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ATA named a top employer

February 1, 2022 ATA News Staff

The Alberta Teachers’ Association has been named one of Alberta’s top 75 employers of 2022. 

Alberta’s Top Employers is a competition organized by Canada’s Top 100 Employers. The competition recognizes Alberta employers that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work. Entrant employers are judged using criteria such as work atmosphere, vacation, performance management and community involvement. 

Association executive secretary Dennis Theobald says the award confirms what he has personally known to be true for the 21 years he has been an ATA employee. 

“Our staff believe in public education, and they work very hard to serve Alberta’s teachers. It’s imperative that we, as an employer, set a high bar not only to show our gratitude for their work, but to set an example for how we want Alberta’s teachers to be treated.” 

Canada’s Top Employers acknowledged that this year’s competition attracted significantly more entries than previous years. 

Canada’s Top Employers score on eight different categories, including physical workspace; work atmosphere and social; health, financial and family benefits; training and skills development; and community involvement. The ATA was also recognized for its paid sick-day policy of up to 20 days per year and its maternity and parental top-up. 

The organization’s pandemic response also earned high marks. The award program recognized the ATA’s internal staff committees that offer programs to support health and wellness and continually launch initiatives to ensure employees stay connected to the organization and their colleagues while working remotely.

“It is a testament to the Association and the commitment of our staff to be recognized while navigating through such uncertain times,” Theobald said. 

He said the Association is honoured to be named one of Alberta’s top employers. 

“I believe the members would want to join with me in celebrating this accomplishment and the hard work of the staff who made it possible,” he said, “just as we Association staff would want to express our appreciation for the support we receive from Alberta teachers, who we serve every day.” ❚


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