Elections


Elections for the BC Teachers’ Council are held every three years. One election takes place in each of the five election zones. Only eligible certificate holders can run for election in a zone, and certificate holders vote in the zones in which they live.

To be eligible for nomination as a candidate for an election and serve as zone representative, a person must be a resident in that zone, hold a valid BC teaching certificate, and be a practising teacher; that is, a certificate holder who has carried out one or more of the following duties in the preceding two years in the course of his or her employment:

  • design, supervision and assessment of educational programs;
  • instruction, assessment and evaluation of individual students and of groups of students.

A certificate holder must also be nominated by ten certificate holders each having his or her principal residence in the zone. A call for nominations and any corresponding materials, including the nomination form, will be made available on the TRB website in advance of any upcoming elections.

Before taking office, a person elected to the BC Teachers' Council must take and sign, by oath or by solemn affirmation, a prescribed Oath Of Office in accordance with section 11 of the Teachers Act.


Election Results

The 2015 BC Teachers’ Council elections have been completed. Ballots were counted for three of the five zones on March 23, 2015. There were no elections in two of the zones as only one candidate was nominated. The final results are:

  • Fraser Zone
    % of returned ballots: 24%
    % of Votes for Winning Candidate: 74%
    Laurence Greeff: 3,873
    Penny Shepherd-Hill: 1,376

  • Interior Zone
    Janine Fraser: declared elected.
    An election did not take place in this zone. Pursuant to section 21 of the Teachers Act, if there is only a single candidate nominated, the minister must declare that the candidate is elected as the council member in the zone.

  • Northern Zone
    Matthew Cooke: declared elected.
    An election did not take place in this zone. Pursuant to section 21 of the Teachers Act, if there is only a single candidate nominated, the minister must declare that the candidate is elected as the council member in the zone.

  • Vancouver Coastal Zone
    % of returned ballots: 21%
    % of Votes for Winning Candidate: 72%
    Michael Gabriel: 468
    John Hall: 2,155
    John O'Flynn: 351

  • Vancouver Island Zone
    % of returned ballots: 20%
    % of Votes for Winning Candidate: 50.38%
    Alice Barlow-Kedves: 1,043
    Fred Robertson: 1,059


Election Zones

The election zones correspond with the five provincial geographical health zones. These zones are:

  • Fraser Zone
  • Interior Zone
  • Northern Zone
  • Vancouver Coastal Zone
  • Vancouver Island Zone