Provincial Executive

The Provincial Executive is an Executive of the Council, to be composed of the President, the immediate Past-President (one year position only), the First Vice-President, 21 members elected on a regional basis at the local level, including one member elected by all the members of the CSANE Local, and two members elected by all the members of the Community College Local. A majority of the members of the Executive shall constitute a quorum.

2012-2013 Members of the Provincial Executive

Seated: Allister Wadden (second vice-president, Annapolis-Hants West-Kings), Shelley Morse, (president), Marlene Boyd (first vice-president), John Helle (secretary-treasurer, Cape Breton Industrial).

Standing: Pat Hillier (Cumberland), Jacinta Gracie (Northside-Victoria), Ian Comeau (CSANE), Sheila Hawley (Inverness-Richmond), Kim Frank (Annapolis-Hants West-Kings), Kathy Kerr (Halifax County), Bill Bruhm (Lunenburg County), Sally Capstick (Cape Breton Industrial), Mark Savoury (Dartmouth), Gerry Alley (Colchester-East Hants), Shawn Hanifen (Halifax City), Tammy Landry (Antigonish-Guysborough), John MacKay (Shelburne-Queens), Angela Gillis (Halifax City), Wallace Fiander (Digby-Yarmouth), Louis Robitaille (Community College), Paul Boudreau (Halifax County), John Driscoll (Community College), Cynthia MacKinnon (Pictou).


NSTU Constitution
Article IV — The Provincial Executive

1.       Definition

There shall be an Executive of the Council, to be composed of the President, the immediate Past-President (one year position only), the First Vice-President, twenty-one members elected on a regional basis at the local level, including one member elected by all the members of the CSANE Local, and two members elected by all the members of the Community College Local. A majority of the members of the Executive shall constitute a quorum.

2.       Governance

(a)  A member of the Provincial Executive shall not concurrently hold office at the Local or Regional level.

(b)  A member of the Provincial Executive shall be an active member of the NSTU.

(c)  When the office of First Vice-President becomes vacant in the event of removal, resignation, illness, death or other inability to act, the position shall be filled by the Provincial Executive from among its members by majority vote, subject to ratification at the next Council.

(d)  The office of any member of the Executive who absents himself/herself from two consecutive meetings of the Executive without reasons satisfactory to the Executive, shall be declared vacant by the Executive.

(e)  Any member of the Executive may resign his/her office by notice in writing to the President of the NSTU.

(f)   A vacancy in the office of Second Vice-President or Secretary-Treasurer shall be filled by majority vote of the Provincial Executive.

(g)  A Provincial Executive member who becomes ill and is unable to attend regular meetings of the Provincial Executive shall be represented immediately by an alternate selected by the Local(s) involved, and the alternate member shall have all rights and privileges of the duly elected Provincial Executive member during the time of incapacity.

3.       Duties

The Executive functions in the name of the Council between sessions. It shall perform its duties in a manner that is consistent with the will of the Council as expressed through resolutions passed by the Council. In addition, the Executive shall carry out duties imposed specifically by the Teaching Profession Act and:

(a)  appoint and dismiss an Executive Director and such other paid employees of the Union as it may deem necessary and determine their duties, remuneration and terms of employment, including bonding;

(b)  provide suitable offices and equipment for carrying on the work of the NSTU;

(c)  direct and supervise the business, property and affairs of the NSTU between Council meetings, and all decisions that are deemed policy by the Executive shall be forwarded to the upcoming Council as resolutions;

d)   determine the place and date and make arrangements for workshops and special Council meetings;

(e)  issue a post-Council press release;

(f)   provide assistance with organizing Locals and Regional Representative Councils and Professional Associations;

(g)  shall ratify constitutions of Locals, Regional Representative Councils and Professional Associations by following regulations outlined in the NSTU Guidebook;

(h)  determine the boundaries of the Locals;

(i)   publish a magazine or other official publications;

(j)   cause the books and accounts of the Council to be audited annually by a chartered accountant and cause the report of the auditor to be submitted to Council;

(k)   have the power to convene an emergency meeting of a Local or a meeting of the NSTU members in a given area; and

(l)   is empowered to exercise on behalf of the Union, as the Executive deems advisable from time to time, the powers of the Union under the Teachers’ Pension Actand report thereon to the Council at the next following meeting of the Council.

