You will find various messages from our partner organizations below.
Please continue to check back regularly as we add more notes of encouragement from BC’s public education partners.
On behalf of the British Columbia Association of School Business Officials, I am pleased to bring greetings to Trustees attending the 2019 Academy. As Trustees you regularly work with our Secretary Treasurer members in your school districts. They are supported in their work by the remaining two-thirds of our membership primarily in the areas of finance, payroll and human resources. Like the members of BCSTA, our members are committed to supporting learning and improving student achievement for all students in all school districts in British Columbia. Best wishes for a successful 2019 Academy.
On behalf of more than 560,000 parents across the province, BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC) wishes you much success with your Trustee Academy. With strong local and democratically elected leadership intact, BC will remain a leader in education. BCCPAC and BCSTA are keenly aware of the struggles many of our children face on a daily basis. Our system must meet the increasing needs of all our students; needs that range from additional counselling to combat addiction and mental health issues to ensuring there is proper support for each unique learner. I thank you for the leadership you provide to our education system.
On behalf of over 500 BC public library trustees, BCLTA offers best wishes for a successful BCSTA 2019 Trustee Academy. The theme, Growing Together: Planting the Seeds for Inclusion, resonates with those of us in “library world.” In addition to the wellknown role of supporting literacy, public libraries are welcoming spaces that promote and honour access, privacy, democracy, diversity, education and lifelong learning, intellectual freedom, the public good, preservation, service, and social responsibility. These convictions support inclusion and are shared by our two systems. With so much in common, we look forward to growing our partnership with you.
On behalf of more than 2,500 school leaders around the province, the BC Principals’ and Vice-Principals’ Association offers our best wishes for the BCSTA’s 2019 Trustee Academy. Your theme of Growing Together: Planting the Seeds for Inclusion reflects our shared focus on creating positive school environments for all learners, and ensuring that each student has a voice and can achieve success. With the many excellent plenaries and sessions that you are offering, we hope that the Academy attendees can enjoy this energizing and inspirational time together.
On behalf of the 45,000 members of the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation, warm congratulations for the BCSTA 2019 Trustee Academy. Your role of upholding the public trust in public education is vital to the success of our schools, now more than ever. Democratically elected trustees have the unique ability to shape public education at the local level. As teachers, we believe that working in collaboration with trustees, parents, school districts, and community members is important to ensure all children and youth equal opportunities to learn in a thriving public school system.
On behalf of CUPE BC’s 98,000 members across British Columbia—and in particular on behalf of the 30,000 CUPE members who work in K-12 education—I want to welcome you to Trustee Academy 2019. This year’s theme–Growing Together: Planting the Seeds for Inclusion—is a timely and important one. We must all work together to stop the rising tide of hatred and intolerance that seems to be everywhere. That’s one of the reasons that CUPE BC is a strong supporter of inclusion initiatives like SOGI123 and we’re proud to work with the BCSTA as a partner in education. Thank you for all you do to make our education system better every day.
On behalf of the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC), we wish the BCSTA every success with its 2019 Trustee Academy. The theme of inclusivity presents an opportunity to emphasize the needs of the 66,000 Indigenous students in BC public schools, particularly those who were or are in government care. We ask for your sustained efforts in working with FNESC and local First Nations to achieve better education outcomes for First Nations students, consistent with the spirit of reconciliation and the internationally-recognized standards set out in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.