VANCOUVER-At the BC Teachers' Federation's 100th Annual General Meeting today, Vancouver elementary teacher Glen Hansman was acclaimed as the BCTF's new President. Outgoing President, Jim Iker, who is stepping down on June 30 says Hansman will be “a strong and principled leader who will continue the fight for better working and learning conditions as well as advocate for important initiatives that support and enhance diversity in our schools.”
BCTF Presidents typically only serve two or three one-year terms and this is Iker's third and final year following six years as a Vice-President. Iker will continue as an Executive Committee member for one more year as Past President.
Glen Hansman, 42, is an elementary special education teacher and was the antihomophobia consultant for the Vancouver School Board. He holds an honours B.A. from Carleton, a B.Ed. from McGill, and a M.A. from UBC. He has been a member of the BC Teachers' Council, and is the chair of the K-12 Aboriginal Education Partners Table. He was President of the Vancouver Elementary School Teachers' Association from January 2007 through July 2009, and has been a Vice-President of the BCTF since 2010.
“It is our responsibility as teachers to be strong advocates on matters fundamental to the welfare of the students with whom we work daily,” Hansman says. He identifies his key objectives as:
- Improved teaching and learning conditions in BC public schools in all areas of the province, and securing the necessary supports for successful implementation of the new curriculum.
- Engagement of members new to the profession and planning for the next round of bargaining.
- Working to address systemic discrimination in the K-12 system by supporting implementation of the calls to action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
- Working with parents and others to restore public education funding.
Taking over the position of First Vice-President is Teri Mooring from Quesnel, who has been the Federation's Second Vice-President for the past three years. Mooring is a Grade 7 teacher and holds a B.A. from SFU and a M.Ed. from UNBC. Mooring has two children who live in northern British Columbia and served as President of the Quesnel District Teachers' Association from 2008 to 2013.
New to the role of Second Vice-president will be Clint Johnston, a father of five kids in public school and teacher from Chilliwack. He previously has served as President of the Chilliwack Teachers' Association