Welcome to the website of the Durham Elementary Unit of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA)
We represent approximately 900 teachers teaching in 39 publicly funded Catholic Elementary schools across the Region of Durham.
Though the majority of our schools are situated along the urbanized lakeshore areas of Pickering, Ajax, Whitby/ Brooklin and Oshawa, we are also proud to have schools in the region’s northern communities of Uxbridge, Beaverton and Port Perry.
Through Provincial OECTA, we are affiliated with the Ontario Teachers’ Federation (OTF), the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF), and Education International (EI). Our labour affiliations include the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) and the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC).
Recognizing our uniqueness as teachers in Catholic schools, we are an Association committed to the advancement of Catholic Education. As teacher advocates we provide professional services, support, protection and leadership.
I. Promote Catholic values
II. Foster growth of confident, competent professionals
III. Support our members in collective bargaining
IV. Promote spiritual growth in our members
V. Establish and exercise our rights at all levels of educational decision-making
VI. Build solidarity through actions that foster trust and collegiality
VII. Assist our members to grow professionally by providing access to information and resources