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VSTA Committees contribute to the strength and diversity of the Union. Committees are a place to share collective concerns and to propose collective actions. 



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)
  • Health & Safety Committee Chair
  • Indigenous Education Committee Chair (a member who identifies as Indigenous)
  • Professional Development Committee Chair
  • Social & Environmental Justice Committee Chair
  • Technology Committee Chair
  • Working/Learning Conditions & Bargaining 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)

Executive Committee 2020-21

President Treena Goolieff treena@vsta.ca
1st Vice-President Terry Stanway terry@vsta.ca
2nd Vice-President Alyssa Reid alyssa@vsta.ca
Past President Katharine Shipley  
Treasurer John Silver  
Local Rep to BCTF  Shelby Calman LR@vsta.ca
  Nancy Palejko LR@vsta.ca
  Katharine Shipley LR@vsta.ca
Health & Safety Chair Michael-Don Borason HS@vsta.ca
Indigenous Education Chair Spirit Lavallee IE@vsta.ca
Pro-D Chair Kathryn Walks ProD@vsta.ca
Social & Environmental Justice Chair Gabrielle Egan SEJ@vsta.ca
Technology Chair Carl Janze TECH@vsta.ca
TTOC Rep Lindsay Donaldson TTOC@vsta.ca
WLC & Bargaining Chair Jesse Taylor WLCB@vsta.ca
Teacher of Colour MAL Sarah Ng BIPOC@vsta.ca
2SLGBTQ+ MAL Karen Chong  
Members-at-Large Nikitha Fester  
  Scott McKeen  
  Bal Panesar  
  Carmen Schaedeli  
  Jonathan Wynn  


The Council of the VSTA is comprised of Staff Representatives elected by Association members in each school/worksite. Staff Reps meet from across the district at monthly Council meetings to share information, bring awareness of site issues, and provide feedback and direction to the Executive Committee and BCTF. Any VSTA member may attend Council, but not vote. Only Council members and Executive members may vote. A quorum for any Council Meetings shall consist of fifty percentum of the eligible Staff Representative voting entitlement.


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.

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

Events Calendar

  1. BIPOC Ad Hoc

    April 19 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  2. W/LC & Bargaining Committee

    April 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  3. Spring SURT – AM

    April 22 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
  4. Spring SURT – PM

    April 22 @ 12:15 pm - 2:15 pm
  5. Council

    April 29 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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