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Celebrating educational support staff

Support Staff Appreciation Day is marked as part of Education Week
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Today, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation in District 2 Algoma joins with others across Ontario to celebrate the contribution of educational support staff workers to the education of Algoma District School Board students as part of Education Week.

OSSTF founded the first Education Week in Ontario 88 years ago to celebrate the excellence of public education. It is natural, that as part of that week, we acknowledge the contribution of educational support staff.

Members working in different roles throughout the community all contribute to complete an education team to educate students today and provide them with the skills, resources and supports they need to be successful.

It is the hard work of these education teams in and out of schools that ensures a safe, clean, welcoming environment for learning. Secretaries, technicians, plant support personnel, to name a few, all contribute to the well-being of our students.

Educational Assistants, Noon Hour Assistants and other members of the team provide the necessary support for our special needs students.

It is fitting that we recognize that the whole school or university is a classroom and that it takes the efforts of many individuals to ensure that students’ needs are met within our educational system.

We ask that all Ontarians, especially students and parents, help us celebrate Support Staff Appreciation Day by expressing their gratitude to educational support staff for the roles they play in inspiring confidence in our students and helping them build their futures.

OSSTF/FEESO, founded in 1919, has 60,000 members across Ontario. They include public high school teachers, occasional teachers, educational assistants, continuing education teachers and instructors, psychologists, secretaries, speech-language pathologists, social workers, plant support personnel, early childhood educators, and many others in education.