What is a coalition?
A coalition is a pact or treaty among individuals or groups who come together to cooperate in joint action, joining forces for a common cause. Activist and non-profit groups often call themselves coalitions when they join together. Coalitions can be temporary or long-term depending upon the nature of the work they do. Individuals in coalitions support each other and work toward a common cause, purpose or goal.
Who can become a member?
Any current female employee of the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board belonging to one of the following local associations may join: the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO), the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF), the Ontario Principals' Council (OPC), or the Administrative and Leadership Group(ALG). Male employees belonging to one of the local associations listed above may join too. Any educator in the province of Ontario, currently employed or retired, may also join. Former employees may also join as well as approved For-Profit and Not-for-Profit Corporations with an interest in gender equity.
Is there a membership fee?
No. Membership is free. There are no fees and no commitments beyond a desire to promote the interests of women in KPR and beyond.
Who sits on the leadership team at KPR Women?
Currently a team of committed and dedicated women are leading the group. Even though the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms gives us the right to both form and participate in this group, some of the women on the leadership team prefer to remain anonymous. Therefore, most of the leadership team has elected to remain anonymous but we can tell you our current leader is Debbie L. Kasman. Debbie is currently an international educational consultant and writer. She used to work for the board as a vice-principal, principal, principal assistant to the superintendent - special education, and acting interim superintendent of teaching and learning which comprises curriculum and special education. Debbie also worked as a student achievement officer at the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat at the Ministry of Education in Ontario. As our numbers grow, there will be opportunities for members who are comfortable with public membership to embrace leadership positions. We are hopeful that we'll soon be inviting all interested female members to declare their interest in a leadership position.
What activities are KPR Women currently involved in?
We are currently in phase one of our mission which involves increasing our numbers and generating discussion. We have recently entered into phase two as well which involves a letter writing campaign.
What can I do to help?
There are 3 ways you can help:
- Join the coalition. Click on the Become a Member link at the top of the page to join.
- Like and follow us on Facebook. Be sure your Facebook privacy settings are turned on if you wish to remain anonymous.
- Help spread the word. Let your colleagues know about our coalition and invite them to join. Refer them to our website and to our Facebook page for information. Our website address is www.kprwomen.com and our Facebook address is www.facebook.com/KPRWomen. A link to our Facebook page is below.
Do you have meetings?
We have no plans to have face-to-face meetings at the moment because we recognize this is hard for women who have family and other commitments. Instead, we plan on doing all of our work over the internet using social media, email and our website. There may be opportunities for meetings down the road, perhaps even a conference or two, as our coalition grows but for now we have no formal plans to meet.
I'm a teacher in another board? May I join your coalition?
Yes! You may join as an associate member and you have two options: a private membership or a public one. As an associate member, we are willing to work with you if you are interested in starting your own coalition in your own board. It would be wonderful to see groups like KPR Women cropping up all over the province in education. Join us first so you can get a feel for our work and support our cause, and then we'd be pleased to coach you in getting your own group off the ground.
Now that I've joined, what can I do to benefit the group?
As a member, it's really helpful if you talk to others about our group, share our weekly blog posts with them, and post comments to engage in discussions with others.