Clarification

Just a quick clarification in the February Newsletter. When reminding everyone of the discount at the fitness centers, I forgot two key words. The discount is at any City of Winnipeg fitness center and not just any Winnipeg fitness center. My apologies for any confusion this may have caused.

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February Newsletter

The February newsletter is now available under the newsletter drop down. In this months newsletter you will find a few changes to the executive duties, two more committee bios and information regarding Respect in the Workplace. Enjoy. Remember, if you have any recommendations for items that should be discussed in the newsletter, please send me an email at mante@mante.ca

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Pension

I would like to thank the Pension committee for organizing the pension presentation yesterday. For those of you who could not attend in person, the committee has provided the Association with a copy of the slide show presentation. This can be viewed here and is also available on the division website through the pension link. http://mante.ca/wp/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/STJA-SDIV-M-January-2024-SEMINAR-Member-Presentation.pdf

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January Newsletter

Happy to report that the January newsletter is now available. In this months edition you will find some common concerns within our buildings as well as two more executive member bios. Enjoy.

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Happy Holidays

On behalf of all the MANTE executive, I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful winter break. May the joy of the season fill your heart with love. Enjoy this time, create and cherish the new memories and welcome in a new year full of endless possibilities.

2023 has not been an easy year. This Christmas may look and feel different and we might find ourselves struggling to find the joy of the season. A reminder during these times that you are not alone. Although the MANTE office will be closed over the break, if you need anything, if you need someone to talk to, please reach out. I will be available through email, jennifer.monaster@sjasd.ca and will be back in the office on January 8th.

Happy Holidays to all. May you be safe in your celebrations and see you all in 2024!!!!

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Division News

Check out the division news area of the portal to see some added shows to the Canada Life Centre discount tickets. Also included on that page is the instructions on how to activate the discounts.

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Remembrance Day

I have had a few questions regarding Remembrance Day. This year Remembrance Day falls on a Saturday. Our Collective Agreement does address this scenario in section 10.02 Remembrance Day shall be a paid holiday except where it falls on a Saturday or Sunday. We do not get a day off in lieu of Remembrance Day.

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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30th, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a federally declared statutory holiday to recognize the tragic loss and the lasting effects of Canada’s history and the residential school system. Our collective agreement recognizes all federally declared holidays. At this time, the Provincial government has not declared it a holiday and therefore the schools were not closed in lieu of this day. The Association and the Division have written a Letter of Understanding for the 2023/2024 school year. We have agreed that all 10-month MANTE members will take a day off in lieu on any designated in-service day. What that means is  you need to pick one of the in-service days you had planned on working and now take that day off with pay. For 10 month employees who work all in-service days, you will now select one of those days and take it off with pay.  For the 12 month employees, please select any work day during the winter or spring breaks, in consultation with your administrator/supervisor. This day in lieu cannot be carried over to the next school year. Please pick your day and enter it into Atrieve using the code S30. Employees will be paid for this day as if it were a regular workday.

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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

President

https://www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/proclamation/docs/proclamation_school_support_staff_recognition.pdf

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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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