Canadian School Boards Association

I extend to you warm greetings from the board of directors of the Canadian School Boards Association (CSBA). School board associations work collectively to advance areas which impact education from coast to coast to coast.

As you meet for your annual general meeting, I want to remind you that the work you do is extremely important. Not only does it impact the success of your students, but it shapes our nation and its’ future. As you focus on “Working Together for Successful Student Transitions,” enhancing your own understanding will make an incredible difference.

I look forward to being with you and meeting many of you. It promises to be a great opportunity to learn, connect and focus on serving the students we represent.

Floyd Martens

BC Association of School Business Officials

It is my pleasure to send greetings on behalf of the BC Association of School Business Officials (BCASBO) executive to members of the BC School Trustees Association attending the 2018 annual general meeting. The theme of “Working Together for Successful Student Transitions,” with the various keynotes and plenary sessions, will make for a timely and thought provoking program.

We look forward to a continued strong working relationship between boards of education and BCASBO members in support of student learning across the province.

Best wishes for a good AGM and conference.

Patti Dundas

BC Confederation Of Parent Advisory Councils

On behalf of the BC Confederation Of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC), I would like to thank BCSTA and boards of education for your commitment to public education and your leadership in representing diverse communities from across the province.

Working Together for Successful Student Transition” is a goal we share as we strive toward improving consultation and collaboration to help inform decisions that are reflective of our school communities and address local challenges in innovative ways.

Thank you for the individual commitment you bring to improving the learning opportunities and experiences of BC students.

Jen Mezei

BC Principal’s & Vice Principal’s Association

On behalf of more than 2400 school leaders around the province, the BC Principals’ and Vice-Principals’ Association (BCPVPA) offers our best wishes for BCSTA’s annual general meeting. Your theme of “Working Together for a Successful Student Transition” speaks to the ongoing work of schools, districts and boards to ensure that we increase the life chances of all students in our care.

While the work of school leaders is ever changing — from programs to practices — our focus, like yours, remains steadfast; a deep respect for our public education system and its ability to stimulate students’ imaginations, passions and achievements.

Kevin Reimer

BC Public School Employers’ Association

On behalf of the British Columbia Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA), I am pleased to send greetings to the members of the British Columbia School Trustees Association on the occasion of your 114th annual general meeting.

As BCPSEA conducts our work on behalf of the province’s 60 public boards of education in accordance with our statutory mandate and services, including collective bargaining with the sector’s unionized employees, we look forward to continuing our strong and productive working relationship with the BCSTA in alignment with our shared objective to provide the best possible educational experience for students in our excellent public school system.

Best wishes for a successful and engaging AGM.

Renzo Del Negro

BC Teachers’ Federation

On behalf of the 43,000 members of the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF), I want to express our thanks to all the trustees gathered here for the 114th BCSTA annual general meeting. Thank you for your service as the democratically-elected stewards of our public education system, and thank you for your commitment to the students and families who are at the heart of all our work.

Our organizations each have more than a century of working to advocate for quality public education, the foundation of active citizenship in our democracy. I look forward to continuing this important work together across the province.

Glen Hansman

Canadian Union of Public Employees British Columbia

On behalf of our 87,000 members, the Canadian Union of Public Employees British Columbia (CUPE BC) extends best wishes to the BCSTA delegates for a successful 2018 Annual General Meeting. Throughout BC, 27,000 CUPE workers provide a wide range of services and support in our province’s public education system.

We look forward to welcoming you to the CUPE BC hosted reception held in your honour on Friday, April 27th, 2018 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm in the Minoru Ballroom at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel.

Paul Faoro

First Nations Education Steering Committee

I am pleased to join you at the BCSTA 2018 annual general meeting. The First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) is focused on advancing quality education for all First Nations students in BC. Our partnerships are integral to the work that we do. The change we have been able to achieve in BC puts us far ahead of other Canadian provinces and territories, and is the outcome of our collaboration with partners such as the BCSTA.

I appreciate the BCSTA’s commitment to work with FNESC to improve the achievement outcomes of our learners and I look forward to our continued efforts at the K-12 Aboriginal Education Partners Table. I wish you well in your discussions at the AGM.

Juanita Coltman
K-12 Policy Manager

Harris & Company LLP

Over the years Harris & Company has grown as a management-side workplace law and advocacy firm, and has become a trusted legal advisor to boards of education across British Columbia. We have been privileged to support you through decades of hands-on work in the education sector, building long-term relationships with school boards and associations, with a track record of providing practical solutions to complex legal issues.

We are proud to be a member of your community, and to be able to work beside you as you provide quality support to boards in preparing our next generation of leaders throughout the province.