Our first meeting was when a short Irishman barged into the office to introduce himself as the Edmonton Catholic Local President, and that he was happy to offer any advice, or insight to me in my new role as the second best local president in the building.
You may ask yourself, who would actually do that? Well, Greg Carabine would.
Not because he meant it, because he didn’t. But because he has a knack for being able to immediately put people at ease, and is able to gain people’s trust through a combination of humour, trust, and speaking his mind. Greg’s ability to make people laugh at themselves, a situation, or even at him builds a rapport with almost everyone he meets.
Greg immediately made me feel welcome and at ease. His door was always open, and he never tired of the endless amount of questions I had for him. He was patient, forthright, and helped me to be a better president in so much that I was learning what a truly great President looked like.
Greg doesn’t shy away from asking the tough questions, whether it be in PEC, or even to myself and our local executive. He knows that his questions may not always be popular, but is always able to explain why he is asking, and that he wants to gain a better understanding so that he can be a better representative to those that entrusted him with the role.
With Greg now running for Vice President, not only do I have absolutely no question in my mind that he will represent us faithfully and honourably, but I unequivocally support him and encourage you to do the same. There is no one I would trust more to represent the teachers of Alberta, and no one that is more cut-out to go head-to-head with this government.
Vote Greg Carabine.
If you are asking yourself “who should get my vote for ATA vice president?” here are some thoughts. I might say “He has a great name.” He has spoken in the past about his fabulous head of hair but once we get serious I have to talk about his undying dedication to the teachers of Alberta. Greg is visible speaking for us on many social media platforms and in the PEC chamber. He is also fearless and stands up for teachers and for public education no matter the opponent. He challenges government regularly but also questions decisions being made by our own leadership. We are better for having him and we surely want him working for us as we move into the uncertain times ahead! Join me in casting your VP ballot for Greg Carabine.
Greg Carabine is passionate in his support of public education and tenacious in his advocacy of our profession. He is a tireless leader in promoting inclusivity for both teachers and students, and a relentless champion of improving our working conditions, which, of course, are the learning conditions of our students. His background provides him with a unique perspective with which he views the world, fearlessly calling out the unjust and the uninformed. Carabine’s catch-phrase – “Union-up” – speaks to his belief in the power of our collective voice and what we could achieve by using it.
I have known Greg Carabine for nearly 15 years and in that time I have always seen him as a supportive, passionate, knowledgeable and committed teacher leader. He has and continues to work diligently to advocate for and support the teachers of Alberta in their constant endeavor to serve within a publicly funded education system. Greg is an unapologetic voice for teachers and students.
It is without question that if Greg is elected as Vice President of the ATA, he will continue to tirelessly advocate to decision makers, politicians and members of the community.
Your vote should undeniably go to Greg Carabine as the next Vice President of the Alberta Teachers’ Association!
When I attended my first local president meeting years ago, I was introduced to Greg. He was quick to offer me assistance, guidance, and support for any of my needs. Since that first introduction, Greg was true to his word. I often leaned on him for advice and guidance. He is a kind individual who will stand up and support you when you require it. He is always available for advice and is very knowledgeable on every aspect of our profession. You can tell he cares about our profession as his critique of government educational policy and solutions offered are highly regarded provincially. You can always find him at education rallies, on social media supporting and promoting our profession or at the end of your phone/computer. Greg is a strong candidate for Vice President of our ATA.
Greg Carabine is a strong advocate for teachers in Alberta. He will make an excellent vice president of the ATA as he is not afraid to ask the tough questions and say what needs to be said. He holds people accountable for decisions they make. A year ago when a few teachers decided to plan a rally to stand up for publicly funded education, Greg did not hesitate to jump in and help. He was crucial in helping make that rally a huge success and getting the city on board with our permits. Greg is knowledgeable when it comes to issues that affect education and teachers in this province. Most importantly, he listens to the teachers in the classroom and what concerns and challenges they face everyday.
In a time when education is regularly under attack, Greg is the right person to represent teachers and stand up for education in Alberta as vice president of the ATA."
I am proudly supporting Greg Carabine as vice-president for our Association because Greg is a progressive with a proven leadership style that is inclusive.
A tenacious questioner, honest listener, and an innate ability to call things as seen from a teacher’s point of view.
Greg advocates for teachers and public education—that guy that reminds us that the ‘u in union is us’
Greg is like that kid in your classroom who makes your classroom discussion come alive with the insight and intellect that challenges others to think outside the box
Yep I am a fan!
As District Representative for Edmonton/McMurray Greg has worked extremely hard to advocate for public education in our province. He is extremely active on social media and devotes countless hours of his time to answering questions online while supporting teachers from across the province with advice and guidance. His past experiences as President of Edmonton Catholic has given him a strong understanding of the needs of public education teachers. He is passionate about his work and it shows with the commitment to his colleagues across the province.
