Monthly Archives: April 2015

“The Mayor Who Ended Homelessness” comes to BC!

Fabulous idea from the BC poverty coalition.  Hear from the Mayor who ended homelessness!
Social Justice Chair

The Mayor Who Ended Homelessness

Interested in working with the BCTF in Social Justice next year?

Hello Everybody!
Interested in being a BCTF workshop facilitator?
Please read the attached letter from BCTF Social Justice.

Also….Please remember that the VINTA Annual General Meeting is this Wed. April 22nd at 5:00 at Sunset (includes dinner).
Bill 11 discussion and elections will occur. Anybody interested in the wonderful, exciting position of Social Justice Chair? Please let me know and I will nominate you :-).

See you soon,
Sandra Gunson
Social Justice Chair

Begin forwarded message:

From: Kathy Hartman <>
Date: April 15, 2015 at 3:00:56 PM PDT
To: “BCTF Social Justice Contacts” <>
Subject: Interested in working with the BCTF in Social Justice next year?

Good Afternoon,

There are two great opportunities for members coming up. Please consider the following information and pass it on to any great teachers you think might be interested.

Facilitating BCTF Workshops—deadline April 30th
If you are interested in being trained as a facilitator for BCTF workshops, including two new Social justice workshops, Teaching Green: Integrating Environmental Education into All Classrooms, and Creating a Gender Inclusive School Culture, please contact Susan Ruzic at 1-800-663-9163 (toll free); directly at 604-871-1850 or by email ( and check out the information in the following PDF.
Posting #10 – BCTF facilitators needed – Click for PDF

The Committee for Action on Social Justice—deadline June 2nd
If you are interested in serving on a BCTF committee that works on the following issues: Antiracism; Lesbian,Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ); Peace and Global Education; Antipoverty; Status of Women and Environmental Justice (there are no vacancies in Environmental Justice this year) please see the following PDF for more information.
Posting #7 – All Committee vacancies- Click for PDF


Kathy Hartman
Assistant Director of Social Justice
BC Teachers’ Federation
100–550 West 6th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4P2
Phone: 604-871-1842
Toll Free: 1-800-663-9163
Fax: 604-871-2286

Earth Day 2015 April 22nd

Living With Balance Workshops – Updated!

VINTA is going to host another session of the Living With Balance workshops.  This is a great way to reduce your teaching stress level and increase your job (and life) satisfaction.

We had a series up here about two years ago, and participants found it extremely helpful.

Nelda Adamus from Genesis Rehabilitation will again come up and present over two Saturdays May 30 & June 6.  Run time is from 9AM – 3:30PM with a half hour lunch provided.  This will be at the VINTA Office boardroom.

To sign up, you need to go to the BCTF website and go to the “For Teachers” section on the left side of the webpage.  Once there, go to the “Wellness” tab and you will find a link to the online registration.  Or CLICK HERE.  Could you please let Shawn or Greg know if you have successfully registered.

A great opportunity!  For more information, feel free to call me at the office, or talk to Greg Murray.


Shawn Gough

Vancouver Island North Teachers’ Association
Local President
250-949-8888 office
250-902-9500 cell

Launching Poverty Myth Busters: Who you gonna call?



When flat-out wrong ideas about poverty in BC are being thrown around, who you gonna call? The Poverty Myth busters!

Brought to you by our fantastic Poverty Reduction Action Committee (PRAC), we are super excited to announce this new campaign, which was launched on Sunday, March 15 at the Fight for 15 rally in Vancouver.

Check out the short video below – it’s a story that captures the lives of so many in BC working hard to get by but still trapped in poverty.

And if you’re interested in joining this campaign, make sure to come out the next PRAC meeting, happening Thursday, April 30!


Trish and Gil


Poverty Myth Busters - "Get a job" does not cut it.

Poverty Myth Busters – “Get a job” doesn’t cut it!


Let’s get to the root of the problem!
Whether you’re at a party, having dinner with your parents, at the bus stop, or listening the news, whenever there’s a discussion about poverty, you will no doubt hear things like “the situation in BC isn’t that bad”, how “the poor are lazy” and they “just need to get a job”, or that “those on welfare are taking advantage” of our social assistance programs.

But, did you know that BC has had one of the highest poverty rates, including child poverty, for the last 13 years? And most poor people are working! Poverty is really a story of low wages in BC. The recent increase to the minimum wage of 20 cents per hour will do little to tackle that.

Not only that, we have inadequate welfare and disability rates that have not increased in eight years; unaffordable and inaccessible childcare for parents with small children; and an underfunded public education system.

It’s time to bust those myths and get to the root of the problem!

Please help us share the awesome first video of the campaign on Facebook and Twitter. This is the first in a series so visit the #PovertyMythBusters campaign website and stay tuned for more!!