2023 PSTA General Assembly

Learning Together: Celebrating the Diversity of Prairie Spirit.

8:30-9:00 (optional) coffee, tea, snacks and smudge
9:00-9:30 Welcome

  • Introductions
  • Land Acknowledgement & Blessing
  • Drumming and Round Dance

9:30-9:40 break/organization to attend sessions
9:40-10:40- Indigenous Ways of Knowing Session
10:40-10:50 Break (beverages and snacks provided)
10:50-11:00 Greetings from our partners

  • PSSD Board Vice Chair, Kate Kading
  • PSSD Director of Education, Tracey Young
  • STF President, Samantha Becotte

11:00-12:00 PSTA Business (closed session PSTA/STF members only)

12:00-12:45 Lunch 
12:45-1:45 PD Session 1
1:45-1:55 Break (water/juice and snacks provided)
1:55-2:55 PD Session 2
3:00-3:15 Individual School Staff Meeting (Reflection & SSL selection)


2023-2024 PSTA Election Results

The PSTA election was held last night at the final Representative Assembly for the 2022-23 year.

Some years we have trouble filling the available positions, so it was great to see members engaged and interested in working on the PSTA executive and committees and there were enough nominees to warrant an election for STF Councillors and LINC. Many executive and committee members are continuing from last year, but there are a couple new people joining or returning.

We also say farewell to a Katherine Blake (STF Councillor), Kathy Spence (STF Councillor), Lindsay Jarema (LINC) and Bruce Mellesmoen (Professional Development). Thank you for your contributions.

PSTA Vice President
Heather Wolfe was acclaimed as PSTA Vice President for 2023-2024.

Eleven PSTA members were nominated for ten available STF Councillor positions.

  1. Amanda Nelson
  2. Amy Korver
  3. Amy Orth
  4. Brett Berry
  5. Diana Jemieff
  6. Dustin Chahley (new)
  7. Jason Brose
  8. Justin Sauer
  9. Marcy Raciot
  10. Mark Perry (returning)

Eight PSTA members were nominated for six available LINC positions.

  1. Amanda Nelson
  2. Amy Orth (new)
  3. Carmen Kingsbury
  4. Carry Pepper-Martens
  5. Heather Wolfe
  6. Jason Brose

Five PSTA members were nominated for five Professional Development Committee positions.

  1. Amanda Nelson
  2. Amy Korver (new)
  3. Lisa Kuchler
  4. Melissa Murray (new)
  5. Mitch Larson

All three positions on the Communications Committee are vacant, so if you are interested in working on the Communications committee send me an email.

2023-2024 PSTA Executive and Committee Election Nominees

The PSTA Executive and standing committee members work to support teachers in Prairie Spirit. Nominations may be made from the floor of the May 16th Representative Assembly.

Nominee Biographies

Open positions and nominees are as follows:
Vice President
The Representative Assembly elects one vice-president to preside over general meetings of the membership and assist the president in carrying out the responsibilities of the office and assumes the role of president in representing and chairing meetings in the event the president is unable to attend.

  1. Heather Wolfe

STF Councillors
There are ten (10) STF Councillor positions available for 2023-2024. STF Councillors sit on the PSTA Executive and represent teachers within the STF. They also attend annual meetings of Council where they learn about educational issues in Saskatchewan, elect the STF Executive, and discuss and debate resolutions to guide the Federation.

  1. Amanda Nelson
  2. Amy Korver
  3. Amy Orth
  4. Brett Berry
  5. Chad WIlliams
  6. Diana Jemieff
  7. Dustin Chahley
  8. Heather Wolfe
  9. Jason Brose
  10. Marcy Raciot
  11. Mark Perry

Local Implementation and Negotiation Committee
There are six (6) LINC positions available for 2023-2024. LINC members implement, monitor, and negotiate our Local Collective Bargaining Agreement.

  1. Amanda Nelson
  2. Amy Orth
  3. Carmen Kingsbury
  4. Cary Pepper-Martens
  5. Chad Williams
  6. Craig Reinhardt
  7. Heather Wolfe
  8. Jason Brose

Professional Development Committee
There are five (5) PD Committee positions available for 2023-2024. The PD committee consults and collaborates with PSSD to help meet the professional learning needs of PSTA members. They also plan the PSTA General Assembly, and work to ensure that all provisions related to professional development/adult learning contained within LINC are implemented.

  1. Amanda Nelson
  2. Amy Korver
  3. Lisa Kuchler

Communications Committee
There are three (3) Communications Committee positions available for 2022-2023. The Communications Committee works to enhance communication within the PSTA, and with our education partners and communities. They also work to promote the PSTA and enhance the image of the teaching profession.

2023 PSTA Student Scholarship Recipients

This year the PSTA received 12 applications for the 2023 PSTA Scholarship. Three scholarships of $1,000 were available to all Prairie Spirit students graduating in 2023 who have enrolled in any post-secondary institution and the Cindy Clarke Memorial Scholarship of $1,000.00 is available to a Prairie Spirit student graduating in 2023, who has enrolled in a post-secondary institution in a Bachelor of Education program. Four of the twelve applicants were eligible for the Cindy Clarke Memorial Scholarship.

The PSTA Student Scholarship Committee chose Bazil Perry of Martensville High School, Ruby-Jean Schmidt of Aberdeen Composite School and Harper Doige of Aberdeen Composite School to each receive a $1000 scholarship to help toward the cost of their post-secondary education.

