At BCSTA’s spring annual general meeting members decide on the advocacy directions their Association will carry out the following year.

Based on the resolutions coming out of AGM, these advocacy efforts have a major impact on government policies and decisions relating to K-12 students. BCSTA advocates for boards of education by meeting and corresponding with key leaders in education and by raising public awareness. Review BCSTA’s strategic plan for more details on our ongoing advocacy work.

Recent Advocacy Letters

Below you will find some of BCSTA’s most recent letters and correspondence with provincial government and other organizations to advocate for the actions outlined in our resolutions. If you wish to review advocacy content beyond this preview, you can do so by clicking the “view more advocacy letters” button below.

Advocacy: President Higginson to Minister Petitpas Taylor – Minister Dix RE E-Cigarettes and Vapour Products

[Sent July 11, 2019] “Similar to the marketing of traditional cigarettes in the past, the creators, distributors and sellers of e-cigarettes and vaping devices are focusing hard on creating life-long customers by targeting young people. Flavours appealing to younger demographics, such as bubble gum, and devices designed for discreet use that emulate the look and feel

Advocacy: President Higginson to Ministers Fleming – Minister Trevena RE School Bus Safety

[Sent July 11, 2019] “Our member boards of education aim to respond to any requirements coming from the Federal Minister of Transportation’s Task Force on School Bus Safety once the report is released, and as such are proactively asking for support from government in order ensure that student safety requirements can be prioritized in relation

Advocacy: BCSTA President Higginson to Ministers Darcy – Dix – Fleming – Mark RE Mental Health Supports for Students with Intellectual Disabilities and or Autism

[Sent July 11, 2019] “Providing additional professional development and learning opportunities, focused on mental health and well-being, and aimed specifically at those working directly with children and youth afflicted with the difficulties outlined in the resolution, will undoubtedly provide a stronger foundation for both learners and educators. “

Advocacy: BCSTA President Higginson to Ministers Conroy – Darcy – Dix – Fleming RE Funding for Mental Health and Wellness Initiatives for Districts

[Sent July 11, 2019] “Promoting positive mental health strategies in schools is an important initial step in providing support for those students who suffer, often in silence. Being proactive, and developing strategies that promote the importance of acknowledging mental health issues, and removing the stigmas surrounding them, are integral to ensuring future generations of students