Monthly Archives: September 2015

Alberni District TU October 23 Pro Day Brochure

Please forward the attached pro day brochure to your PD Chair.

Many Thanks,  Christine

Click Here for ADTU Pro-D Brochure

Christine Peffers
Office Manager
Alberni District Teachers’ Union
4913 Argyle Street
Port Alberni, BC
V9Y 1V6
Phone:  250 724-5021
Fax:  250 724-0442

Pension consultation and survey 2015

In case anyone did not receive this email from the BCTF regarding the pension change process, here it is.


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


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September 15, 2015

The BC Teachers’ Federation invites your participation in the Pension consultation and survey 2015

Dear colleagues:

I hope your start to the school year has been good.

Starting this week, we will be travelling across the province to talk about and get your input on possible changes to our Teachers’ Pension Plan.

Our Teachers’ Pension Plan can trace its origins back to the 1940s, when it was completely under government control. In 2001, the plan moved to a joint trust agreement between the BCTF and the government, giving both partners an equal say in the management of our pension. We currently have an opportunity to modernize our pension plan to reflect some of the changes in our world and our members, who are living and working longer than ever before. Overall, we are looking to enhance and strengthen the pension plan for our collective benefit.

Any plan changes are for “future service” only, meaning any member-earned pension benefit is unaffected up toJanuary 1, 2018. If you retire before that date, these changes would not affect your pension. In fact, the proposed changes may benefit you, as they strengthen cost of living protection. If you remain working and active in the pension plan after this date, prior earned pension benefits are untouched and there may be improvements to your lifetime pension.

As part of the BCTF Pension Consultations being held across the province, the BCTF is also conducting a survey about proposed changes. The purpose of the survey is to gather feedback regarding the options being considered.

It’s very important that you access relevant information before completing the survey.

To fully understand the options, it would be best that you attend a Pension Consultation meeting in your local area. If attending a consultation meeting is not possible, please review the Pension Consultation presentation and supporting documents on the BCTF web site before you begin the survey. This information will familiarize you with why changes to the Teacher Pension Plan are being considered, and what the proposed options are.

The information about the options and the Pension Consultation schedule can be found at .

The survey can be completed very quickly, and we hope that you can find the time to share your preferences for possible changes to the Teachers’ Pension Plan. Your input is critical to help shape the future of our plan.

To complete the survey click on the link here:

The results from the consultation and survey will be studied by the BCTF Executive Committee, which will make recommendations to the 2016 BCTF Annual General Meeting.

If you have any questions or concerns about the pension consultation or survey, please contact the Income Security Division of the BCTF at .

Thank you in advance for your time and input. It is appreciated.

Jim Iker




UBC Faculty of Education – Fall Info Sessions for professional learning opportunities

As the new school year is now in swing, I’m writing to let you know about upcoming information sessions for off-campus, blended and online graduate professional learning opportunities, offered by UBC Faculty of Education.

Click here to read the announcement:

plain text, and PDF format as well.

Kind regards,


Heather McGregor
Professional Development & Community Engagement
Faculty of Education
The University of British Columbia
1304 ­ 2125 Main Mall | Vancouver, BC  Canada V6T 1Z4


Pro-D Opportunity Provincial Day – The Wonder of Nature: Research Day

The Centre for Early Childhood Research and Policy is fortunate to bring together leading researchers in the field of ‘learning in and from nature’, Aboriginal perspectives on it, and implications for stewardship.

Friday, October 23rd, 2015
MLA Andrew Weaver will provide opening remarks.
Presentations and discussion with:
Location: Ceremonial Hall, First Peoples House, University of Victoria
The registration fee (includes lunch) is:
  • before October 15th fee is $125; students $75.
  • after October 15th fee is $150; students $100.
The Centre for Early Childhood Research and Policy would like to thank Simon Fraser University, School District 62, Camosun College and  the Department of Psychology, University of Victoria for their support of this research day.

Beverly Smith, D.Phil.(Oxon)
Associate Director
Centre for Early Childhood Research and Policy

University of Victoria
PO Box 1700 STN CSC, Victoria, BC CANADA V8W 2Y2
t. 250-472-5992
office: UH#3 108 | web: 

NI Retired Teachers’ Assoc September 2015 Newsletter