4.       Meetings

There shall be at least six regular meetings of the Executive each year, the first of which shall be held within sixty days of the election of the Executive.

5.       Term Of Office

(a)   Effective as of Annual Council 2012, the term of office for Provincial Executive members elected on a regional basis shall be two (2) years beginning immediately upon the conclusion of the Annual Meeting of the Council.

(b)   The term of office for all members of the Executive whose term of office expires in 2012 or 2013 shall conclude at the end of Annual Council 2012 or Annual Council 2013 respectively.

6.       Regional Representation

(a)  The members of the Executive who are elected on a regional basis at the Local level (referred to as “regional members”) shall serve for a two year term with one-half of such members (or as close to one-half as is possible) to be elected each year as described from time to time in the Standing Orders.

(b)  No regional members shall serve for more than two consecutive terms. A regional member may be re-elected following a term in which he/she is absent from the Executive.

(c)  The regional members shall be elected before the Annual Meeting of the Council by election at the Local level as described from time to time in the Standing Orders.

(d)  Service by a Provincial Executive member as a result of a by-election shall not be applied to the term of office when that same member is elected through a regular election.

7.       Provincial Executive Committees

The Executive at its first regular meeting shall appoint such committees of the NSTU as it from time to time is authorized to do by the Council and such other special committees as it may find useful or necessary. All such committees shall report to the Executive.

8.       Provincial Executive Procedures

The Executive shall from time to time determine its own procedure as to notice of meetings, quorum, maintenance of minutes and other matters relating to its internal operations.

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Provincial Executive

The Provincial Executive is an Executive of the Council, to be composed of the President, the immediate Past-President (one year position only), the First Vice-President, 21 members elected on a regional basis at the local level, including one member elected by all the members of the CSANE Local, and two members elected by all the members of the Community College Local. A majority of the members of the Executive shall constitute a quorum.

2012-2013 Members of the Provincial Executive

Seated: Allister Wadden (second vice-president, Annapolis-Hants West-Kings), Shelley Morse, (president), Marlene Boyd (first vice-president), John Helle (secretary-treasurer, Cape Breton Industrial).

Standing: Pat Hillier (Cumberland), Jacinta Gracie (Northside-Victoria), Ian Comeau (CSANE), Sheila Hawley (Inverness-Richmond), Kim Frank (Annapolis-Hants West-Kings), Kathy Kerr (Halifax County), Bill Bruhm (Lunenburg County), Sally Capstick (Cape Breton Industrial), Mark Savoury (Dartmouth), Gerry Alley (Colchester-East Hants), Shawn Hanifen (Halifax City), Tammy Landry (Antigonish-Guysborough), John MacKay (Shelburne-Queens), Angela Gillis (Halifax City), Wallace Fiander (Digby-Yarmouth), Louis Robitaille (Community College), Paul Boudreau (Halifax County), John Driscoll (Community College), Cynthia MacKinnon (Pictou).


NSTU Constitution
Article IV — The Provincial Executive

1.       Definition

There shall be an Executive of the Council, to be composed of the President, the immediate Past-President (one year position only), the First Vice-President, twenty-one members elected on a regional basis at the local level, including one member elected by all the members of the CSANE Local, and two members elected by all the members of the Community College Local. A majority of the members of the Executive shall constitute a quorum.

2.       Governance

(a)  A member of the Provincial Executive shall not concurrently hold office at the Local or Regional level.

(b)  A member of the Provincial Executive shall be an active member of the NSTU.