I have known Greg Carabine for many years as a colleague and friend. Greg displays his knowledge and compassion regarding our education system. His desire to help maintain Alberta’s standing on the top of the world is deliberate and continual. I have stood by him in the fight for Public Education in our province. His understanding of the issues is unquestioned as is his concern for the teachers of Alberta. I am proud to support his bid to represent Alberta Teachers and know they will be well served.
Greg Carabine is a fierce advocate for public education and teachers. He will work hard to support the goals of the Association. I give him my wholehearted support for the position of Vice President.
Many years ago I laughed when someone declared Local President Carabine a “pitbull”. In fact, regarding the business of our Association, Greg embodies that metaphor and will not stop when it comes to educating, marching, standing, and advocating for us. Unequivocally, Greg Carabine is the leadership we need .
I've worked with Greg for almost 15 years, as a teaching colleague and within Local 54. I can honestly attest that he is fiercely loyal to the teaching profession and puts his heart and soul into making things better by standing up to initiate change and improve policy.
Greg is dedicated and committed to ensure safe and fair working conditions are always at the forefront of his mission.
He always does his homework and makes sure our voices are heard.
He is astute and genuine and will listen to any issue, big or small and help navigate a solution for what is just.
With out a doubt, he will be an asset as VP for all teachers.
Greg's passion and commitment to advancing the cause of our world-class education system is commendable, and on full display, in every way, every day. Greg does so with a unique force grounded in both fact and experience, resonating with a wide variety of audiences, and ensuring that the voice of teachers is heard. In my position as a Local President, Greg has provided valuable advice and support across a variety of topics and situations, and has always managed to provide a light-hearted perspective on even the most serious of matters. Greg demonstrates an obvious commitment to working together with all stakeholders to create an inclusive and dynamic provincial Association as well as Local that teachers can be proud of.
Greg is a relentless advocate for public education. He utilizes his extensive knowledge to passionately educate and garner support for students and teachers in Alberta classrooms.
I've worked with Greg both within the Catholic system and the Public system. Greg is passionate, caring and courageous. Teaching can be a stressful career that demands a lot from us. It is in these challenging situations that we need people like Greg on our team. Greg's determination inspires me to be strong and stand up for what is right.
Greg is a symbol of stability and rationalization to myself and many other young teachers. His accessibility and eagerness to assist in ATA matters is unparalleled. Many times Greg has an answer to questions on weekends, given guidance on holidays and is quick to answer his phone when his colleagues need union guidance. This type of commitment and support was a pillar in the early careers of myself and many others.
It is clear his intentions and drive are geared completely to the betterment of our profession. and those who are affected by it.
In my own work with the Alberta Teacher’s Association, I have had the pleasure of seeing Greg in many different roles of serving Alberta’s teachers. It is my pleasure to endorse Greg Carabine for Vice-President as he is an excellent leader and a friend to all teachers.
As an educator, coach and friend I have known Greg Carabine for over 25 years. Greg is dedicated to our profession and will be a strong advocate for all teachers in these difficult times. His support will be unwavering. Since moving to Lethbridge I still keep in contact with Greg. This is the level of respect in which I hold him.
Greg is a real knight in shining armour. He is as strong as steel and will fight for you to the end and is very noble. It's been a true honour working along side Greg.
I had the pleasure of working alongside Greg for six years when he served as president of Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local 54.Greg is smart, stands up for what he believes in, is willing to take a risk, and is---above all---a man of integrity.
I have known Greg for many years … he is a man of character and conviction. He takes strong, informed positions and stands behind his views. He is feisty, fun loving and cares deeply about his family, the Alberta Teachers’ Association and good governance. I continue to appreciate his integrity and commitment to issues that affect us. I have confidence in Greg’s ability to lead.
Greg is a fighter.
He is committed to improve our working conditions, knowing full well a teacher's working conditions are our student's learning conditions.
The fight for one is a fight for all.
I will be voting for Greg Carabine as he has proven himself to be a strong, passionate and unrelenting advocate for all teachers. He is very well versed in current issues, speaks clearly with facts and his passion for our profession is unparalleled. Greg has represented me well at a local and provincial level for as many years as I can remember and I am happy to support his run for ATA VP.
He has our well being as his driving force!!
Greg is an amazing Ally - when our Local GSA needed someone with the courage and voice to stand up and support our 2SLGBTQ+ teachers he did so passionately and without hesitation.
Greg Carabine is one of the most passionate teachers I know. His advocacy for teachers is relentless; his belief in the good work of teachers is adamantly optimistic. He always tells the truth and he has one of the most accurate BS meters! There is nobody in any are who will work harder to improve the lot of Alberta teachers every single day.
I'm voting for Greg and think you should too!
I’ve known Greg Carabine for about ten years now. He is an honest, informed, dedicated and articulate educator. Greg is a strong advocate for Alberta teachers and will not hesitate to be a passionate voice for the promotion and advancement of public education while advocating for teachers everywhere.
