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On March 22, delegates of the BC Teachers’ Federation’s 2022 Annual General Meeting acclaimed Clint Johnston (Chilliwack) as President-elect. Johnston’s biography can be found below. The President-elect will take over from Teri Mooring on July 1, 2022, when her final term comes to an end.

Here is a Vancouver Sun article about Clint Johnston and an interview with Global TV.

Delegates to the 2022 Annual General Meeting also elected Carole Gordon (Central Okanagan) as First Vice-President and Robin Tosczak (Greater Victoria) as Second Vice-President.

Elections were also held for several positions on the BCTF Executive Committee. Those elected are:

  • Rick Joe (Chilliwack)—Member-at-Large, Aboriginal
  • Benula Bunjun (Sooke)—Member-at-Large, Racialized
  • Jelana Bighorn (Vancouver Secondary)—Member-at-Large
  • Lisa LaBoucane (Vernon)—Member-at-Large
  • Katherine Trepanier (Prince George)—Member-at-Large
  • Winona Waldron (Greater Victoria)—Member-at-Large.

The 2022–23 Executive Committee will also include Members-at-Large on current terms:

  • Violette Baillargeon (Surrey)
  • Mariah Franzmann (Prince George)
  • Jody Polukoshko (Vancouver Elementary).

Teri Mooring (Quesnel) will remain on the Executive Committee for one year as Past-President.

Clint Johnston Biography
President-elect, BC Teachers’ Federation

Clint Johnston was acclaimed as President of the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) and its 49,000 members at the Federation’s 2022 Annual General Meeting.

Johnston has spent the past six years in Vice-President positions on the BCTF Executive Committee, as well as one year as a Member-at-Large. He is currently serving as one of the Federation’s lead negotiators in this round of collective bargaining, and has previous experience bargaining at the local and national levels.

Prior to his provincial union work, he served as President of the Chilliwack Teachers’ Association for three years. Nationally, Johnston has served multiple consecutive terms as a Vice-President of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) since first elected at the 2017 CTF Annual General Meeting.

Johnston turned to a career in education after losing a hand in a devastating workplace accident at 23-years-old. He holds bachelor’s degrees in Human Kinetics and Education from the University of British Columbia. He spent the first five years of his teaching career in England before returning home to Chilliwack to work in a variety of elementary teaching roles for the next several years before being elected to his local executive.

Johnston and his wife, Holly, are the proud parents of five children—three of whom are still in BC’s K–12 public education system.

As he moves into the role of BCTF President, one of Johnston’s personal priorities is to continue raising awareness about BC’s critical teacher shortage and taking the necessary steps to address this pervasive issue that disproportionately affects students with diverse learning needs.

Johnston will take over from sitting President, Teri Mooring, when Mooring’s third one-year term comes to an end on June 30, 2022. The BCTF has a long-standing practice that Presidents serve for a maximum of three years, although they must seek re-election each year.

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