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Teacher Newsmagazine 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.

Catherine Abraham: North Vancouver parent

Betty Boult: Retired assistant superintendent from Coquitlam

Louise Burgart: Retired superintendent from Pentiction

Stu Dale: 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.

Deborah DeRose: Principal

Tim Dunford: Saanich parent

Barré Eyre: Retired principal from Fort St. John

Pirtpal Gill: Retired Saskatchewan teacher

Mike Grant: Malaspina University College, dean of education

Tarry Grieve: Retired superintendent, chair of the council who failed to get elected when he ran for college council.

Alex Holm: 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.

Monty Jang: Chinese Cultural Centre volunteer

Phillip Milligan: Delta teacher-librarian

Judy Morgan: Retired superintendent from Smithers

Dwight Moodie: Former private Christian school principal

Mary Jo O’Keefe: Chair of Vernon School Board

George Puil: 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.

Carl Ratsoy: Victoria teacher

Brenda Turner: Castlegar parent

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.

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