The Awards Committee shall work to enhance the image of teachers and the Federation within the school community by recognizing the contributions that teachers make to the school system, the community and the Federation. The committee will also promote member awareness of ETFO Provincial scholarships and awards.

The Awards Committee will also recognize schools that support our members by a special “Awards of Recognition” to schools in the North, East and West at our Spring Annual Meeting.

Leslie Davis, Committee Chair

Halton Elementary Public Schools Awards of Recognition

Have you worked as an OT at a school where you immediately felt comfortable?

Were you familiarized with school routines and/or procedures when you first arrived?

Did administrators or others provide you with the OT School Information Package to assist you with your day?

Was information pertaining to OT’s clearly displayed and available?

Did anyone offer assistance if you had any questions or concerns?

Did you feel that your work was valued and respected by the staff?

Would you like to work at this school every day?

These are the kinds of things we would like you to consider when nominating a school for the Award of Recognition.  One school from each area (North, East and West) will receive a framed certificate and treats from Halton Elementary Occasional Teacher Local for the work that they do to make our OT’s feel comfortable, valued, respected  and welcome. Award winning schools will have representatives invited to our Spring Annual Dinner to accept their Award.

School of Recognition Form

Please print and return this Nomination Form to the ETFO-OT Office via board courier, or by mail to 3390 S. Service Rd., Suite 103 , Burlington, Ont., L7N 3J5. Mark the envelope – Attn: Chair of Awards Committee

Leslie Davis, Committee Chair

The Goodwill Committee is responsible for sending special occasion cards and sometimes gifts to members. Please let us know if you are aware of a member celebrating a joyous occasion such as getting married, having a new baby, celebrating a milestone event. Please also advise us if a member is suffering a serious illness or loss. We will endeavour to show our support on your behalf.

Leslie Davis, Committee Chair


The mandate of the Health and Safety Committee is to promote safety in the workplace. As such, we inspect schools in the system and report unsafe conditions to site supervisors and the Board’s Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC).

We both attend JHSC meetings as representatives for the Elementary Occasional Teachers’ Union six times/year and contribute ideas and recommendations for the improvement of health and safety to the committee and to the membership.

We agree to maintain confidentiality of personal information gained through incident reports and investigations.

Nicole D’Angelo

JHSC OT Representatives


For more Health & Safety information, please refer to:


What Should You Do if You are Injured at School?

You need to complete a confidential Employee Incident Report (EIR), even if it is a minor injury or a near miss.  Completion of this report is absolutely vital in all incidents of injury, no matter how small.

Please note that there are two types of EIRs.  The EIR-A form should be used if your injury involves aggression or violence.

The other EIR form is utilized for all other types of injuries, such as slips, trips or falls.

It is important that an EIR is completed in case your injury worsens and a WSIB (Workplace Safety and Insurance Board) claim is needed.    What might appear to be a minor injury could become a bigger one a few days (or even months) later.

You can find the form on myhdsb or get it from the school office staff.  After you complete your portion of the form, there is another part for the school admin to complete and sign.

Make sure to keep a copy of the EIR for yourself.  In addition, please send a copy to Al Bero and Nicole D’Angelo by email or by courier to the HEOT office, as the Board has changed its policy and no longer informs the union of all OT EIRs.  Thank you!



Do you get keys and a swipe card each time you go into a school as an OT?

Believe it or not, this is guaranteed by your Collective Agreement, Board policy and Ministry directive. When you sign in at the school, make sure that you are provided with these keys so that you are prepared for whatever happens.

Just think, if the school is in the middle of a lockdown on a day in which you were there and you had no keys to secure your classroom, you and your students are at risk.

If the school is unable or unwilling to provide you with keys, please phone or email Bette Anne Stevenson so that this situation can be rectified.  Also, please remember that it is your responsibility to return the key and swipe card to the school office at the end of the day—don’t forget!


Standing on Chairs – A Big NO NO!

As an ongoing pursuit to reduce accidents by workers our board is proactive in their steps to protect workers.

