Future of Public Education in BC

November 03, 2016

Patti Bacchus, Rory Brown, Diana Day, Alex Hemingway, Maggie Milne Martens, & Isabella Preite

Thursday, November 3, 7:00PM–9:00PM, Wilson Heights United Church, 1634 E. 41st Ave.

Co-sponsored by SFU's Institute for the Humanities & Ricochet.Media

This event takes place on unceded Coast Salish Territories. Admission is free and open to the public. 

Democracy and public education at risk in Vancouver

With the provincial government's dismissal of the elected Vancouver School Board earlier this month, students, parents, and the general public are alarmed and concerned about the state of public education in our city and province. Former trustees, parents, educators and student advocates will be participate in this event. 

Education Minister Mike Bernie has been invited to join this public dialogue, but has not responded to date. 


Patti Bacchus, former trustee, Vancouver School Board, elected in 2008, 2011 and 2014 with Vision Vancouver.
Rory Brown, President of the Vancouver Secondary Teachers' Association, BC Teachers' Federation.
Diana Day, Indigenous Community Advocate.
Alex Hemingway, policy analyst with Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
Maggie Milne Martens, Co-Founder, Steering Committee Member, P.A.N.
Isabella Preite, Student Trustee, VSB.

Moderated by Derrick O'Keefe, Ricochet Media.

Venue Notes

The sanctuary is accessible by the entrance near offices on sanctuary level, for those with mobility issues, or by the stairs to main doors on Argyle Street, and the washrooms on the sanctuary level are accessible as well. Since the downstairs area will be locked and gated, entry to the event will be at either end of the building, on the upper (sanctuary) level. There is outside lighting for security.

There is limited parking space in our parking lot at rear of church, as well as on 41st Ave and side streets. The church is at the 41st and Argyle stop on the #41 route.