Opening Statement



Wednesday, 23 May 2012

And The Winners Are...

Here are the election results. You can verify them with the emails from your staff reps or the TSU main office. More reporting to follow when I get the chance. Stay tuned. Here they are:

President:
Rene Jansen. 532 @@
Ian Hedley. 218

1st VP:
Dave Szollosy 399 @@
Frank Bruno 346

2nd VP:
Gillian Vivona 505 @@
Ottavio Ariganello. 232

Recording Secretary:
Melissa Ammendolia 406 @@
Ewa lipinski 328

Councillors (3)
Bianka Hudec. 455 @@
Peter McKay 435. @@
Steve Watson 402 @@
Luigi Martelli 272
Michael Nicolaidis 226

Total Voters: 751
Total Membership: 2200 (approx.)

Congratulations everyone for a good election!

Commentary: This has been the least acrimonious election in recent memory. Hopefully we have moved beyond all the toxic political infighting of years past to focus on serving our membership best!

Voter turnout has also been the lowest in some years. My experience was that the younger teachers liked phone voting, while the senior teachers didn't. That's a generalization of course. The value and impact of telephone voting will require much further post election discussion in the days and months ahead. We've gone from paper ballots at the UAGM to paper ballots at school. Telephone voting was then approved by the membership. The first two methods certainly had problems too. See my blogs from May 2011 in my Archives below the main column. Computer voting has also been approved should the unit want to try that out, or add it as an option. Or were paper ballots best? At UAGM? At school? Where do we go, if anywhere, from here? Sounds like a lively debate!

My blog readership was about average, down from the volleyball coverage and Windsor AGM, but comparable to the rest of the last year since May 2011. It remains controversial. Either you love it or you don't. It seems to have helped my political prospects, possibly because you recognize my name, face and know my views on just about everything at TSU. What you see is what you get, the good stuff anyway! ;-)

I will have p.o.'d some folk for recommending this person or other but not so and so and so on. 5 of my picks for 1st choice fellow executive members got elected. 2 didn't. That's okay by me, and I hope it shows my blogspot views have integrity. I developed my criteria during the election, reviewed a few big issues, and tried my best to report fairly on all the candidates' vision statement and election speeches. The idea was to give you the reader an overview. You vote. You choose. You decide. You speak for the teachers because you are the teacher membership we serve in office. I hope my blogs at least helped in some small part whichever way you ultimately voted. I did not give preference to this side or that except within the terms of the criteria I set. I am hoping more of you appreciate the lack of bias then are upset. I'm trusting my readers don't come here for any b.s.

My sincerest congratulations go to everyone who ran and I will look forward to working together with you in service of our membership next year.

Ta!

1 comment:

Bill Doyle said...

Bouquets to all candidates for placing your names forward. Without this willingness, there would be no elections.
Congratulations to the winng candidates _ re-elected, continue to serve all members; elected, your task to serve all members begins.
Bricks to the members who did not participate in the election!

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