Meet your Area Council
Queensland Teachers' Journal, Vol 123 No 7, 5 October 2018, page no. 8
The QTU’s Area Councils play an important part in the democratic processes of the Union. Branch Reps across an area get together four times a year to discuss and manage local issues and to work on campaigns.
Here is snapshot of another of our hard working Area Councils, this time Logan Redlands.
Logan Redlands Area Council
During my 25+ year career I have taught in a range of P-12 and high schools right across the state. I began my teaching in Mount Isa where we had some amazing and motivated Union Reps who provided support and advice during a time of industrial action. I enjoy working with the Union as it allows us to speak with one voice on issues that relate to all teachers. I enjoy being able to represent my colleagues at Logan Redlands Area Council.
I teach PE and I LOVE IT! I’ve spent 26 years working for Education Queensland and it still presents me with excitement and challenges. I have taught right across the state and I find that my colleagues and I all share one thing in common - a passion for fairness, justice and equality. That is also what our amazing Union stands for and I love being involved.
I have been teaching for 33 years in a variety of schools from Brisbane State High to Weipa, Salisbury, Beaudesert, Nyanda and Shailer Park. Currently I am teaching at Shailer Park State High where I am a QTU Workplace Rep. I am also a Lead Union Representative, President of the Springwood West Branch, President of the Logan Redlands Area Council and I am on State Council. I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunities I have had to advocate on behalf of QTU members and the profession generally.
I have been a teacher for 43 years and have always loved my career working and connecting with children. I have taught in Logan, Mount Isa, Mount Petrie and Redland Bay. Over the years I have worked on many QTU campaigns, ranging from the Remote Area Incentive Scheme (RAIS) to non-contact time and paid parental leave. I have held many positions in the Union - currently I am a QTU Workplace Rep and on Area Council.
My name is Lisa and I have been a teacher for over 25 years. I am a special education teacher and I'm proud to have recently become a QTU Representative. Being a Rep gives me updated information on latest issues in teaching. I definitely feel that I have a voice and am involved in supporting solutions which help teachers. As a Union Rep in a special education program, I am able to ensure that QTU members are supported in their workplace.
I have been a teacher for 16 years and I'm still passionate about my work. I have taught in the Logan area for most of my career, and I find it to be an exciting challenge every single day. Thanks to my various Union positions, I feel more empowered and knowledgeable about my career. I am a Workplace Rep, Branch President and Area and State Council Rep. My Union colleagues remind me of why union membership is vital - solidarity forever!
Would you believe I started in 2000, so I’m a new millennium teacher. It certainly has been a journey. I choose to work in Logan and was given an opportunity at Kingston State School. What an honour to have spent 16 years working with students wishing to achieve. I have been a QTU member since 2002 and a Workplace Rep since then as well. At present, it is vital to be part of the QTU to ensure our teachers continue to be supported.
Shortly after starting my teaching career at Inala Special School, the principal suggested I should attend the local QTU branch Meeting. I instantly felt a sense of belonging with many like-minded people regardless of their teaching background. I also very quickly learned that this was the best vehicle to have a say on the conditions in which I was working.