January 28, 2022
Gung Hey Fat Choy! Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy Lunar New Year to all of our members. We wish you all a prosperous new year full of good fortune and health with good food, family, and friends. As we approach second semester, the VSTA/BCTF calendar has many opportunities for members to engage with the union and the employer.
Thank you to all of the members who ran as delegates for the spring AGM and thank you to the members who showed up to participate in our Association’s democratic process. The delegation to the 2022 BCTF AGM include our Local Reps: Nikitha Fester, Carmen Schaedeli and Jonathan Wynn along with the elected members:
|Jelana Bighorn, VT|
|Russell Cripps, PW|
|Lindsay Donaldson, VT|
|Treena Goolieff, VSTA|
|Shannon Less, BRIT|
|Sylvia Metzner, TTOC|
|Sarah Ng, BRIT|
|Roderick Ofreneo, VT|
|Tina Quan, MGEE|
|Nigel Reedman, VT|
|Alyssa Reid, VSTA|
|Katharine Shipley, DIST|
|John Silver, JO|
|Terry Stanway, VSTA|
|Jesse Taylor, MGEE|
|Kathryn Walks, JO|
|Preet Lidder, WIND||Alternate|
|Irving Lau, JO||Alternate|
There will be a meeting on Wednesday, February 9, 2022 for VSTA members who self-identify as Indigenous. Please email email@example.com to register. The meeting will take place via Zoom.
Talking Trash with SEJ
All member are invited as guests to hear Louise Schwarz, co-owner of Recycling Alternative, talk about trash and the ways we handle it in our schools, and in our city. Louise has been in the recycling business for over thirty years and she brings a depth of knowledge to this topic. Email firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, January 31st, noon, if you would like to attend the Social and Environmental Justice meeting on Tuesday, February 1, 4:00 pm via Zoom.
Reconciliation in Action
The VSTA has put together a 25-copy book club set of 21 Things you May Not Know about the Indian Act by Bob Joseph. Joseph is the founder of Indigenous Corporate Training Inc. and an initiated member of the Hamatsa Society and has inherited a chief’s seat in the Gayaxala (Thunderbird) clan, the first clan of the Gwawa’enuxw one of the 18 tribes that make up the Kwakwaka’wakw.
VSTA members are encouraged to use this book club set to deepen the conversation around Reconciliation at their school sites. The book club tub will be ready for use by March and will be delivered to your school by blue bag. Here is how it works
- You plan your own book club discussion with your staff. There are excellent discussion questions at the back of the book.
- Share your own book club questions and prompts in the folder that will travel with the book club tub.
- The book club is for staff to use.
- You have the books for one month and then we ask that you return them to the VSTA office via the blue bag.
- Request the tub by contacting email@example.com
Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) – Seeking Feedback
The Employer is exploring improvements to EFAP and would like your input. If you have accessed the program anytime in the past, and you are willing, please fill out the following anonymous survey.
The BCTF is looking to engage VSTA BIPOC community members in a Talking Circle around the relationship between police and school practices and a broader conversation around creating and sustaining safety in Vancouver schools. The Talking Circle will be grounded in Indigenous ceremony and cultural practices lead by an Indigenous community leader. Register here by February 1st.
Treena, Terry and Alyssa
BCPSEA-BCTF Provincial Collective Agreement
VSB-VTF Collective Agreement
At this time the only available version of the new 2019-22 Collective Agreement is from BCPSEA. VSTA is currently in the process of melding our local language with the provincial collective agreement. We will make the melded version available ASAP.