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Power Up Your Leadership: A Retreat For Women Leaders Within the Union
On May 11-12, 2017, the ETT Status of Women Committee is holding a retreat at Hockley Valley Resort as part of its Power Up Your Leadership series.

Are you a woman seeking to become actively involved in your union? Then join us for a two-day session that will equip you with the mindset and skills to lead with confidence.

Take part in a series of empowering workshops and activities, including:
  • improving your communications skills;
  • pursuing leadership;
  • exercises to rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit; and
  • conversations with ETFO VP (Female) Karen Brown.

Cost and Registration

The cost to register for this retreat is $75 per member (non-refundable).

No-shows may lose the opportunity to participate in future Status of Women events.

The price includes accommodations (double occupancy), all meals, and workshops.

Registration will proceed on a first-come, first-served basis.

This is a members-only retreat. There is no family option available.

Registration will close on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.


The ETT Office will email confirmed registrants a release day code to be used to book a supply teacher for Friday, May 12, 2017.

Please indicate during the registration process if you require release.

Departure from the ETT Office

Attendees will be bused via coach from the ETT Office to Hockley Valley.

Please meet at the ETT Office, in front of the Swiss Chalet, on the east side of the building near the parking lot.

The bus will depart promptly on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 5:00 p.m for Hockley Valley. Please arrive at least 15-30 minutes in advance. The bus will not wait for late arrivals.

Members will not be able to park or leave their cars at the ETT Office.

The bus will depart from Hockley Valley to return to the ETT Office on Friday, May 12, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.


All accommodation is double occupancy. Registrants will be prompted during the registration process to indicate a desired roommate (optional). Please ensure that you and your roommate select each other.

Attendees that do not indicate a desired roommate will be paired with one by the Status of Women Committee.

Single room accommodation is not available.

If your roommate cancels you will be placed with another roommate.

No guests allowed, unless otherwise approved.

Dependent Care

Dependent care costs will be reimbursed based on ETFO guidelines.

Dependent care must be pre-approved. Overnight care for dependent or child must be a reimbursable expense if no caregiver would otherwise be in the home overnight.

Please contact Jennifer Brown, Executive Liaison, Status of Women Committee, at or by phone at 416-393-9930 ext. 231 for more information.



Effective Communication at Work

Facilitator: Dianne Jamieson

In order to communicate effectively, individuals have to master the techniques of effective listening and self-expression. These skills involve verbal and non-verbal behaviours as well as the ability to speak with persuasion and confidence. This session will look at both of these essential sides of the communication equation. It will address key communication elements such as active listening and show participants how to present assertive messages in a way that is more compatible with the receiver’s style.

Turning Leadership Goals

Facilitator: Heather Picart

Participants will examine barriers to the pursuit of leadership roles for women, and how to overcome self-defeating attitudes and behaviours. Learn about powerful leadership skills, your personal strengths, and how to stay motivated to achieve your goals. Create a plan of action to develop your own leadership skills. Discover keys to maintaining the delicate balance between your personal and professional life.

Stand up and Embrace your Power

Facilitator: Jacqueline Small

Whether the focus is on the breath or a goal that one wants to accomplish, the motion is the same. What matters is to remain concentrated on the target, while accepting everything as it happens around oneself. This is the state of mind one should have to find one’s inner voice. In this active workshop participants will be taken through a series of exercises about discipline, balance, and rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit. Participants will explore the eastern practice of subtle energy cultivation through breathing, stretching, and finding strength through martial form, dynamic technique, and meditation.


Dianne Jamieson

Dianne is dedicated to raising awareness across Canada about Mental Health issues, Resiliency, and creating engaging, emotionally safe workplace environments where people thrive. Over the past 26 years her career has encompassed work as a Corporate Facilitator, Key Note Presenter, Therapist, and Certified Career Transition Coach.

Interwoven in all her work, Dianne helps audiences make the vital link between Mental Health, Physical Wellness, and Career Performance. As a Corporate Facilitator, she has lead executives, managers, and staff in a diverse number of workshops, such as Manager as Coach Leadership Series, Change Management, and Conflict Resolution.

Heather Picart

As a parent, youth mentor, and a Clinical Therapist and Mental Health Counsellor Heather has a deep and practical view of the problems people are facing with regards to their professional and personal life in the modern world.

Her unique combination of interpersonal psychotherapy and cognitive behavioural techniques helps to identify client’s challenges and implement meaningful and evidence-based solutions.

Whether it is depression due to work and career challenges, or death of a close friend or family member, Heather can help individuals through emotional distress due to life transitions, separation, addiction, anxiety, OCD, or any other issues that are negatively affecting your mental health and quality of life.

Jacqueline Kortright

Jacqueline Kortright is a certified Tai Chi Chuan, Chi Kung, Ba Gwa Chang, Self Defense Instructor, Reiki Master Practitioner, Subtle Energy Therapist, and Yoga Instructor, Kripalu style. She has earned her Forth Degree in Niei Chi (Internal Styles) and Goju Ryu Karate Do with Classical Martial Arts Canada, Sensei Wallace Platt’s (Hanshi, 10th Degree) organization, and has been teaching Niei Chi independently in Toronto and the GTA, and further afield in Eastern Ontario for over a decade.

Contact Information

Jennifer Brown
Executive Liaison, Status of Women Committee
416-393-9930 ext. 231

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4211 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario

Directions by car

4211 Yonge Street is south of the 401 and north of York Mills Road, on the northeast corner of Yonge Street and William Carson Crescent.

Directions by TTC

The closest TTC subway station is York Mills. Walk north from the subway one block on the east side of Yonge Street.