Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
DISTRICT 6A Thunder Bay

Student Support Professionals' Bargaining Unit

The Student Support Professionals' in Ontario are highly qualified professionals. Student Support Professionals' (SSP's) employed by the Lakehead Public Schools are required to possess as a minimum a diploma in the field of Human Services ex; Developmental Services Worker, Child and Youth Worker, Early Childhood Educator, and Social Worker. As well as a diploma, many SSPs have additional qualifications and training including related university degrees, training in autism and specialized training to work with blind or deaf/hard of hearing students.

   The role of the SSP as part of the educational team is quite complex. The SSP is a resource to the classroom teacher as we support at risk students and students who have been identified through The Identification, Placement and Review Committee Process. SSPs need to be skilled to address the different exceptionalities in learning including but not limited to, behavioural, developmental, physical, blind, intellectual, deaf/hard of hearing and autism. We must have excellent verbal and written communication skills to work as part of a multi-discipline education team, which may include working with parents and community agencies. SSPs must also have the skill sets to help other students and school personnel in understanding, respecting, and accepting the diversity in the individual(s) who possess exceptionalities in learning. The combined expertise brought to our classrooms by teachers and SSPs further enhances the learning environment of students. As part of a professional team, the teachers and SSPs assist the neediest students to reach their maximum potential.

Contact Information

Carlos Santander-Maturana


OSSTF District 6A, Student Support Professional

Tel: (807) 577-4251 ext. 9091

Fax: (807) 473-8223

Andrew Hotrum

Chief Negotiator

OSSTF District 6A, Student Support Professionals

Business: (807) 623-7562

Fax: (807) 623-3671

David Farrish

District Communications Officer -Executive

OSSTF District 6A, Learning Supports - Student Support Professional

(807) 621-5784: (807) 767-3881