Community Involvement

Tampon Tuesday


OECTA Simcoe Muskoka takes part in Tampon Tuesday on June 4 to support Youth Haven and local Women’s and Children’s Shelter.

Hike for Hospice


On Sunday May 5th our local OECTA unit participated in the Hike for Hospice at Sunnidale Park. Our team raised $1585.00. Over 700 walkers participated and more than $110,000 was raised. All donations will ensure that our local hospice palliative care programs are able to continue on providing quality programs and services to those in our community. Thank you to everyone who made a donation and for supporting such a worthwhile cause. OECTA will continue to support this event every May.

Pink Slip Protest


On Friday, April 26, 2019 OECTA, ETFO, OSSTF, and CUPE gathered together for the Pink Slip Protest at MPP Andrea Khanjin’s office. 26.5 Elementary and 11 Secondary teachers were declared redundant in SMCDSB, and together we stood in Solidarity to show CUTS HURT KIDS. However, Andrea Khanjin conveniently wasn’t in her office.

Rally for Education


Over 30, 000 teachers, parents, and students attended the Rally for Education on Saturday, April 6, 2019. All education affiliates attended: OECTA, ETFO, OSSTF, AEFO, CUPE, OFL (Ontario Federation of Labour), and CTF (Canadian Teachers Federation). Together we voiced our displeasure with the Cuts to Education proposed by the Conservative Government and hundreds of buses surrounded Queen’s Park as a display of solidarity.

Save GM


OECTA Local president shows support for the GM workers who are slated to lose their jobs.

Tour for Humanity Bus


The Tour For Humanity (T4H) bus is a jointly sponsored venture between Simcoe Muskoka OECTA Human Rights Committee and the SMCDSB. Together we have fully funded a number of elementary and secondary schools to have the bus come to their school and teach students about Human Rights in a Canadian context. The bus has been retrofitted to accommodate a full class of students who receive an interactive, multi-media lesson about a variety of themes. Students learn a variety of age appropriate topics such as: Residential schools, the holocaust, bullying, WWI, WWII, etc. This mobile classroom was designed to inspire and empower people to raise their voices and take action against hate and intolerance.

Picket Line Support


OECTA Simcoe-Muskoka members joined the picket line in support of members from CUPE 2073 in Barrie as they fight for a fair contract.

Community Action


OECTA Simcoe Muskoka is committed to being active within our community.