Ross is there for each of us and all of us
PPTA Te Wehengarua’s Waikato region gathered to celebrate a well-loved branch chair, who has staunchly supported his members over the past 14 years.
Fraser High School branch chair Ross Hope received a PPTA Te Wehengarua Service Award for his tireless efforts in representing, supporting, and advising his members.
"Ross has led our branch in writing submissions on various issues and made a verbal submission to the Education and Science select committee on the new EDUCANZ legislation in 2015," fellow branch member Arvind Raman said.
Ross has prepared the branch for all strike days that have been held over the last 14 years and actively participated in industrial actions prior to that. He has been a regular attendee at Waikato regional branch chair meetings.
He has supported numerous teachers on issues large and small, often referring them to the field office for further advice and action, Arvind said. "Ross has been a staunch supporter of the Secondary Teachers’ Collective Agreement for Fraser High School, having regular contact with PPTA national office over aspects of the STCA."
"Ross regularly uses his own time, breaks and non-contacts to listen to and advise members on their rights within the collective agreement and its finer points. He regularly raises issues on behalf of the school’s PPTA members, even when the issues can at times be contentious," he said.
"Ross is a long-standing representative for our staff, who has supported them in an objective and informative manner throughout this time. His competency and professionalism throughout his years of service are noteworthy. Ross is there for each of us and all of us and is a very worthy recipient of this award. Congratulations Ross!"