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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 17, Number 4, January/February 2005

How to become a BCTF-endorsed candidate for the College of Teachers’ Council

The second round of elections for the BC College of Teachers’ Council under the new provisions of the Teaching Profession Act will take place in April/May 2005.

The BC College of Teachers regulates the teaching profession in B.C. The college has as its mandate teacher education, teacher certification, and member discipline.

Governing the college is the 20-person council. Twelve of 20 council members are elected by the membership; eight council members are appointed by the minister of education.

A council member makes policy decisions, makes quasi-judicial decisions concerning individuals and institutions, represents the college on various external committees, and communicates with members.

Elections are held in four of the 12 geographic zones each year. In 2005, elections will be held in North Coast (1), South Central (3), Lower Mainland East (8), and Lower Mainland West (10). The term of office begins August 1 and ends July 31 three years hence.

The BCTF provides for the zonal selection of a BCTF-endorsed candidate in each zone where an election is being held. Only active BCTF-member candidates are eligible for BCTF endorsation.

Each local has the right to select one nominee endorsed by an executive, a delegate assembly, or a general meeting of the local. Each local nominee must undertake to abide by the endorsation process. Once a local has nominated a candidate, the name of candidate is forwarded to the BCTF staff co-ordinator. The co-ordinator ensures that each local in the zone conducts a vote to determine the zone’s BCTF-endorsed candidate by secret ballot.

The BCTF publicizes among members the names of all BCTF-endorsed candidates. The BCTF provides funding to assist local nominees in seeking to become BCTF-endorsed candidates. The BCTF also provides funding to assist endorsed candidates in the college elections.

If you are interested in being considered as your local nominee for the BCTF-endorsed candidate in one of the college zones where an election is being held, contact your local president as soon as possible.

If you have any questions about BCTF procedures for endorsing candidates, contact Mike Lombardi, BCTF staff, 604-871-1849, toll free-1-800-663-9163, local 1849, mlombardi@bctf.ca.

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