Each school has been provided step ladders to be used by staff when they need to work at levels that require minimum height. ALL STAFF ARE ADVISED THAT YOU SHOULD USE A STEP LADDER TO REACH HIGHER PLACES AND THAT YOU ARE NOT TO STAND ON A CHAIR. Standing on a chair will place you at risk of a fall and a possible injury.No member should be working at a height that exceeds 10 feet unless they are properly trained to work at that height.


Keeping That Voice in Top Shape

The following article appeared in the Toronto Star on Friday, December 15, 2006. It is good advice for all those that use their voice and particularly good advice for Occasional Teachers.


  • excessive loud laughing, cheering or screaming/shouting, constant throat clearing and coughing, straining of voice,changes in pitch and loudness
  • speaking in noisy places without proper amplification
  • speaking with an upper respiratory infection, sore throat or when losing your voice-mouth breathing in cold weather highly spiced foods


  • filter out the dust and maintain proper humidity levels in home and work environments. If dry, use a humidifier- stay in smoke and dust-free environments
  • make sure medications do not dry your throat
  • substitute skim milk and ice milk for whole milk and ice cream
  • rest your voice regularly-use sugarless gum and sugarless candy to relax the system and to create saliva
  • drink warm liquids such as herbal teas and water regularly
  • drink water frequently- work on your voice and train it, with guidance from professionals
  • practise breathing and relaxation exercises
  • open your mouth and move your lips and tongue to speak; speaking with your lips closed muffles the sound
  • practise good posture
  • find the maximum resonance in your face and chest to produce your fullest sound. Then soften it to find different tones. Treat your body as your instrument.

Occasional Teachers know how to have fun and stay connected.  You know this if you have ever attended one of our functions.

Gay arranges a variety of social events for our members.

We have already enjoyed some events this school year 2021/22:

– Meet and Greet at Coronation Park with swag bags
– Shawnee Kish performance at Oakville Centre
-Hanes Corn Maze

Upcoming Events:
– November – a virtual cooking class
– December – Festive Meet & Greet
– Movie night at, Bowling, Portrait Drawing, Ukrainian egg decorating, Pub Night, Earth Day hike, Paddling, or a possible Mohawk Racetrack dinner and slot event

Your HEOT social planning committee is open to your special suggestions too!

Please join us this year for fun and networking by attending some of our 2021/22 social events!

Gay Ahmed, Social Chair

The Mandate of Status, Equity and Social Justice:

  • Inform and educate 
  • Think globally
  • Act locally
  • Make our workplaces, unions, and
    communities safe for and inclusive of girls and women.

Upcoming Events in the 2021/2022 school year:

  • December – Adopt a Family from Halton Women’s Shelter 
  • March – International Women’s Day events
  • April – Book Club

Mary Kebalo-Plata, Status Chair

Have a great day, everyone!




Welcome back to another exciting year of PL for Occasional Teachers for 2021/22!

The Professional Learning Chair:

    • Organizes a variety of workshops throughout the year
    • Processes subsidy applications

PL and Resource Subsidies have increased!

  • PL Subsidy (up to $200) for conferences or an AQ course   
  • Educational Resource Subsidy (up to $75) to purchase books, resources from TPT, kits, AQ course books, etc.  
  • Please see our website ( for the forms and detailed information on how to apply.

We have a Dependent Care Subsidy available for all PL events. You will find the form to fill out under “forms” on this website. Details are under Member Resources.

Upcoming PL Workshops (via Zoom)

  • Wed. Nov. 3:  Mental Health and Wellness for All            
  • Tues. Nov. 9:  Math Proficiency Test Help Session 
  • Classroom Management for the OT 
    • Part 1:  Wed. Nov. 17
    • Part 2:  Mon. Dec. 13
  • Inspire and Inquire (inquiry)
    • Part 1:  Mon. Jan. 10
    • Part 2:  Mon. Feb. 7

Also, remember to check the ETFO Provincial website,  for exciting Professional Learning opportunities. ETFO also has a site especially designed for Occasional Teachers ETFO Occasional Teachers – offering advice, instructional tools and curriculum resources. Visit it today!

You can also access HDSB PD through PD Place on Twenty percent of the spots in each Board workshop are available to daily OTs.

We look forward to working with you and meeting  all new Halton OTs!

Nicole D’Angelo,  PL Chair