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  • STA Fall 2021 Awards Recipients

    Winning a scholarship/bursary is a happy and proud moment, not just for the winner but also for the parents, extended family, friends and, of course, the Surrey Teachers’ Association (STA)Read more

  • Ideas to balance the loss of Monday and Friday prep times?

    At many elementary schools, a few teachers end up with Friday and Monday prep times.  As most statutory holidays fall on these days, these teachers end up with significantly lessRead more

  • Social Justice Reps

    Every school site should have a Social Justice Rep as part of the union team that includes the Staff Rep, Health & Safety Rep, and Pro-D Rep. Because the BCTFRead more

  • Mask Wearing Non-Compliance

    When discussing concerns about mask wearing non-compliance with administration, ensure that you have the Public Health Order handy. The wording in the order is much stronger than the Health andRead more

  • Surrey Teachers’ Favourite Teachers

    To celebrate World Teachers’ Day 2021 on Tuesday, October 5, we called for stories of Surrey Teachers’ favourite teachers in last week’s STA Connection. Here are the entries we received: Raman Badesha – TTOC My favourite teacher was Ms. HenryRead more

  • New Reporting Policy

    The Ministry of Education has released a draft form of a new K–12 Student Reporting Policy which includes significant changes to the current reporting order. Teachers, parents, and students have fromRead more

  • CoDevelopment Canada’s Fall Online Fundraiser

    The STA International Solidarity Committee has tickets to CoDevelopment Canada’s Fall Online Fundraiser “From the Classroom to the Streets: Spotlight on Teachers’ Movements in the Andes” on Saturday, October 16 at 4pm.Read more

  • BCTF Social Justice Grants

    As members of a Social Justice union, Surrey teachers can access BCTF Social Justice grants. These grants are offered by the BCTF to promote social justice initiatives in locals, schools and classrooms. TheRead more

Land Acknowledgement

Surrey teachers work on the unceded traditional territories of the Kwantlen, Katzie, Qayqayt and Semiahmoo First Nations. As part of meaningful reconciliation work, we reflect on the impacts of colonialism through self-education in order to be accountable to Indigenous people and pay attention to our students of Indigenous ancestry, providing them the tools for their success in the future. We are all on a path to learn more and understand the role of each of us as educators in healing the broken relationship with the First Peoples of these shared territories. We thank those who live on and care for the land.

The Advocate


The Advocate is a seasonal publication for members. The Advocate contains a report from the President, information from the table officers, updates, and information on current educational issues and issues of importance to Surrey teachers.