Serving and Supporting BC’s Boards of Education

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

Advocacy: President Higginson to Minister Fleming – Minister James – M Dean RE Funding to Install and Supply Free Tampon and Pad Dispensers in BC Schools

[Sent July 11, 2019] “As outlined in the motion, we wish to formally commend the Minister of Education, Rob Fleming, for his work in enduring that free menstrual products be made available to all of BC’s students. We also would like to share our appreciation for the dedicated efforts of Dr. Selena Tribe and the