Greg is a proven leader who genuinely cares about the teachers and students in this province. He is reliable, knowledgeable and loyal and when he tells you that he will do something, he always follows through. Greg is an amazing representative for teachers and he is not afraid to share our voice.
Greg Carabine listens to and fights for teachers. I know that he has my and my colleagues’ best interest in mind with each decision he makes.
Greg is an exceptional advocate for teachers as he has clearly demonstrated in the 10 years I have known him. As president of Edmonton Catholic Teachers, he was effective in dealing with his board to the members benefit As DR for Edmonton-McMurray, he has proven to be an excellent voice for the concerns of our local. Greg is not afraid to take on and fight for the best outcomes for members. He knows the facts and challenges those who try to put forward skewed ideas. I confidently recommend Greg Carabine as your BEST choice for Vice President of our Association.
Greg has been representing me at both the Local level and beyond since I became a teacher. I feel my questions are important to him and I always receive a correct and straight forward answer. Greg ensures he is easily reachable and encourages everyone to contact him for his support in any way they need it. Especially over these past few turbulent years in our profession, nearly every day I see or hear about Greg fighting for teachers, public education, and what’s best for our students – I am looking forward to the possibility of him bringing that same sort of passion and dedication to the role of VP.
Greg Carabine shows incredible passion for our profession and the teachers of Alberta.
Greg has been an exceptional District Representative and leader within both the Local where I live and work (Edmonton/McMurray) and for the provincial ATA. Greg is organized, personable, honest, and passionate. He will make an exceptional vice-president within the Association and will represent all of the members fairly and honestly.
I have known Greg personally as a teacher, local VP, local resident and as a DR. He is here for ALL teachers. I would dare to say even more importantly, he has the ability to inform with passion and activate teachers to organize and get our message out. He has a proven record of listening to teachers and I have witnessed that he is willing and eager to act with perseverance and professionalism on what he hears.
Greg loves teaching. He knows exactly what it is like to be in the classroom. What makes Greg special is that when the day ends, and teachers go home to their families Greg continues to advocate for us. Greg never stops fighting for teachers. I will be voting for Greg because I want to make sure this profession remains respected. Teachers' selflessness has caused some to believe that just because teachers put others first, they should come last. Greg always puts teachers first. Anytime. Anywhere. That's who I want representing me.
In my time working with Greg Carabine in his roles as President and Past President of Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local, and District Representative for Edmonton-McMurray two terms that describe him are loud and hardworking. Loud and always using his voice to support teachers of Alberta, whether advocating for them to the employer, working for more from the association, or reminding politicians on Twitter of what they said when they do the opposite. Greg is a tireless advocate for the teachers and students of Alberta and will be a strong voice for our members as an Association Vice President.
1. He will always give you a straight answer. Whether it’s a mark on your Chemistry test or a question on professionalism, he is always the best choice for a quick, smart, and thought out response.
2.His hair changes like the wind. It’s impressive, really.
3. He always has your back. Carabine works for teachers, with teachers, and is a teacher. He understands what teachers need, want and will fight for it.
From teaching me Chemistry in high school, to mentoring me in my first year of teaching, to continuing to provide advice, suggestions, and prompt response to all inquiries, I trust Greg to get the job done and protect teachers.
Vote for Carabine!
I’ve worked with Mr. Greg Carabine on PEC and before that in his role of President Of Edmonton Catholic Local 54. My most recent professional interaction with Mr. Carabine was on executive staff negotiating committee. In my time with him on that committee with myself as chair Mr. Carabine proved regularly that he is fiscally conservative, we’ll educated and very concerned about the effective management of members money.
It was also clear in our bargaining process that Mr. Carabine has a great understanding of the needs of teachers and their fiscal responsibilities for the Association to be productive and effective, given its current political climate.
Mr. Carabine is an outspoken passionate advocate for public education, public accountability, and the effective and productive conditions of practice for teachers. .
I have absolutely no reservations in recommending that our members vote for Mr. Carabine in his pursuit of attaining one of the Vice President positions.
Conozco a Greg por más de diez años. Hemos trabajado juntos como profesores y como representantes del ATA. Greg es una persona extraordinaria, quien no tiene miedo a representarnos y hacer oír nuestros derechos todo el tiempo, así mismo comparte nuestros pensamientos e inquietudes. La tenacidad de Greg y su perseverancia son admirables. Greg es el mejor calificado para la posición de ATA Vice-presidente ya que siempre tiene una respuesta contundente a todos los problemas y transmite nuestra voz.
Greg est toujours prêt à lutter pour les enseignants. Il pousse fort pour que les enseignants soient bien traités et respectés, toujours en gardant les intérêts des francophones en tête. J'ai confiance en Greg Carabine de faire ce qui est le mieux pour les enseignants.