The 2019-2020 school year will not be forgotten. When we were sent home on March 13th, we had no idea how much our world would change. Consequently, the 2020-2021 school year will be radically different. An almost full return to schools and centres, with difficult sanitary rules in place, will add further responsibilities to your already difficult workload.

On Tuesday, June 16th, the QPAT Board of Directors made the decision to cancel the 2020 QPAT Convention due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The QPAT team is exploring the possibility of having a virtual convention with guest
speakers and interactive sessions on topics that are valuable for the current context. Save the dates, October 15 (pre-convention) and October 16, and more information will be available in the fall.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the entire QPAT team for their tireless work during this unprecedented time. Take note that the QPAT office will be closed as of July 6th and will reopen on August 17th.

I would also like to thank your local presidents who have managed this crisis with grace and perseverance. They have always been your voice at the table. Thank you!

But more importantly, I would like to thank you for all your hard work, innovation and patience during this incredible time. My youngest son graduated this year and will be moving on to CEGEP in the fall. I would like to thank all of the teachers who took the time to reach out. Even though he wasn’t an active participant, he flourished over the past three months by investing in the things he loves most. He even started working (I never thought I would see the day). His “drive through graduation” was a wonderful example of the dedication and creativity of teachers. Thank you!

It has been a challenging time for most of us and I hope that you are able to enjoy your summer with family and friends. Every June, I say to myself, “Thank goodness for summer, teachers desperately need a break and time to recuperate.” This year I think the summer break is even more essential. We need to clear our minds and spend time with others, in person.

Stay well and stay safe, Heidi Yetman