Current Members of the BC Teachers' Council
There are 16 members on the BC Teachers' Council (BCTC):
- Five members are elected by teachers
- Three members are appointed by the minister based on nominations from the BC Teachers' Federation
- Seven members are appointed by the minister from other education partner groups' nominations
- One non-voting member is appointed to represent the minister
|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|
|Jim Iker||Appointed||BC Teachers’ Federation||April 2025|
|Adrienne Demers||Appointed||BC Teachers’ Federation||April 2023|
|Danielle Neer||Appointed||BC Teachers’ Federation||April 2024|
|Carolyn Broady||Appointed||BC School Trustees Association||April 2024|
|Terence Berting||Appointed||BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils||April 2025|
|Anne Tenning||Appointed||First Nations Education Steering Committee||April 2025|
|Vandy Britton||Appointed||Association of BC Deans of Education||April 2024|
|Joseph Colistro||Appointed||Federation of Independent School Associations||April 2023|
|Beverley Young||Appointed||BC School Superintendents Association||April 2024|
Michelle LaBounty Huskilson
|Appointed||BC Principals' and Vice-Principals' Association||April 2024|
|Sarvi Brent||Appointed||Ministry of Education and Child Care||At Pleasure|
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 5 to fulfill her role as Local President of the Cranbrook District Teachers’ Association—a position she has held for the past nine years. Before stepping into this role, Shelley was a Student Services teacher for over 24 years and was active in her union holding a variety of positions including Staff Rep, Local Vice-President, Bargaining team member, President of the East Kootenay Teachers’ Association, and Women in Negotiations team member. Outside of her teaching role, Shelley serves on the East Kootenay District Labour Council’s executive, on the BCTF Teacher Magazine Advisory Board, and 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 BC 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 Vice-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 to understand 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, and Jatinder prioritizes transparency and accountability in this role. Jatinder’s postsecondary education includes a Master of Education in Educational Practice (SFU), a Graduate Diploma in Advanced Professional Studies in Education (SFU), a Bachelor of Education Degree (UBC), and a Bachelor of Arts Degree (SFU).
Lisa is a Grade 2/3 teacher with the Quesnel School District. She has taught Kindergarten through Grade 9, and 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 served on the Provincial Bargaining Team for the BCTF 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 has taught in elementary, secondary and post-secondary institutions. She is currently teaching in the Vancouver School District as a Resource/PE prep teacher. She 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 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 daughter at the University of Victoria and a son at Mount Douglas Secondary. Alice has a B.Ed. and an M.Ed. from the University of Victoria and a Diploma in School Librarianship from UBC. 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.
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 most recently served as President of the BCTF for three years. Prior to that, Jim was a BCTF Vice-President for six years. Jim completed an honours BA in sociology and political science at McMaster University before achieving his B.Ed from Dalhousie. He headed west after graduation and in the summer of 1977 arrived in the tiny community of Topley, west of Burns Lake, BC. 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 on the Burns Lake side. Jim is in his fifth year on the Teacher Council and currently is the Chair of BCTC.
Adrienne is a teacher at Fernie Secondary 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 sits as the Vice-President and has been actively involved in 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 is a BCTF representative on the Canadian Teacher Federation’s Professional Issues Committee. She is an active member of the Ministry of Education Curriculum, Assessment, and Reporting committee. Adrienne believes in a diverse an 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. She is currently working towards her Professional Masters of Education at Queen’s University.
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 BC. 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.
First elected in 2011 as a trustee for the West Vancouver Board of Education, Carolyn has a passion for and a deep interest in public education. As Chair of the Board, she has been involved with a wide range of committees for the West Vancouver School District including Finance and Facilities, Human Resources, the President’s Committee and the Hiring Committee. Carolyn is currently Vice-President of the BC School Trustees Association and Vice-President of the Canadian School Board Association. Her provincial involvement has included, among other roles, Chair of the Professional Learning Committee and liaison to the BCSTA Board on their Legislative Committee and By-law Review Committee. Passionate about education, Carolyn would like to ensure that every child has the opportunity to excel and reach their potential.
Terry has been a volunteer parent leader and education advocate at the school, district and provincial levels for over 15 years. During that time, he has been involved in a wide variety of education committees including Curriculum Review, the Education Partners Healthy Schools Committee and ERASE Bullying and BC School Sports committees. Terry served as President of BCCPAC from 2012 to 2014 and was awarded a Life Membership in 2016. He believes in the ‘partnership’ approach to education and has great respect for teachers and the critical role they play in our education system. He is passionate about inclusion and equality, and he believes in the need for genuine reconciliation. Terry has a BA in Canadian Studies from Simon Fraser University, a Diploma in Surveying from BCIT and he works in the Land Surveying industry.
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 22 years both as a secondary teacher and as a principal, with a specialization in Indigenous education. She has taught in many parts of BC to learners of all ages from children to Elders. In July 2021, Anne joined the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC)) as the Manager of Curriculum. Anne's 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 on the beautiful, ancestral and unceded territories of the Secwepemc people in Salmon Arm, BC.
Vandy is an associate professor and the department head 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 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 BC 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.
Joe has been an educator for more than 35 years serving as a teacher and administrator for independent schools. He has held numerous leadership positions including Superintendent of Schools in both Alberta and British Columbia. Joe has extensive knowledge of international education and has been actively involved in external school evaluations and inspections in BC and abroad. In his role as Superintendent, Joe has been involved with human resources, budgeting, strategic planning, organizing professional development activities and workshops, and has been a presenter to board members, staff and parents. His focus has always been to create safe and caring learning environments for both staff and students. He is committed to student learning and excellence with a focus on creating a culture of continuous improvement. Joe holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta and a Masters in Educational Administration from the University of Victoria.
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 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, STEM, and musical theatre. Michelle’s passion for 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, and a Masters of Arts Degree (Educational Leadership and Administration) from San Diego State University. Michelle is currently challenging herself to grow as a scholar by pursuing knowledge as a doctoral candidate at the University of Kansas. As a full-time educator and a full-time student, she is balancing her professional and academic pursuits with life as a wife, daughter, and mother of two boys.
Sarvi is the acting 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 she has over 12 years of experience working as an adjudicator, factfinder, advisor and leader in administrative tribunals, regulation and education law and policy. She has also worked on operational and policy initiatives across the education sector and with partners and rightsholders.