How the DPERWA Union Came to Be
This Union was founded December 15, 1986 at a Constitutional Inaugural Meeting. At that time, there were 100 members and 68 of those members voted for unionization. The Union was certified as the Dufferin Peel Teacher Assistants’ Association with the Labour Board on January 7, 1987.
In 1990, a contest was held to design a logo and in 1991 the ‘umbrella’, designed by member Kathleen Nash, was adopted. In September of 1993, the logo was amended to reflect the name change to the Dufferin Peel Educational Resource Workers’ Association. The name was changed to better reflect our positions. We were no longer ‘assisting teachers’, we were resources to the children with special needs in our care. The name change was officially recognized by the Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board in 1999.
Elimination of T.A.'s
In June of 1993, kindergarten T.A. positions were eliminated, and all members were assigned to work with children with special needs in the Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board's elementary and secondary schools.