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NANAIMO : May 10th, 2019 - BCTF Member Registration -- Non-Member Registration / Workshops description

April 5th 2019 - Vernon 

Vernon Lodge

April 4th 2019 - Welcoming Reception

Keynote Speaker : Dr. Deborah MacNamara

Deborah MacNamara

Dr. Deborah MacNamara is the author of the best-selling book Rest, Play, Grow: Making Sense of Preschoolers (or anyone who acts like one), is on Faculty at the Neufeld Institute, and is the Director of Kid’s Best Bet, a Counselling and Family Resource Center. Her book Rest, Play, Grow has been translated into 7 languages: French, Russian, Italian, German, Spanish, Danish, and Korean.

Deborah is a dynamic teacher and experienced counsellor who makes developmental science come to life in the everyday context of home and classroom. She also provides counselling services to parents and professionals to make sense of learning, behavioural, and developmental issues in kids – from babies to teens.

Deborah travels nationally and internationally, speaking to child and adolescent development issues to groups including the United Nations and the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education. With over 60 presentations a year to groups including parents, educators, child care professionals, social workers, foster and adopt community, and health care professionals, Deborah shares her insight and passion for making sense of kids. She is a developmentalist at heart who is continually fascinated by the mysteries and beauty inherent in human maturation.


May 10th 2019 - Nanaimo

Vancouver Island Conference Centre

May 9th 2019 - Welcoming Reception

Keynote Speaker : Tracy Myers

Tracy Myers

Tracy Myers is a counsellor, educator, public speaker, spoken word artist and activist.  She has been working with children, youth and their families for the past fifteen years as a counsellor but prior to this, Tracy was teaching.   And she comes from a long line of teachers.  Both Tracy’s parents, all her siblings and even her grandmother, who attended what was called “normal school’ in the 1920s, have all been teachers.

Tracy is passionate about working with young people and is a fierce advocate for the support and well-being of educators. 

Resources for new teachers

BCTF Handbook for new teachers and TTOC: The practice of teaching

L’Exercice de l’enseignement - Manuel pour le nouveau personnel enseignant et les enseignant(e)s suppléant(e)s 

Who are our new teachers?

A new teacher may be a teacher new to the profession, a beginning teacher and/or a teacher teaching on call (in the first 5 years of their career), a teacher new to a classroom assignment or having a significant change of assignment, a teacher new to teaching in BC, or a teacher returning to the profession.

Some members choose a career as a teacher teaching on call (TTOC). The Teachers Teaching on Call page provides additional information for career and transitional TTOCs.

Need information?  

  • New teachers, please contact Lucie Ferrari at lferrari@bctf.ca, 604-871-1809 or toll-free at 1-800-663-9163 local 1809
  • TTOCs, please contact Jenny Garrels at jgarrels@bctf.ca, 604-871-1871 or toll-free at 1-800-663-9163 local 1871

Employment insurance

Seniority for all

Seniority for both contract teachers and TTOCs is the theme of our Seniority for all pamphlet. Contract teachers want post and fill that is based on seniority and TTOCs want seniority for call-out and to use their TTOC seniority in a meaningful way: that is to use their seniority to get a contract position.


Roles and responsibilities of teachers and teacher assistants/education assistants: a BCTF/CUPE B.C. joint paper

Rôles et responsabilités des enseignants(e) et des aides-enseignant(e)s  

Members’ Guide to the BCTF

The Power of Leadership

BCTF Services Handbook  

Health and safety

E-mail list

The BCTF public mailing list page has many e-mail lists that you can join. Join as many as you like. The e-mail list, bctf-beginteach, is a public list for new and experienced teachers.  

Provincial Specialist Associations (PSAs)

The BCTF encourages and supports 32 PSAs. As an integral part of the Federation, all BCTF members are encouraged to become members of one or more PSAs to share expertise and to gain information and experience.  For information, go to the PSAs Online page.

Other resources

Teaching in British Columbia

See our Teaching in BC page for information on certification and salaries and job search resources.

Teaching resources

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