Opening Statement



Monday, 12 September 2011

A Visitors Guide To My Blogspot Site!

Greetings to my many readers from outside Canada, most notably the Ukraine as of late! Also everyone from the US, Saudi Arabia, South America, the Caribbean, the UK, Russia, Europe, South East Asia, Afghanistan, and Iran. On and on the list goes! Wherever you are, I'm glad you are coming to my blogspot, and am truly honoured. I'd like to let you know what's here and how my site works. This then is my non-OECTA-TSU teacher union member guide to my blogspot.

I am the 3rd Vice President of our Catholic teachers union here in Toronto, OECTA-TSU [Ontario English Catholic Teachers  Association Toronto Secondary Unit]. TSU is the local unit of our province wide OECTA organization, representing about 2200 secondary school teachers. We are responsible for collective bargaining , monitoring it's implementation, and assisting our members with their work related problems. We also take an active lead in working with our school board administration on JSS [Joint Safe Schools], JHS [Joint Health and Safety] and Joint PD [Joint Professional Development.] We are very active politically at the provincial level through our OECTA Government Relations department as an "educational advocacy group" for our students, schools and profession, with the Ontario Ministry of Education and our three main Ontario provincial political parties; the Liberals, the Conservatives and the NDP [New Democratic Party]. Full info about our unit can be found at http://www.tsuoecta.org/

This blogsite is my personal way of communicating teacher and union news and views to the members who elected me. The views are my own. However, this is not all I do at this site.

This blogspot also includes a lot of my own personal writings on my travel, political and other interests, including music and diving etc. etc. I will pretty much share anything of interest that comes across my scanner if I think it is appropriate or worth discussing. Since you don't live here you might also be interested in my many posts on life in Toronto, and other related pieces, from my Toronto Ontario, Canadian perspective. For what it's worth I am locally born and bred here in Toronto. I think that is much reflected too!

This then is how you might access the different features on my site:

Slideshow: Top left corner. Contains my latest photographs, usually related to my posts or school and union life here in Toronto. It also features photos from my travels and many various non-school activities.

Side Columns: Photos and info on my travels and other activities, right now snorkeling on the left, the Cuban Schools Project on the right, and my Mexico trip to the Mayan ruins in the centre below the blogs.

Bottom: There is a large number of flash games, and other novelties, myYoutube bar with different themes and quite a bit of just for fun stuff. Also one big intriguing photo at the very end few seem to see.

The Directory/ Archive: This is below my blogposts in the centre column. You can check out my postings by the month. As a rule of thumb, school and union related postings will be archived throughout our school year months of September to June. July and August are my holiday postings on everything else. Of course this can vary but use that as a rule of thumb, especially if you are interested in OECTA TSU.

The Centre Posts of course are my most current blogs. I usually post every 3 or 4 days, sometimes more, rarely less. Some may be just work related, which you might find interesting if you are a teacher. Others are a lot more wider in scope and will deal with various issues school or otherwise related. These are more like my own think pieces on an important topic.

Below each post is a Comment Bar. Please use this to provide your own constructive thoughts and comments. I'd also like to know which articles, topics and features etc. interest you so I can provide more of these if I can. Please also contact me by email at davechiarelli@gmail.com

Welcome to my blogspot! Please pass this link on if you know others who would be interested. And keep tuned, it should be a very interesting school year ahead!

PS: Hope to hear from you soon. Would love to know where you are from etc. etc. etc.

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