Principals, vice-principals not part of union

Principals and vice-principals have been part of a voluntary association since 1988.

Editor: I read with interest the letter you received from Jan Stuart (The Times, Jan. 5).

I would like to correct some inaccurate information.

Contrary to what the writer states, B.C.’s public school principals and vice-principals do not belong to a union and haven’t since 1988, when they formed an autonomous professional association with voluntary membership.

The majority of eligible members, more than 92 per cent of B.C.’s public school principals and vice-principals, belong to the B.C. Principals’ & Vice-Principals’ Association (BCPVPA), which is not at the bargaining table and has not been involved in any discussions regarding teacher bargaining.

The BCPVPA exists to support the needs of our members in their roles as educational leaders. The association also works to give students in the province a voice in their education through BC Student Voice.

You can learn more about the association at www.bcpvpa.bc.ca or see short interviews with 20 of our members by visiting www.facebook.com/thePrincipalConnection.

Jameel Aziz, president, BCPVPA,

Vancouver