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May10, 2017

  1. Thank you, BC teachers! Our efforts made a difference
  2. Student Vote engages 170,000 youth in the election
  3. BCTF funding participation in World Environmental Education Congress
  4. Opportunities for Members

Thank you, BC teachers! Our efforts made a difference

On Tuesday afternoon, BCTF President Glen Hansman received a phone call from BC NDP leader John Horgan. Mr. Horgan called to thank BC teachers who were so visible and vocal during the election campaign. He said the efforts of BCTF members really put education front and centre in this election.

The number of teachers involved in this election really did propel education up the list of key issues. Our members were out knocking on doors and making a difference in the effort to see change happen in BC. Our members' efforts made a real difference in some key races including the defeat of former Minister of Education Peter Fassbender in Surrey-Fleetwood, the election of former BCTF President Jinny Sims in Surrey-Panorama, Suzanne Anton, the Attorney General who kept the fight against BC teachers alive in court also lost in her riding of Vancouver-Fraserview.

While the counting continues, there will be some uncertainty for the next couple of weeks about how the results will lead to the next government. Regardless of the outcome, the BCTF will continue to advocate for a well-funded public education system that is equipped well and properly staffed to support the needs of all our students.  

Student Vote engages 170,000 youth in the election

svoteThanks to BC teachers who signed their schools up for Student Vote, more than 170,000 students participated in the mock elections at over 1,000 schools. The program allows students to learn about the electoral process, research the parties, debate the future of BC, and vote for the candidates in their ridings. When the ballots were counted, the results came in with 60 seats for the NDP, 14 seats for the Green Party, 12 seats for the BC Liberals, and one independent.  

BCTF funding participation in World Environmental Education Congress

weecBCTF members interested in environmental education and social justice are invited to apply for funding to attend the 9th World Environmental Education Congress-Culture/Environment-Weaving New Connections. This annual event brings together researchers and practitioners from around the globe who are committed to supporting high-quality environmental and sustainability learning. The BCTF will fund one member from each of the eight zones in the province to attend the “teacher friendly” sessions, which take place on Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10 in Vancouver. More information on this congress can be found on the WEEC website. Download an application to apply by Friday, June 2 at 5:00 p.m.

Opportunities for Members

The BCTF is currently accepting applications for various committees, including the Teacher Qualification Board and Peer Support Service Consultants. Visit the Federation's committee vacancies section on the Opportunities for Members page to learn more and apply. 

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