Current Members of the BC Teachers' Council

Last updated on January 11, 2024

There are 18 members on the British Columbia Teachers' Council (BCTC):

  • Five members are elected by teachers
  • Four members are appointed by the minister based on nominations from the British Columbia Teachers' Federation
  • Seven members are appointed by the minister from other education partner groups' nominations
  • One member is appointed by the First Nations Education Authority 
  • One non-voting member is appointed to represent the minister 

List of BCTC Members

Member Name  Appointed or Elected Term Expires
Shelley Balfour Elected Interior Zone March 2024
Jatinder Bir Elected Fraser Zone March 2024
Lisa Kishkan Elected Northern Zone March 2024
Marjorie Dumont Elected Vancouver Coastal Zone March 2024
Alice Kedves Elected Vancouver Island Zone March 2024
Jo Cornthwaite Appointed B.C. Teachers' Federation April 2026
Adrienne Demers Appointed B.C. Teachers’ Federation April 2026
Jim Iker Appointed B.C. Teachers’ Federation April 2025
Danielle Neer Appointed B.C. Teachers’ Federation April 2024
Bob Holmes Appointed B.C. School Trustees Association April 2026
Terence Berting Appointed B.C. Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils April 2025
Anne Tenning Appointed First Nations Education Steering Committee April 2025
Vandy Britton Appointed Association of B.C. Deans of Education April 2024
Lesya Balsevich Appointed Federation of Independent School Associations April 2026
Beverly Young Appointed B.C. School Superintendents Association April 2024

Michelle LaBounty Huskilson
(Michelle LaBounty)

Appointed B.C. Principals' and Vice-Principals' Association April 2024
Mary Mollineaux Appointed First Nations Education Authority April 2026
Sarvi Brent Appointed Ministry of Education and Child Care At Pleasure

BCTC Member Biographies

Shelley Balfour

Shelley lives and works on the traditional and unceded homelands of the Ktunaxa and Kinbasket peoples in the Southeast Kootenay. She is currently on leave from her teaching position with School District No. 5 (Southeast Kootenay) to fulfill her role as local president of the Cranbrook District Teachers’ Association - a position she has held for the past 11 years. Outside of her teaching role, Shelley serves on the East Kootenay District Labour Council’s executive and on the BCTF Teacher Magazine Advisory Board, and she facilitates Professional and Social Issues (PSI) workshops for the Federation. Since completing her Masters in Educational Leadership through the University of Victoria, Shelley has held an instructor position with the University of Victoria’s East Kootenay Teacher Education Program (EKTEP) as well as supervising practicum. It brings her a sense of joy when teaching and supporting the upcoming educators.

Jatinder Kaur Bir

Jatinder is a secondary school teacher with the Surrey School District with a passion for equity and representation of B.C. teachers. For several years, Jatinder has been actively involved in both provincial and local leadership roles including elected positions on the Surrey Teachers' Association executive since 2012. Presently, Jatinder serves as the first South Asian president of the Surrey Teachers' Association. She is deeply committed to a just, equitable public education system, and understands that supporting the members of the profession plays a key role in this. Jatinder values the importance in diversity, multiple perspectives, ideas, and experiences and is engaged in decolonizing her teaching and union work. British Columbia teachers need support and an understanding of the way that all aspects of their professional practice are administered and the decision-making that has such a significant impact on the day-to-day lives of educators. Jatinder prioritizes transparency and accountability in this role. Jatinder’s post-secondary education includes a Master of Education in Educational Practice (Simon Fraser University), a Graduate Diploma in Advanced Professional Studies in Education (Simon Fraser University), a Bachelor of Education degree (University of British Columbia), and a Bachelor of Arts degree (Simon Fraser University).

