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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 18, Number 6, April 2006

 I'm glad I attended the AGM because...

I now have a better understanding of the structure of the BCTF and its decision-making process. I would recommend other members experience the AGM in its full capacity!

Lenette Beris, Nanaimo

As a TOC it becomes easy to feel isolated within the crowd. Being part of such an inclusive environment inspires me to become more involved.

The electricity of being part of change and the democratic process is exciting. I am awed by my sisters and brothers who are as passionate about their profession as I am.

Sue Heuman, Surrey

I believe it is crucial for all members to understand how our working and learning conditions are brought about. During this AGM, I realized just how much work is put into the process and that we cannot take for granted what dedicated activists fought for in the past. I look forward to next year’s AGM in order to build a stronger public education system for BCTF members and students.

Krista Pepper, Nanaimo

I learned so much. As a new teacher and new active union member, I feel that I need to be involved in the union in order to have a say in my future working conditions, but most importantly my students’ learning conditions. This AGM has proven the complete democracy of the union, the compassion for all students, the respect for each other, and the dream for a better public education system that we all share. I was a proud BCTF member before this AGM, I am a prouder BCTF member now, and believe I will be even prouder every day until the end of my career!

Natasha Tattersall, Burnaby

Burnaby adult educators haven’t been a part of the BCTF for long, and frankly we know little about its functions and processes. I am impressed (and even amazed) with what I have seen here in the past few days. I want to say thank you for the opportunity to be involved. I have grown personally and professionally in ways that truly surprise me. I am so pleased to have been a part of this AGM.

Linda White, Burnaby

For more snapshops from the AGM, go to bctf.ca/events/agm/2006/Delegates.cfm.

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