Burnaby teacher Susan Lambert has been re-elected for a third one-year term as president of the BC Teachers’ Federation. In addition, First Vice-president Jim Iker from Burns Lake and Second Vice-president Glen Hansman from Vancouver Elementary have also been re-elected to continue in their respective positions at the helm of the 41,000-member BCTF.
Also elected to serve as members-at-large on the BCTF Executive Committee were: Mike Ball from Nanaimo, Joanna Larson from Prince Rupert, Denise Moffatt from Surrey, and Wendy Turner from Cranbrook. They will serve along with the other currently-sitting members: David Komljenovic from Kamloops, Terri Mooring from Quesnel, Paul Steer from Delta, and Chris Stewart from Vancouver Secondary.
Together, these executive members are charged with leading the 41,000 public school teachers of BC through the tumultuous days and months to come, during which teachers will work in a variety of ways to resist Bill 22 and all of its negative implications for teachers, students and public education itself.
“Since 2001, this government has brought in 20 pieces of legislation on education, and each and every one of them has made conditions worse in our schools and classrooms,” Lambert said. “Bill 22, however, is by far the most punitive and potentially damaging. It further strips teachers’ collective bargaining rights – almost certainly in violation once again of the Charter of Rights. Even worse, it will further erode teaching conditions and learning opportunities for children across the province.”