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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 19, Number 1, September 2006

BCTF President elected to national position

Jinny Sims, president of the BC Teachers’ Federation, has been elected as one of four vice-presidents of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation.

Sims will help represent 215,000 teachers in 17 provincial and territorial member organizations and affiliates.

Sims said, "Public education is the cornerstone of our democracy, and teachers have to be prepared to take on the phoney ‘accountability agenda.’ We have to assert our professionalism. We have to ensure the joy of teaching and learning that brought us to this amazing teaching profession."

The CTF assists teacher organizations in difficult times: the strength and unity of 215,000 teachers provide a formidable force for any government. "The CTF has been active on a wide range of issues that affect teachers and education," said Sims.

Sims has previous experience with the CTF, having served as a director. Her election victory follows on the heels of victory at home a week earlier when she led the BCTF to a successfully negotiated settlement for BC’s 38,000 public school teachers.

– Yvonne Eamor

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