Lisa Kishkan

Lisa is a primary teacher with the Quesnel School District. She has taught kindergarten through grade 9, and she spent many years teaching in special education. She has been a teacher leader and advocate for the profession for much of her career, serving first as professional development chair of her local for several years, before spending five years as local president. She was a member of the Provincial Working and Learning Conditions Committee and was chair of the BCTF Provincial Bargaining Team before returning to the classroom. Lisa continues to serve the profession through the mentorship of new teachers and the sponsorship of teacher candidate practicum students. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education through the University of Victoria, and has done extensive additional coursework, including masters’ courses through the University of Gonzaga, in special education, curriculum development, and leadership.

Marjorie Dumont

Marjorie has taught in elementary, secondary and post-secondary institutions. She is currently vice-president of the Vancouver Elementary and Adult Educators Society (VEAES). She taught in the Vancouver School District as a Resource/PE prep teacher. She also taught in the Surrey School District from 1997 to 2017. Marjorie was the assistant director for Aboriginal education in the Professional and Social Issues Division at the BCTF for a four-year term. She has been a member of the provincial Aboriginal Education Advisory Committee and for the Surrey Teachers' Association's Aboriginal Education Committee. Marjorie was a president and vice-president of the Provincial Specialist Association (PSA) Aboriginal Education Association. She developed and trained professional and social issues workshops.

Alice Kedves

Alice is the teacher-librarian and literacy teacher at Stelly's Secondary School in School District No. 63 (Saanich). Previously, in School District No. 79 (Cowichan), Alice taught learning assistance, English, socials, math, and was also a teacher-librarian. Alice lives in Victoria and has a son and daughter at the University of Victoria. Alice has a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Education from the University of Victoria and a Diploma in School Librarianship from the University of British Columbia. Over the years, Alice has held many board positions including PAC chair, president of Ladysmith Family and Friends, and various roles on her children's sport organizations including figure skating and football.  

Jo Cornthwaite

Jo acknowledges that she is an univited settler who lives, learns, and works on the unceded and traditional territories of the Snaw Naw As, Snuneymuxw and Stz’uminus Nations and strives to live, work and play in a manner that honours the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action. Jo is currently released from the classroom as the local president of the Nanaimo District Teachers' Association, a member of Nanaimo-Ladysmith Public Schools Syeyutsus Reconciliation Committee, and past chair of the Professional Issues Advisory Committee with the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation. When she is in the classroom, she is an inclusion support teacher at Nanaimo District Secondary School. Previously, she held positions as a K/1 classroom teacher at Randerson Ridge Elementary and as an elementary learning support/special education teacher at various schools in School District No. 68 (Nanaimo-Ladysmith). She holds a Master of Education in Special Education from Vancouver Island University, a Bachelor of Arts from Trent University, a Bachelor of Concurrent Education from Queen’s University, and a Diploma in Special Education from Nipissing University.

Adrienne Demers 

Adrienne is currently on leave from her work as a blended learning teacher at Kootenay Discovery School in School District No. 5 (Southeast Kootenay) on the traditional territory of the K’tunaxa people. She is an active member of the Fernie District Teachers’ Association where she is currently the local president.  She brings her experience from sitting on a number of district committees including the Framework for Enhancing Student Learning Committee, Communicating Student Learning Committee, and the Inclusion Committee. Further to this, Adrienne is involved with the BC Teachers’ Federation where she is currently the vice-president/registrar of the Provincial Intermediate Teachers’ Association, a member of the Professional Issues Advisory Committee, and a professional issues workshop facilitator with a focus on teacher wellness. She was an active member of the Ministry of Education Curriculum, Assessment, and Reporting Committee and sat on the Canadian Teachers' Federation Professional Issues Committee. Adrienne believes in a diverse and inclusive education system that meets the needs of and creates time and space for personal growth for all stakeholders. When she is not involved in this important work, Adrienne can be found spending quality time outdoors with her husband and two children. Adrienne holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours and a Bachelor of Arts from McMaster University, a Bachelor of Education from York University, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Special Education from Queen’s University. 

