The 2019 conference was held June 9 – 12 in Fredericton, New Brunswick at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The conference was hosted by L’Association des enseignantes et des enseignants francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick (AEFNB), the New Brunswick Teachers’ Association (NBTA), and the New Brunswick Teachers’ Federation (NBTF). Conference chairs were Sylvain Lavoie (AEFNB), Blake Robichaud (NBTA) and Geneviève Mélançon (NBTF).
In all, 14 staff members from 11 associations and unions attended the conference. These included Alberta Teachers’ Association, L’Association des enseignantes et des enseignants francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick,
Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, New Brunswick Teachers’ Association, New Brunswick Teachers’ Federation,
Northwest Territories Teachers’ Association, Nova Scotia Teachers’ Union, Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation, Ontario Teachers’ Federation, Prince Edward Island Teachers’ Federation, Quebec Provincial Association of Teachers, and the Yukon Teachers’ Association.
Roundtable – Organizational tour on challenges and best practices: Member organizations provided updates on best and promising communications practices within their respective organizations.
Journalist Panel: Morganne Campbell, Digital Broadcast Journalist with Global News and Daily Gleaner Editor Andrew Waugh provided insights into the best and worst practices they have encountered covering the “education beat” in New Brunswick.
Teacher wellness: Michael LeBlanc, counselling therapist/coordinator for the New Brunswick Teachers’ Counselling Service provided insights/research on and practical tips for teacher self-care, recovering from burnout, and work-life fit, among other topics germane to wellbeing and wellness.
Teacher organizations – The historical and current context of education in New Brunswick: George Daley, NBTA President/NBTF Co-President, and Lucie Martin, AEFNB President/NBTF Co-President clarified the relationship between and among the three teacher organizations in New Brunswick and shared insights into successes with member engagement and outreach as well as government relations, among other matters connected to teacher unions.
Panel – Communications in environments related to education: Four guests (Hugues Beaulieu, ED, Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages; Christine Griffin, Regroupement féministe du Nouveau-Brunswick; Hélène de Varennes, writer and policy researcher; Charles MacDougall, Project Coordinator, River of Pride) compare and contrast their experiences and communications strategies that have helped them advocate for issues connected to official languages, LGBTQ+ people, First Nations people and women.
Sylvain Lavoie (AEFNB), Blake Robichaud (NBTA) and Geneviève Mélançon (NBTF)