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Convention 2020 Agenda(s)

9:15 Greetings from:
Convention Committee

9:30-10:30 Jody Carrington

10:30 Greetings from:
Audrey Trombley
Lynn Little 
SECTA President

11:00-11:30 AGM

11:30-12:00 STF greetings and Q&A

12:00-1:00 Lunch provided in part by SECTA

1:00–3:30 – Networking – This time should be spent with colleagues sharing resources or planning activities. (For example: Use Teams to chat with other grade level teachers in the division, or staff members in house).

*Breaks and transition time will occur between each online session.

*Chat, Q & A, and Poll functions will be used during the meeting. This will be explained at the start of the meeting.

*We encourage staff to partake in convention together, as much as physically possible within your schools (keeping in mind distanced safety measures).

SECTA AGM Information

Zoom Meeting Link

SECTA Superannuation Supper Cancelled

Please read below for some important information regarding the annual Superannuation supper:

In light on the current COVID-19 and self-isolation situation, SECTA has had to cancel the annual superannuation supper.  We appreciate all of our teachers who are moving on from working with the division, for any reason.  We hope that everyone is doing well during these trying times.

We still wish to show our appreciation and honour your accomplishments.  All teacher superannuates are asked to provide Karen Kennedy-Allin with their home mailing address so that gifts can still be sent out in June.

STS Retirement Seminar

On Thursday, December 5th, the Superanuated Teachers of Saskatchewan are coming out SECPSD to facilitate a Retirement Lifestyles seminar. This will take place in the Carlyle Elementary School library from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.

Email Karen Kennedy-Allin (karen.allin@secpsd.ca) to register before noon on December 2nd to register.

Click here for more details.

World Teacher’s Day – October 5th

Come join SECTA and the STF for a celebration of teaching and learning in Regina. There are bussing/transportation options available, so contact your SECTA executive members!
Don’t forget to register here!

Convention 2019

Please click this link for more information about the 2019 SECTA Convention, including:

  • General information and handout
  • Schedule for the day
  • Map of WCS with convention information
  • List of breakout sessions
  • SECTA GM Agenda

2019 Superannuation Supper

Join your SECTA colleagues for a night of food and collegiality in honour of our superannuates. Thursday, May 30th, cocktails at 5:30 PM.

Important Resilience Program Information

Resilience Program Information  –  How to Access the Services and Courses

SECPSD employees can access the Resilience Program by calling the number provided (1.866.644.0326), telling them they are with EFAP division No. 917 (this is our group number) through the Sask School Boards association and then please give them your name. The provider can then find your employee number and start to help you or give you direction on how to register for one of the wellness courses.

Once the division receives the numbers from SSBA, Bruce Kwochka will email them out to each individual.

Mindfulness Handout from Convention

Living Well With Mindfulness

Trina Markusson

Speaker /Author/ Mindfulness Coach

Most of our stress begins with a thought.  What we think about affects how we feel in our body.  We have to train ourselves to notice our thoughts instead of getting caught up in them.

Mindfulness is about paying attention to what we are doing in the present moment.  It is noticing what we are doing as we are doing it.  If we are in the present moment, our stressful thoughts are settled and we feel calm.

Some ways to practise mindfulness are:

  1. Practise focussing on your breath for just a couple of minutes throughout the day. We can use our breath to keep us anchored in the present moment when we notice our thoughts wandering into the future or past. Just taking a couple conscious belly breaths can immediately calm our minds and bodies. Meditating by focussing on the breath for just 5-10 minutes a day will make a difference in how you feel.               Great Meditation Apps – “Calm” or “Headspace”
  2. Open up your five senses as you do daily activities like having a shower, doing the dishes, hugging someone, driving or eating.
  3. Become aware of your body – This can keep you grounded in the present moment. When you notice a strong emotion, really get curious about it. Name it. Find the sensation related to the emotion somewhere in the body. Hold this attention for at least 90 seconds. If you give negative emotions your full attention, they will begin to lose their power and you will feel better more quickly. Positive emotions increase with attention.  Practise a body scan or body meditation regularly to help relax and strengthen your “attention muscle.”
  4. Practise gratitude. This is one of the most powerful practises for helping to keep you happy and healthy.  Start a gratitude journal, get a gratitude buddy, download a gratitude app (gratitude rock).  Build moments of gratitude into your day.
  5. Notice your Self-talk – Our thoughts influence how we feel. Pay attention to the stories you are telling yourself.  Are they even true?  Try using positive affirmations to replace negative self-talk.
  6. Self-Care is key! If we don’t take care of ourselves, then we won’t be fully available to the ones around us.  Find other ways to nourish yourself like exercising, dancing, playing with your kids or going for a walk in nature.  Honor your body by eating healthy food.  Slow down. Recognize when you are feeling stressed, notice what thought is causing the stress, and use the tools to shift the frequency to the present moment. J

Just trying these little things every day will help you to spend more time in the precious present moment.  You will begin to see and feel a difference in your life.

You can contact me for K-12 school visits, private sessions, parent or business presentations at


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Or check out my website at www.presentmomentliving.ca

Convention 2018

CONVENTION 2018   —  Teacher Professionalism and Wellness
Agenda/Program for the Day  — Thursday, August 30, 2018 Moosomin Convention Center
·         Registration, Networking, and Breakfast 9:00-9:30
  • Greetings 9:30 -10:00
  • New Teacher Induction 10:00-10:30
  • Break 10:30–10:45
  • SECTA Meeting 10:45-11:30
  • Guest Speaker 11:30-12:30 Trina Markusson
  • Lunch 12:30-1:15  Subway Sandwiches, Veggie and Fruit Trays.  Water and coffee to drink.
  • Keynote Speaker 1:15-3:00 Frank DeAngelis 
  • Door Prizes, Farewells 3:00-3:15
  • Social Hour 3:15-5:00   (TENTATIVE)  Please have a designated driver if you choose to have a drink!