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D18 Teachers Mark World Teacher Day with a Donation to Mental Health Supports for Students

ELORA- October 5th is World Teacher’s Day, but instead of apples and candy bars the District 18 Teacher’s Bargaining Unit of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation is showing their appreciation for their members by donating to a cause near and dear to their member’s hearts: their students.

The District 18 (Upper Grand District School Board) Teacher’s Bargaining Unit has donated $500 to local chapters of the Canadian Mental Health Association in support of the many youth mental health programs they offer such as Beautiful Minds, Youth Net, Youth Talk, and the HERE24/7 Crisis line.

“Our young people have been asked to take on extraordinary responsibilities during the COVID-19 global health crisis,” said Erin Doupe, OSSTF World Teacher Day Organizer. “From increased responsibilities at home to major shifts in the structure and organization of their schooling and, in some cases, increased workload as essential workers, a lot of additional stress has been put on young people.”

Secondary teachers in Upper Grand appreciate how difficult the pandemic has been on their students and wanted to mark the occasion of World Teacher Day by highlighting and supporting mental health programs available through the Waterloo-Wellington and Peel-Dufferin Canadian Mental Health Associations at such a high need time.

OSSTF Teacher Bargaining Unit President Paul Rawlinson noted that, “Even with the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic and the tremendous focus on the health and safety of their students and schools, the almost 800 members of the Teacher’s Bargaining Unit here in Upper Grand have remained dedicated to the educational needs of their students day in and day out. On World Teacher Day, October 5th, it is only fitting to say a simple but profound thank you for their efforts and commitment to students and public education in


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