The following is a summary description of the governance structure of the VSTA. For complete descriptions refer to the Thirty-first printing of the Constitution & By-Laws 2019 (approved at the November 6, 2019 General Meeting).
Constitution & Bylaws
The Constitution and Bylaws establish the objectives and governance structures of the VSTA and can only be amended by a special resolution submitted at a General Meeting and passed by a three-quarters majority of the members present and voting at such meeting.
General Meetings and the Annual General Meeting
The General Meeting (GM) is the sovereign body of the VSTA subject to the constitution, bylaws and policies of the association and to provisions concerning the Annual General Meeting (AGM). Policies established at a General Meeting may only be changed or rescinded at a General Meeting.
The Council consists of the Executive Committee and Staff Representatives elected by Association members in each secondary school. Council directs and supervises the business of the Association and the conduct of its officers. Only Council members and/or alternates may vote. Council meets once every month.
The Executive Committee directs and supervises the business and conducts the affairs of the VSTA. The EC meets twice monthly.
The members of the Executive Committee are elected at the AGM, these are:
b. First Vice-President,
c. Second Vice-President
d. Third Vice-President
f. Immediate Past President in succession
i. Eight Members-at-Large: one position designated for a self-identifying teacher of colour and one position designated for a self-identifying 2SLGBTQ+ teacher;
ii. Seven Members-at-Large when there is an immediate Past President in succession or when a Third Vice-President is elected;
iii. Six Members-at-Large in years where there is both an immediate Past President in succession and a Third Vice-President elected
h. Working and Learning Conditions/Bargaining Committee Chairperson
i. Professional Development Committee Chairperson
j. Social & Environmental Justice Committee Chairperson
k. Health and Safety Committee Chairperson
l. Technology Committee Chairperson
m. Teacher-Teaching-On-Call Representative
n. Duly elected Local Representatives
o. Aboriginal Committee Chairperson
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 members of these standing committees are elected by the general membership at the AGM.
- Aboriginal Education
- Health & Safety
- Professional Development
- Social & Environmental Justice
- Working/Learning Conditions & Bargaining