BCAEA Welcomes You!

Planning Well Under Way for 2025 Conference!

The 2024 conference has just finished but planning is already well under way for the 2025 conference. Stay tuned for updates on our keynote presenter and the many other sessions we will put on.

Please note: 
that we have been bumped from our usual February dates because of the Invictus Games, so for 2025 only, we will hold our conference on March 6-7, which isn’t a Pro-D date for most districts. We will be back to our normal February event in 2026.

Elections, Appointments and Thanks

At the AGM on February 16, elections were held to fill the positions of Treasurer, Secretary, and Communications Coordinator, each for two year terms. Congratulations to Jeniffer March, who was elected to the role of Treasurer. She teaches in the Comox Valley. Congratulations as well to Kirsten Andrews, from Campbell River, who was elected to the role of Secretary, and to Samara Stratton, from Kelowna, elected to the position of Communcations Coordinator. Their terms officially begin on July 1st.

On the Saturday following the conference, the Executive met for the post-conference follow-up, to continue planning for  2025 and beyond, and to make appointments for various positions. DJ Pauls was appointed Conference Coordinator, Karen Gadowsky was appointed Speaker Coordinator, Michele Genge was appointed Projects Coordinator,  and Mike Shaw was appointed Registrar. All appointed positions are for a term of one year, and take effect on July 1st.

Special thanks to Christine Thygesen who is leaving the executive after years of volunteering. We will miss her contributions as Registrar.

Association Activities

The BCAEA engages in a number of activities for its members, including holding a conference in Vancouver every February, 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.


The BCAEA is famous for the annual Challenge & Change conference (and the Schmooze, of course!).  The 2024 Conference lineup looks great. We’d love to see you there!

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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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BCTF members who attend our annual conference 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 maintains a website and publishes the conference brochure each fall, available as a downloadable PDF through our website. 

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