Governance is the mechanisms, processes and relations by which STA is controlled and directed.  The following documents identify the distribution of rights and responsibilities among different participants in the Association and include the rules and procedures for making decisions and the processes through which the Association’s objectives are set and pursued.

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting is comprised of delegates and local representatives elected by members through locals and the eleven members of the Executive Committee. There are approximately 670 voting delegates at an Annual General Meeting. The AGM elects the Executive Committee, approves any changes to the by-laws, establishes priorities for the next year and makes the significant policy decisions of the Federation.

Constitution and By-laws

The Constitution and By-laws establish the rules by which the organization is run. The by-laws establish the division of responsibilities among the major decision making bodies and spell out what each level of decision making is authorized to do. The by-laws of the BCTF have to be followed by all bodies of the organization, including the AGM. Only the AGM can amend the by-laws, and only then with a 75% majority of delegates voting in favour.

Policies and Procedures

Policy statements are statements of objectives that the Surrey Teachers’ Association wishes to attain or retain, and/or beliefs expressed by the STA on any matter.  Procedure statements are statements of practice adopted by the STA to handle the business of the Association. The date and source of each motion are included where possible. To download or view STA’s current copy, please visit our Policies and Procedures.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee (EC) of the BCTF is elected by the AGM and consists of eleven members. Three of them serve in a full-time capacity: the President, First Vice-President and Second Vice-President. The EC has overall responsibility for the running of the Federation. It meets monthly with additional meetings as necessary. The EC is the employer of the Association’s staff and determines what work will be done in any given year. The EC also has responsibility for the creation and appointment of any committees or task forces.

Site-based Union Representatives

Union Representatives are in key leadership positions at their worksite. Your role can be compared to that of a shop steward in many other unions. You are the frontline legal representatives of the STA at your school. You are a key conduit of information from members to the union leadership and from the union leadership to members. No policy, action plan, or communication strategy will be brought to life in a school without the onsite skills, knowledge, and analytical capabilities of the school union rep.

Code of Ethics

The Code of Ethics states general rules for all members of the STA/BCTF for maintaining high standards of professional service and conduct toward students, colleagues, and the professional union.

Professional Standards

Professional Standards guide and advance the work of educators. These standards communicate the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that define educators’ work. They communicate the responsibility that educators have in fostering public confidence and highlight the complex and varied nature of educators’ work. The standard also reflect that educators contribute towards truth, reconciliation and healing, acknowledging the history and contributions of first Nations, Inuit, and Metis in Canada.