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The following is a summary description of the governance structure of the VSTA. For complete descriptions refer to the pdf VSTA Constitution & Bylaws.

Constitution & Bylaws
The Constitution and Bylaws establish the objectives and governance structures of the VSTA and can only be amended by a special resolution submitted at a general meeting and passed by a three-quarters majority of the members present and voting at such meeting.

General Meetings and the Annual General Meeting
The General Meeting (GM) is the sovereign body of the VSTA subject to the constitution, bylaws and policies of the association and to provisions concerning the Annual General Meeting (AGM). Policies established at a general meeting may only be changed or rescinded at a General Meeting.


The Council consists of the Executive Committee and Staff Representatives elected by Association members in each school.  Council meets once a month. Any VSTA member may attend and speak at a Council meeting.

Executive Committee
The Executive Committee directs and supervise the business and conducts the affairs of the VSTA. The EC meets monthly.

The members of the Executive Committee are elected at the AGM, these are:

  • President
  • First Vice President
  • Second Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Members at Large (7 or 8 depending on presence of Past President)
  • Local Representatives to the BCTF Representative Assembly (3)
  • Past President (for one year, if applicable)
  • Professional Development Committee Chairperson
  • Social & Eco-Justice Committee Chairperson
  • Health & Safety Committee Chairperson
  • Working/Learning Conditions & Bargaining Committee Chairperson
  • Teacher On Call Representative

pdf VSTA Goals

Standing Committees

Several Standing Committees are established by the VSTA Constitution and Bylaws. These committees are responsible for conducting some of the affairs of the VSTA and to provide recommendations and advice to the Executive Committee. The members of these standing committees are elected by the general membership at the AGM.


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