||Volume 16, Number 4, March 2004 |
Who’s who on interim council
The transitional council, with all 19 members hand-picked by former Education Minister Christy Clark, is a college of political appointees—not a college of professionals.
Ten are management appointees (principals, post-secondary administrators, superintendents or retired superintendents), three are parents, two are small business people, one is a lifelong NPA/Liberal politician, and two are teachers.
North Vancouver parent
Retired assistant superintendent from Coquitlam
Retired superintendent from Pentiction
Retired principal from Kelowna and former president of the B.C. Principals’ and Vice-Principals’ Association. The BCPVPA has opposed the right of teachers to negotiate learning conditions.
Retired principal from Fort St. John
Retired Saskatchewan teacher
Malaspina University College, dean of education
Retired superintendent, chair of the council who failed to get elected when he ran for college council.
Retired assistant superintendent and member of Helen Raham’s Society for the Advancement of Excellence in Education. SAEE was formed following the failure of Teachers for Association. TFA and SAEE have opposed teachers having the right to negotiate learning conditions.
Chinese Cultural Centre volunteer
Retired superintendent from Smithers
Former private Christian school principal
Mary Jo O’Keefe:
Chair of Vernon School Board
Retired teacher and long-time Vancouver NPA city councillor. He was defeated in civic elections of November 2002, six months prior to being appointed by Christy Clark.
Also appointed to the College Council was Bev Hosker, a Prince George parent. Ms. Hosker died in a tragic automobile accident en route to the council’s summer meeting at Whistler.