(c)  When the office of First Vice-President becomes vacant in the event of removal, resignation, illness, death or other inability to act, the position shall be filled by the Provincial Executive from among its members by majority vote, subject to ratification at the next Council.

(d)  The office of any member of the Executive who absents himself/herself from two consecutive meetings of the Executive without reasons satisfactory to the Executive, shall be declared vacant by the Executive.

(e)  Any member of the Executive may resign his/her office by notice in writing to the President of the NSTU.

(f)   A vacancy in the office of Second Vice-President or Secretary-Treasurer shall be filled by majority vote of the Provincial Executive.

(g)  A Provincial Executive member who becomes ill and is unable to attend regular meetings of the Provincial Executive shall be represented immediately by an alternate selected by the Local(s) involved, and the alternate member shall have all rights and privileges of the duly elected Provincial Executive member during the time of incapacity.

3.       Duties

The Executive functions in the name of the Council between sessions. It shall perform its duties in a manner that is consistent with the will of the Council as expressed through resolutions passed by the Council. In addition, the Executive shall carry out duties imposed specifically by the Teaching Profession Act and:

(a)  appoint and dismiss an Executive Director and such other paid employees of the Union as it may deem necessary and determine their duties, remuneration and terms of employment, including bonding;

(b)  provide suitable offices and equipment for carrying on the work of the NSTU;

(c)  direct and supervise the business, property and affairs of the NSTU between Council meetings, and all decisions that are deemed policy by the Executive shall be forwarded to the upcoming Council as resolutions;

d)   determine the place and date and make arrangements for workshops and special Council meetings;

(e)  issue a post-Council press release;

(f)   provide assistance with organizing Locals and Regional Representative Councils and Professional Associations;

(g)  shall ratify constitutions of Locals, Regional Representative Councils and Professional Associations by following regulations outlined in the NSTU Guidebook;

(h)  determine the boundaries of the Locals;

(i)   publish a magazine or other official publications;

(j)   cause the books and accounts of the Council to be audited annually by a chartered accountant and cause the report of the auditor to be submitted to Council;

(k)   have the power to convene an emergency meeting of a Local or a meeting of the NSTU members in a given area; and

(l)   is empowered to exercise on behalf of the Union, as the Executive deems advisable from time to time, the powers of the Union under the Teachers’ Pension Actand report thereon to the Council at the next following meeting of the Council.

4.       Meetings

There shall be at least six regular meetings of the Executive each year, the first of which shall be held within sixty days of the election of the Executive.

5.       Term Of Office

(a)   Effective as of Annual Council 2012, the term of office for Provincial Executive members elected on a regional basis shall be two (2) years beginning immediately upon the conclusion of the Annual Meeting of the Council.

(b)   The term of office for all members of the Executive whose term of office expires in 2012 or 2013 shall conclude at the end of Annual Council 2012 or Annual Council 2013 respectively.

6.       Regional Representation

(a)  The members of the Executive who are elected on a regional basis at the Local level (referred to as “regional members”) shall serve for a two year term with one-half of such members (or as close to one-half as is possible) to be elected each year as described from time to time in the Standing Orders.

(b)  No regional members shall serve for more than two consecutive terms. A regional member may be re-elected following a term in which he/she is absent from the Executive.

(c)  The regional members shall be elected before the Annual Meeting of the Council by election at the Local level as described from time to time in the Standing Orders.

(d)  Service by a Provincial Executive member as a result of a by-election shall not be applied to the term of office when that same member is elected through a regular election.

7.       Provincial Executive Committees

The Executive at its first regular meeting shall appoint such committees of the NSTU as it from time to time is authorized to do by the Council and such other special committees as it may find useful or necessary. All such committees shall report to the Executive.

8.       Provincial Executive Procedures

The Executive shall from time to time determine its own procedure as to notice of meetings, quorum, maintenance of minutes and other matters relating to its internal operations.


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