New NSTU President On The Job

    HALIFAX, Sept. 2 /CNW/ - Halifax educator Alexis Allen officially took
office with the Nova Scotia Teachers Union on August 1, 2008 becoming the 42nd
president representing the 10,900-members in Nova Scotia's public school and
Community College systems.
    "I am excited to be working for the betterment of teachers and students
in Nova Scotia," says Allen. "We are in the midst of negotiating new contracts
for our public school and Community College members and I am ready to meet the
challenges we face as a profession."
    A career teacher in Halifax County for 30 years, she succeeds Mary-Lou
Donnelly who completed her second two-year term as NSTU's president on
July 31, 2008. Allen has taught Social Studies at Eastern Shore High School
and Lockview High School, and English and Social Studies at Gaetz Brook Junior
High School.
    She is the first teacher elected via an online balloting system that
allowed NSTU members from around the province to vote from home or the
workplace, or any place with access to an Internet-connected computer. She is
the fourth teacher elected to the position through universal suffrage and the
sixth woman to hold the top post of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union since its
inception in 1895.
    The Halifax native most recently served as the president of the Halifax
County Local of the NSTU. She also chaired the Metro Regional Council of the
Union in 2006-07. Allen served as first vice-president of the NSTU from 2004
until 2006, and has been a member of the Union's economic welfare committee
and negotiating teams. She has also been an activist in the areas of public
affairs, public relations, equity issues and member services. She served on
the NSTU provincial executive for a total of six years.
    At the national level, Alexis Allen has represented the NSTU on the
Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF) board of directors and has served as a
member of the CTF human rights diversity committee. She has also represented
the Union as a member of the Council of Atlantic Provinces Teacher
    She holds BA, BEd and MEd degrees from St. Mary's University.

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