Jim Iker

Jim has over three decades of experience as an elementary school teacher, local union president and provincial leader. He was the president of the Burns Lake District Teachers’ Union for a number of years and served as president of the BCTF between 2013 and 2016. Prior to that, Jim was a BCTF vice-president for six years. Jim completed an honours Bachelor of Arts in sociology and political science at McMaster University before achieving his Bachelor of Education from Dalhousie University. He headed west after graduation and in the summer of 1977 arrived in the tiny community of Topley, west of Burns Lake, B.C. There he began his teaching career, with a class of 34 grade 2/3 students. He taught kindergarten for four years and the full range of elementary grades. Over the years he enhanced his credentials with additional studies in counselling, learning assistance and special education. Jim is currently a teacher teaching on call in School District No. 91 (Nechako Lakes) on the Burns Lake side. Jim was recently elected as president of the Burns Lake District Teachers' Union for 2023/24. He is currently in his 8th year on the British Columbia Teachers' Council and is vice-chair for the upcoming year.  

Danielle Neer

Since the early 2000s, Danielle has been an active volunteer and participant in many different community- and school-based initiatives. While attending university, she served as an elected member-at-large of the University of Victoria Students' Society and co-chaired two student associations, participated in graduate research on integrated child care and early education models, supported the development of a literacy program in schools, and was awarded UT/OISE's Institute for Child Study's (ICS) Leighton McCarthy Memorial Scholarship Award for scholastic excellence and contribution to the life of the Jackman Institute. Danielle recently served as a member of the Ministry of Education's Numeracy and Literacy Proficiency Project for Grades K-5 and continues to support her colleagues around the province as the Learning Assistance Teachers' Association's (LATA) president. She knows that collaborative opportunities benefit students and teachers living and working across the province and that these relationships support and enhance educational opportunities for all students of B.C. Danielle has a BA from the University of Victoria, a Master of Education degree from the University of Western Ontario, and a Master of Arts from the University of Toronto/Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. She currently lives and works in the Central Okanagan.

Bob Holmes

Bob first became involved in education through parent leadership at his children's school from the time his daughter entered kindergarten in 2004, spending 10 years in various PAC executive roles, and 8 1/2 years as treasurer, co-president, and president of the Surrey District Parent Advisory Council. Bob received BCCPAC’s George Matthews Award for Excellence in Parent Leadership in 2012. Bob is now in his third term as a school trustee, beginning his tenth year. He currently serves on the finance, policy, and learning liaison committees, and he chairs the Audit Committee. In the past, Bob has been part of the French immersion, Montessori, international baccalaureate, and student voice committees, as well as the board liaison to the ELL Consortium and Surrey DPAC. At the provincial level, Bob served on the BCSTA legislative (chaired his last year) and professional learning committees, and served as the metro branch president. Bob now chairs the Finance & Audit Committee, was elected to the BCSTA Board of Directors for the first time in 2022 and was re-elected in 2023 for a further two-year term. As a lifelong learner, Bob is looking forward to the opportunity to continue his journey on the British Columbia Teachers’ Council, helping to ensure B.C.’s entire wide range of diverse B.C. students receive an excellent education in safe, caring environments.

Terence Berting

Terry has been a volunteer parent leader and education advocate at the school, district, and provincial levels for almost 20 years. During that time, he has been involved in a wide variety of education committees that included the Education Partners Healthy Schools Committee and curriculum review, ERASE Bullying, and B.C. school sports committees. Terry served as president of the B.C. Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC) from 2012 to 2014 and received the organization’s Life Membership Award in 2016. He believes in the partnership  approach to education and has great respect for teachers and the critical role they play in the education system. He is passionate about inclusion and equality, and he believes in the need for genuine reconciliation. Terry has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Canadian Studies from  Simon Fraser University and a Diploma in Surveying from BCIT. He works in the land surveying industry. Terry is honoured to be appointed to a second term on both the British Columbia Teachers’ Council and the Professional Conduct and Disciplinary Board, and he is looking forward to continuing this important work.

