BCAEA Welcomes You!

2021 Conference 

We are excited to announce that Vanguard Secondary will Keynote our 2021 conference, the 34th annual Challenge & Change, along with several dozen other sessions covering a wide variety of topics. More details to follow as the session lineup gels later this year. 

Association Activities

The BCAEA engages in a number of activities for its members, including holding a conference in Vancouver every February, publishing a newsletter twice a year, maintaining a provincial alternate programs directory, and providing a list serve. We also provide $16,000 annually in awards for eligible students and grants for eligible teachers.


Well, the 2020 conference is over and what a great conference it was! 488 of you registered, and 288 came to The Schmooze. Thanks to everyone who downloaded the conference app!

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Grants & Awards

The Association provides grants and awards to member teachers and awards and bursaries to member-sponsored students totalling $16,000.  Just one of the perks of membership!

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Attend our annual conference and automatically get a one year association membership. If you didn’t attend the conference, you can still pay the fee and join the PSA.

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The Association publishes the conference brochure each fall, and a newsletter in the fall and spring. Members choose to receive these as either an electronic or paper copies. 

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Elections and Appointments

At the AGM each year elections are held to fill positions on the Executive. President and Vice President are normally elected in odd years, and Treasurer, Secretary, and Newsletter Editor are elected in even years, all for two year terms. This year we held elections for Secretary, Newsletter Editor, and Treasurer.  

At Saturdays’s post-conference Executive Meeting (where work begins on planning next year’s conference), DJ Pauls was appointed Conference Coordinator, Karen Gadowsky was appointed Speaker Coordinator, Christine Thygesen was appointed Registrar, and Mike Shaw was appointed Publications Manager.  All appointed positions are for a term of one year.

Both elected positions and appointed positions take effect on July 1 each year.


Michele Genge teaches in the Advantage Program at Highland Secondary in Comox.

Newsletter Editor

Sean Blake teaches in the Rutland Learning Centre, a satellite of Central Programs & Services in Kelowna.


James Martyn is a teacher at Fraserview Learning Centre. He lives in Abbotsford.