Lauryn Moyer of Martensville High School is the winner of the Cindy Clarke Memorial Scholarship for a Prairie Spirit graduate entering a Bachelor of Education program.

We wish all of you the best in your future education endeavors!

April 29, 2023 Rally for Public Education

I want to take a moment to thank all the School Staff Liaisons that connected with their staff to express how important it was to participate in the Rally for Public Education on April 29. Your efforts are recognized and greatly appreciated as you are a significant reason we saw more than 200 PSTA members and their family drive 5 hours on a Saturday to #MakeNoise4Ed.

It felt so energizing to be in a crowd of families and teachers gathered to share a unified message that we care and want a properly funded public education system for our kids.

The Rally for Public Education is just the beginning and I believe we are seeing a growing movement of people concerned about cuts to our children’s education.

We need to keep up momentum and there are many ways you can help.

What you can do:

Negotiation Information

Our Provincial Collective Bargaining Agreement (2019-2023) is set to expire on August 31, 2023 so the STF Provincial Bargaining Team has been working hard for months planning and gathering the voice of teachers. There will be many opportunities for members to participate and support the work of our negotiation team. This post will be pinned to the top of the website and act as a information hub for PSTA members so please share this link and refer back as this page will be updated as more information is made available.


Resources and Videos:


Update Your Information for Provincial Collective Bargaining
Has your contact information changed? Ensure your details are up to date to receive important information on provincial collective bargaining. To update or validate your information, please log in to MySTF. You can also fill out a Change of Information Form or call us at 306-373-1660 or toll-free at 1-800-667-7762 to update over the phone.

Green Shield Canada Transition Information

All Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation members switched to a new benefits provider on Jan 1, 2023. This move to Green Shield Canada will reduce administrative costs, but your benefits negotiated in our provincial contract benefits will remain the same.

Some members have shared concerns about changes to the plan including requiring a prescription from your doctor to access massage benefits.
This is a requirement of other plans, but as an STF member, nothing has changed and a prescription is not required.

If you are trying to coordinate your benefits with another Green Shield Canada plan, you will not be able to complete your claim. Green Shield Canada is aware of this issue and is working to address the problem. For now, you will need to choose no when asked if you want to submit any unpaid amount to the other plan. After finalizing your claim, the claim can be entered on the secondary benefits plan and you would enter the amount already claimed by the first plan.

If you are having trouble registering or submitting claims, please contact Green Shield Canada at 1-888-711-1119.

STF Pre-Bargaining Survey

STF Members will be entering provincial collective bargaining later this school year and have already hosted Virtual Town Hall meetings, focus groups and a survey to gather information from teachers to better understand their concerns and negotiation priorities.

The PSTA wanted to encourage all teachers to participate in the survey so we offered an incentive to meet as a school staff and complete the survey while enjoying coffee, donuts or another treat by providing school staff with $1.50/member so the School Staff Liaison could purchase the treats.

While we don’t know the number of teachers that completed the survey independently, we did receive reimbursement claims for a total of 79 teacher in 5 schools.

Thank you to the SSLs that organized survey meetings at their schools.

New Health and Dental Plan Provider for STF Members

The STF reviews health benefit providers every five years and feedback from STF members showed teachers were unhappy with the experience with our current provider and frustrated with having to manage separate accounts for health and dental.

Starting January 1, 2023, Green Shield Canada will be the new insurance carrier for teachers’ health and dental benefits. This change will lead to significant savings on administrative costs due to increased efficiency and economy of scale, but your health and dental benefits will not change as a result of this move.

Please continue to promptly submit claims to Canada Life (health) and Sun Life (dental) as usual until that time.

The STF will be hosting a Q&A with Green Shield Canada on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. You can register for this zoom meeting on the STF registration page here.

Find more information and updates regarding this transition from Canada Life and/Sun Life to Green Shield Canada as our health and dental care provider on the STF Website.

What This Means for You:

  • All your benefits in from one provider
  • Faster Claim turnaround time
  • Improved customer service
  • Convenient digital tools

Though Canada Life and Sun Life are being replaced with a common provider in Green Shield Canada, the STF and the TSC (Teacher’s Superannuation Commission) will maintain their oversight over their respective plans and plan designs. So questions regarding health benefits should still be directed to the STF, while questions regarding dental benefits should be directed to the TSC.

STF Council Passes Resolution to Prevent “Double Dipping” for LEADS and STF Staff

On Friday, October 28, councillors voted in favour of the following resolution:

BE IT RESOLVED that beginning July 1, 2023, the STRP Plan Text be amended to prohibit LEADS and STF staff positions from collecting a monthly pension from the STRP during periods of re-employment as LEADS and STF staff, and to require that those members suspend their monthly pension and re-enroll as regular contributors to the STRP for the duration of their re-employment as LEADS or STF staff members.

Double dipping for a short period of time (i.e., six months), does not have a significant cost to the plan, however, some school boards have used this flexibility as a recruitment and retention tool at the expense of the plan. In some cases, we have members double dip in excess of eight years, usually in senior positions, which has had a significant cost to the plan. STRP has approximately 175 to 200 members double-dipping annually, including 12 LEADS and Federation staff members.

This change does not apply to teachers who give early notice of superannuation and are able to retire and collect pension for a defined period of time. The change only applies to LEADS and STF staff members.