BC Teachers' Council Elections
Elections for the BC Teachers’ Council are held every three years.
Know your election zone
The election zones correspond with the five regional health authorities. One election takes place in each election zone:
- Fraser Zone
- Interior Zone
- Northern Zone
- Vancouver Coastal Zone
- Vancouver Island Zone
Certificate holders can only vote or run for election in the zone where they live.
Eligibility for nomination
To be eligible for nomination, an educator must:
- Hold a valid B.C. teaching certificate
- Live in the zone they plan to run in
- Be a practising teacher who, in the past two years, completed one of the following duties:
- Design, supervise and assess educational programs
- Instruct, assess and evaluate individual students and groups of students
Electoral candidates must be nominated by ten certificate holders who also live in the same zone.
2021 Election Results
The 2021 BC Teachers’ Council elections have been completed. Ballots were counted for four of the five zones on March 19, 2021. There was no election in one of the zones as only one candidate was nominated.
Jatinder Bir: declared elected
% of returned ballots: 2.1%
% of votes for elected candidate: 60.8%
Farid Azar: 70
Jatinder Bir: 329
Tara Olchowy: 142
Shelley Balfour: declared elected
% of returned ballots: 2.3%
% of votes for elected candidate: 82.3%
Shelley Balfour: 218
Danielle Neer: 47
Lisa Kishkan: declared elected
% of returned ballots: 3.2%
% of votes for elected candidate: 78.9%
Donald Fajemisin: 30
Lisa Kishkan: 112
Vancouver Coastal Zone:
Marjorie Dumont: declared elected
% of returned ballots: 2.6%
% of votes for elected candidate: 81.6%
Marjorie Dumont: 337
John O'Flynn: 76
Vancouver Island Zone:
Alice Kedves: 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.
A person elected to the BC Teachers' Council must take and sign, by oath or by solemn affirmation, a prescribed Oath Of Office (PDF) in accordance with section 11 of the Teachers Act.