The Professional Development Fund provides funding to members in all Units to support them in attending and presenting at conferences, and with other professional development expenses.
A total of $125,000 is allocated to this fund for purposes such as assisting new employees (priority to those within first two years of employment) develop professional competence and ability, to assist employees in upgrading professional qualifications, and to help cover some of the expenses associated with presenting at conferences (airfare, hotels and such). The PDF does not cover capital costs such as equipment, software, stationary, and books, but does cover conference funding, professional development such as fees for courses/programmes/workshops.
The PDF has three deadlines per year: Jan. 10, Jun. 10 and Sept. 10. The PDF application is now online: PDF online application.
You can still submit a paper application form by emailing the committee (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange for an electronic copy that you can print or picking up a paper copy at the union office (143 Atkinson) to pick one up.