Family Education Fund & Other Grants

Wednesday, March, 15th, 2017 by Nancy Vogel

Children of  OSSTF members who will be attending post-secondary college or university or an apprenticeship program that includes an academic potion offered through a college are eligible to apply for a $1,500 bursary available each year from OSSTF.   The deadline for application is April 15 of each year.  

To see how to apply, follow the directions below:

Go to and then Services/Awards, Schol…./OSSTF/FEESO Financial Assistance for Further Education/Federation Family Education Fund.

There are also grants for OSSTF members pursuing their own education.   These deadlines are April 1 of each year.  

International Women’s Day: March 8, 2017

Tuesday, March, 7th, 2017 by Nancy Vogel

PSSP Status of Women Committee would like to take a moment to salute our PSSP Female members across all gender and boundaries. Today is a celebration for women all around the world. Let’s celebrate all women, and acknowledge all the great things they done.

“On International Women’s Day, let us all pledge to do everything we can to overcome entrenched prejudice, support engagement and activism, and promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.”
— UN Secretary-General, António Guterres
by Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing of my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can’t see.
I say
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
The palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
from And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou
copyright © 1978 by Maya Angelou.