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About 700 delegates elected to represent school districts throughout the province will attend the 2008 British Columbia Teachers’ Federation Annual General Meeting. The meeting will be held March 15 to 18 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Vancouver. 

Delegates to the AGM will set BCTF policy and direction on a wide range of educational and social issues. Most of the meeting is open to the public; however, a few resolutions will be discussed in closed sessions. 

Newsworthy highlights in brief (and approximate times for the debate) include: 

Saturday, March 15
7:00 p.m. Report by BCTF President Irene Lanzinger
9:30 p.m. Election statements for candidates for president, and first and second vice- presidents

Sunday, March 16
9:00 a.m. BCTF Leadership Report for 2008–09
3:45 p.m. Report of the BCTF Executive Director Ken Novakowski
4:00 p.m. Election statements for member-at-large candidates for the BCTF Executive Committee

Monday, March 17
9:00 a.m. Keynote address by Gerald Bracey, author and advocate for public education, from Virginia

Tuesday, March 18
9:00 a.m. Keynote address by Julia Enriquez, National Women’s Secretary of the Peruvian Teachers’ Union
Mid-morning election of BCTF Executive Committee

A designated section in the meeting room will be available for the media.  In addition media kits containing the agenda, reports and resolutions booklet, biographies of candidates for office, and guest speakers will be available at the meeting.

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For more information, contact Kathleen MacKinnon, BCTF media relations officer, at 604-871-1881 (office) or 604-340-1959 (cell).

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