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Susan Lambert, a teacher-librarian from Burnaby, is the new president of the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation. Lambert, who most recently served as first vice-president replaces Irene Lanzinger who stepped down after three years as president.  Susan Lambert and the two vice-presidents were all acclaimed.

Jim Iker (Burns Lake) is the new first vice-president and Glen Hansman (Vancouver) is the new second vice-president. All three were elected to one-year terms.

In her acceptance speech, Susan Lambert thanked the 700 delegates for the opportunity to lead the Federation on behalf of BC’s 40,000 public education teachers.

“It is an honour and privilege to represent BC’s teachers,” Lambert said. “The year ahead will be a tough one, but teachers across the province will continue to use our collective strength to defend and advocate for public education.”

Four other teachers were elected to the BCTF Executive Committee as members-at-large: Rick Guenther (Abbotsford), Denise Moffatt (Surrey), Kip Wood (Nanaimo), and David Komljenovic (Kamloops).

Now that she has completed her term, Irene Lanzinger plans to return to the classroom this September as a math and science teacher in Vancouver.

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

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