Health

From the Editor

Izida Zorde
With the fall issue of Voice, we consider what a just and equitable recovery from COVID-19 looks like.

Well-being: Don’t Forget About Your Own

Nancy Baldree

As we approach the winter break, my mind turns to the ebb and flow of school life. Many of us are running on fumes to get through the December push of school obligations and expectations, holiday celebration events, and managing the excited anticipation of our students as we wind down the calendar year.

Recovering and Rebuilding

Laura and Jonathan Temporal

Jonathan and Laura Temporal write that the pandemic has highlighted just how important public services such as education, healthcare, transportation and community support programs are.

Taking Care of Ourselves

Elizabeth Mitchell

Elizabeth Mitchell writes about the importance of prioritizing the mental and physical health of ETFO members and acknowledges the deep impacts the COVID-19 pandemic has had and continues to have on educators.

Mental Health and Well-Being

Twyla Jackson

Twyla Jackson writes about coping with child and youth mental health challenges in our classrooms and her group work on a resource that partnered ETFO with School Mental Health Assist.

Teachers Talk About Walkerton

Martha Barrett and Kerry Withrow

Kerry Withrow was dismissing his grade 8 class, little knowing it might be years before things would ever be the same again. The town’s 5,000 men, women and children, many of whom had moved there to escape the pollution and stress of urban life, were about to face an enemy that had apparently been lurking in their neighbourhood for years - E. coli.