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February 5, 2020

  1. Sign the petition, help your Bargaining Team
  2. Nominations open for prestigious BCTF awards
  3. Opportunity for Members: Participate in the 2020 Tri-national Conference
  4. 2020 Cross Border Conference
  5. Teen Girls Learning to Lead with Minerva BC

Sign the petition, help your Bargaining Team

BCTF ShareableMore than 5,000 people have already signed an online petition asking the provincial government to improve education funding and deal with BC’s teacher shortage by addressing our low salaries at the bargaining table. Mediation is going to resume soon and the provincial budget will be announced on February 18, 2020. Now is the time to engage your family, friends, and social networks to help the BCTF Bargaining Team get a good deal for teachers and our students. Sign and share the petition today!

Nominations open for prestigious BCTF awards

Nominations are now open for the Federation’s annual awards that recognize outstanding service by our members. The winners are invited to the Annual General Meeting to be honoured by colleagues from across the province. 

  • The G.A. Fergusson Award is granted annually to a BCTF member (or former member) who has made an outstanding contribution to public education. Nominations are due by February 10, 2020.
  • Nominations are also open for Honorary Life Memberships. Nominations are due by February 10, 2020.

Opportunity for Members: Participate in the 2020 Tri-national Conference

The BCTF is supporting five members to take part in the 14th Tri-national Conference on May 15–17, 2020 in Sacramento, California. The Tri-national Coalition, formed in 1993, brings together activists from teacher unions in Canada, Mexico, and the United States to work on issues related to the impact on education of neo-liberal policies that are central to global “trade” agreements. Members of equity seeking groups are particularly encouraged to apply. Click here for more details. Applications are due February 20, 2020.

2020 Cross Border Conference

Teachers are invited to join colleagues from BC, Washington, and Oregon at this year’s 2020 Cross Border Conference on Saturday, February 29 in Surrey. The conference focuses on effectively inspiring and preparing youth to confront for the climate crisis and is brought to you by the International Solidarity Committee of the Surrey Teachers’ Association with help from the BCTF Social Justice Regional Conference Grant. This year’s keynote features a dynamic panel of teen climate activists who lead justice initiatives in their own communities, facilitated by UBC professor Dr. Claudia Ruitenberg. Get all the details here: 2020 Cross Border Conference.

Teen Girls Learning to Lead with Minerva BC

Minerva BC will be hosting three leadership development programs across BC this spring for female, transgender, and non-binary teens. Learning to Lead provides 150 participants the opportunity to increase confidence and explore their leadership potential while creating a network of women, girls, and non-binary folks who will support them along their educational and career journeys. All costs to participants and their families are covered, including travel and accommodations. Teachers can nominate Grade 11 students who they witness as having leadership potential. Fifty students are then selected to attend one of the weekends in either Vancouver, Prince George, or Kamloops (150 students total). More information can be found on their website.

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