VSTA Committees contribute to the strength and diversity of the Union. Committees are a place to share collective concerns and to propose collective actions. Motions from these Committees come to Executive or Council for further discussion.



The Executive Committee provides advice to the In-House Table Officers (President and Vice-Presidents) and takes on an active leadership role (see Roles of the Executive Committee).  The Executive Committee is comprised of:

  • President
  • 1st Vice-President
  • 2nd Vice-President
  • Treasurer
  • Immediate Past President in succession
  • Local Representatives (3)
  • Aboriginal Chair (a member who identifies as Indigenous)
  • Health & Safety Committee Chair
  • Professional Development Committee Chair
  • Social & Environmental Justice Committee Chair
  • Working/Learning Conditions & Bargaining Committee Chair
  • Technology Committee Chair
  • Teacher Teaching On-Call Representative
  • Teacher of Colour Member-at-Large (a member who identifies as a teacher of colour)
  • 2SLGBTQ+ Member-at-Large (a member who identifies as 2SLGBTQ+)
  • Members-at-Large (5)


The Council of the VSTA is comprised of Staff Representatives elected by Association members in each school.  Being a Staff Rep can mean wearing many hats.  Here are some of the key elements:

  • Keeping staff updated on both Union and District initiatives by disseminating information and holding regular staff organization meetings to promote discussion & union involvement. You can also leave a copy of Council minutes in a binder in the Staff Room to keep staff up to date
  • Meeting with Staff Reps from across the district at monthly Council meetings
  • Being aware of issues of conflict on staff and supporting members in resolving them as best as possible
  • Ensuring that Staff Committee functions well and is effective & that decisions are made collaboratively at the school level
  • Resolving issues with Administration
  • Representing ALL staff
  • Defending the Collective Agreement
  • Upholding the BCTF Code of Ethics
  • Being the “face of the union” in the school
  • Reporting concerns to the VSTA Table Officers
  • Advocating for members when dealing with administrators
  • Meeting regularly with other School Union Team members to discuss issues
  • Keeping up to date personal email and phone list of members 


Several Standing Committees are established by the VSTA Constitution and Bylaws. These committees are responsible for conducting some of the affairs of the VSTA and to provide recommendations and advice to the Executive Committee. The Chairs of these standing committees are elected by the general membership at the AGM.  Most VSTA Standing Committees Reps are elected by the Staff Organization at each school/worksite.

  • Aboriginal Education
  • Health & Safety
  • Professional Development
  • Social & Environmental Justice
  • Teachers Teaching On-Call
  • Technology
  • Working/Learning Conditions & Bargaining
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