for the  session.

This is the most frequent absence code MANTE staff would be using when attending PD sessions.


The Feb 3 2023 inservice day is no longer a mandatory EA PD Day.

It is now available to be one of the three days EAs do not have to work.

If you wish to change one of  your selected three days please contact your administrator


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Executive Members

President                          Jennifer Monaster

Vice President                  John Izzard

Treasurer                           Robyn King

Secretary                            Cerys Hooper

Information Officer         Signy McIntyre

Board Office Rep              Rosemary Koltalo

EA Rep                               Jennifer Plesh

EA Rep                               Maggi Sawchuk

EA Rep                               Noah Reimer

Health & Welfare Rep     Maggi Sawchuk

Library Rep                       Jocelyn Oliver

Secretary Rep                   Kerry Fraser

Secretary Rep                  Wanda Prychitko

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Manitoba Association of Non-Teaching Employees


The Manitoba Association of Non-Teaching Employees (MANTE) was certified as the bargaining unit for all clerical employees of the St. James-Assiniboia School Division #2 on November 23, 1977.

We are currently an organization of approximately 550 members. At the school level we represent Educational Assistants, Program Assistants,  Library Technicians, Interpreter Tutors, Secretarial Staff, Computerized Notetakers and Behavior Intervention Specialists. At the Board Office and Maintenance we represent non-management Secretarial Staff including payroll, accounts payable/receivable and reception.

The objects and purposes of the Association are to unite into one organization all non-managerial employees, to act as a bargaining agent for employees, to regulate the relations between employees in an equitable manner and to maintain harmonious relations between the employers and the employees.

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