Anne Tenning

Anne is a member of the Stz'uminus First Nation on Vancouver Island. Anne has been an educator in the K-12 public education system for over 20 years. In this time, she has worked as a secondary teacher and leader of Indigenous Education programs in various districts of B.C. Anne is now the senior manager of curriculum with the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC). Anne's late mother, Elizabeth Tenning, attended Kuper Island Residential School and Anne considers her mother to be her greatest influence and role model. In 2008, Anne received the Governor General's Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History. She currently lives with her husband on the beautiful, ancestral and unceded territories of the Secwepemc people in Salmon Arm, B.C.   

Vandy Britton  

Vandy is an associate professor in teacher education at the University of the Fraser Valley. Prior to moving to UFV, she worked in the Faculty of Education at SFU for eight years. Dr. Britton teaches across a wide variety of subjects and disciplines in the post-degree Bachelor of Education program at UFV (including diversity education, language arts education, arts-based education, Indigenous education, and reflective practice). She has extensive experience in K-12 schools in B.C. as a classroom teacher teaching high school English, dance, drama, and ESL. She also taught overseas in Japan for two years. Dr. Britton's scholarship and research interests include teacher education, arts-based inquiry, social justice/anti-racist education, culturally responsive pedagogy and teacher leadership.

Lesya Balsevich

Lesya has served 36 years as a B.C. educator with 30 of those years as an administrator (principal and associate superintendent) in the Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese (CISVA). As an associate superintendent for the past nine years, Lesya has focused on human resources, policy creation, teacher and administrator professional growth, and principal performance reviews. She currently serves on the Independent School Teacher Certification Standards Committee.

Beverly Young

Bev is currently the Superintendent of Schools in School District No. 53 (Okanagan-Similkameen). Previously, in School District No. 54 (Bulkley Valley), Bev was Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, Principal, Vice-Principal, Curriculum Helping Teacher, and middle school teacher. Bev has been an educator for more than 30 years with a passion for public education, professional learning, and mentoring current and future leaders at all levels. Bev has been involved in several provincial committees and councils including the BCSSA Board of Directors, the Rural Education Advisory Council and the Provincial Child Care Council.

Michelle Labounty Huskilson (Michelle LaBounty) 

Michelle is an elementary principal in School District No. 45 (West Vancouver). She has been a kindergarten to grade 7 teacher and has taught all subjects within the curriculum including band, STEAM, and musical theatre. Michelle’s passion for mentorship and capacity building in others has led her staff members to be teacher leaders and facilitators at professional development events and to successfully pursue positions in administration. Michelle holds a Diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music, a Bachelor’s degree in Science (Cell Biology and Genetics) from the University of British Columbia, a Bachelor’s degree in Education (Specialization in Elementary French) from the University of British Columbia, a Masters of Arts degree (Educational Leadership and Administration) from San Diego State University, and a Doctorate degree in Educational Policy and Leadership from the University of Kansas. She continues to balance her professional and academic pursuits with life as a wife, daughter and mother.

Mary Mollineaux

Mary Mollineaux is a member of the Tsq’escen Nation (Canim Lake). She is the executive director of the First Nations Education Authority (FNEA), which supports participating First Nations implementing education jurisdiction over their K-12 education systems. Prior to FNEA, Mary was the K-12 policy manager at the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC). Prior to FNESC, Mary practiced law for over four years serving primarily First Nations communities. Mary has a Bachelor of Arts (English Literature), Bachelor of Education (Elementary) and a law degree. She is dedicated to advancing First Nations education and to building education systems that support all students to achieve their full potential.

Sarvi Brent 

Sarvi is the Executive Director of the Teacher Regulation Branch at the Ministry of Education and Child Care. She holds a law degree from the University of British Columbia and has over 13 years of experience working as an adjudicator, fact-finder, advisor and leader in administrative tribunals, regulation, and education law and policy. She has worked on operational and policy initiatives across the education sector and with partners and rightsholders.