President, BC Teachers’ Federation
Susan Lambert brings a wealth of experience―both inside and outside the classroom―to her work as President of the BC Teachers’ Federation.
She began her career in 1973 teaching Grade 7 in Prince Rupert. There, the political and social climate of the day was steeped in racism and sexism, so it would prove to be a transformative introduction to her chosen profession. Susan’s experiences in the North fuelled her passion for the fight against social injustice―a passion that still burns brightly today.
Over the next decade, Susan was an intermediate classroom teacher and teacher-librarian. She also worked with gifted students in Prince Rupert. After serving four years (1984–1989) on the professional development staff of the BCTF, Susan moved to Burnaby as a teacher-librarian and resource room teacher for students with special needs.
Throughout her career, Susan has always been active in her union, serving on many committees and holding various elected positions at the local and provincial levels. In 2002, she was elected vice-president of the Burnaby Teachers’ Association, in 2004 she was elected as a full-time table officer of the BCTF and, in 2010, she was elected President of the BCTF.
A strong advocate for social justice and international solidarity, Susan has also shared her expertise in program development with teachers and their unions in Namibia and South Africa.
The mother of two sons, Susan is now the proud grandmother of two grandsons.