BCTF to Celebrate Milestone
Prince George, B.C. – Unionized teachers across B.C. are getting set to mark the BC Teachers’ Federation’s 100th anniversary.
The BCTF will celebrate the occasion by live streaming the two-hour event (accessible by clicking here) at their head office in Vancouver starting at 3:30 p.m. this afternoon.
“There’s not too many organizations in western Canada that can claim to have a 100th anniversary,” says president Glen Hansman. “Just a handful – the University of British Columbia, the BCSTA are two of the other education related organizations that passed that milestone.”
He says the celebration will take place exactly 100 years after the BCTF had their very first meeting on Jan. 4, 1917.
“And so, we’re going to be having a cross-section of our living past presidents. People who led the organization all the way back to the 1960s will be here.”
Hansman says it will also be a chance to look back and take stock of all the union’s accomplishments.
“It’s been 100 years of advocacy for teachers, it’s been 100 years of advocacy for public education and for supports for students,” he says.
“Certainly, some ups and downs throughout that period of time and we continue to face challenges as well as successes, but it’s important to celebrate benchmarks like this and to look forward.”
Hansman says one thing teachers can look forward to in the short-term is more support in the classroom following the BCTF’s big win in the Supreme Court of Canada last year over class size and composition.
“Both the provincial government and the BCTF have been meeting in earnest. We had another meeting yesterday to figure out the next steps so we’re hopeful we can get some jobs posted in our schools this school year and then work out the details as to how we’re going to handle the next school year.”
He expects those details will be sorted out “in the next few weeks.”
Those unable to watch the celebration at 3:30 can watch later as it will be archived on the BCTF’s website.