BCAEA Welcomes You!

2019 Conference

We are excited to share with you our line up for 2019. The sessions have been finalized, the keynote speaker, Dr. Gordon Neufeld,  is ready to go, and the conference brochure is available for download on our conference page. Once you are ready, you can also register for the conference from that same page. We look forward to seeing you there in 2019!

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 2018 conference is over and what a great conference it was! 563 of you registered, and from all reports, a good time was had by all. The lineup for 2019 is final and registration is open!


The Association provides $16,000 in Awards and Bursaries each year to elegible students and grants to member teachers. Just one of the perks of membership, so check out what we have to offer!


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.


The Association publishes the conference brochure each fall, and a newsletter in the fall and spring. Members choose to  receive these communications electronically or mailed as a paper copy.

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. This year we held elections for Secretary and Newsletter Editor. Congratulations to Michele Genge and Sean Blake on their election. The rotation for next year will see the positions of President and Vice President  come  up.

As well, we recently appointed Christine Thygesen as the new registrar, and we are pleased to welcome her to the Executive and excited that she has volunteered her time for the association.


Michele Genge teaches at Highland Secondary in Comox, BC. She is a long-time conference attender.

Newsletter Editor

Sean Blake teaches in the Rutland Learning Centre, part of Central Programs in Kelowna. 


Christine Thygesen is a teacher and counsellor at the Westside Learning Centre in West Kelowna.