It has been ten years since BCATML has bestowed a Lifetime Honorary Award. This prestigious award recognizes the outstanding contributions an individual has made to BCATML and its members, as well as promoting the teaching of second languages in British Columbia. At this year's Celebrating Languages Conference, BCATML's Executive Committee decided to honour two outstanding educational leaders who have clearly demonstrated an unwavering commitment towards second language education, not only in British Columbia, but also across Canada. This year's recipients are Diane Tijman and Dr. Wendy Carr.
Both Diane Tijman and Dr. Wendy Carr served on BCATML's Executive Committee in a variety of roles, including president between 2004-2006 and 2006-2008, respectively. They each have also served with the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers (CASLT), as well as Canadian Parents for French (CPF). While neither could be in attendance at this year's Annual General Meeting, both expressed their gratitude and heartfelt thanks for this award and were with us in spirit through the day tweeting from the Canadian Parents for French national convention. Congratulations and felicitations!
Members of BCATML's new and old Executive Committee. From left to right: Cindy Lister, Antonella Garcia, Tanya Campbell, Jacqueline Alvarado Cruz, Angela Kleine-Buning, Wendy Yamazaki, Stacia Johnson, Kindra Harte, Andrew McFayden, Ping Li, Stacey Sveistrup, Amandeep Chhina, Grace Ho, Trish Kolber, Rome Lavrencic.
Friday, October 19th, 2018
BCATML's signature event - Celebrating Languages - brought together over 400 Second Language Teachers, Educators, Retirees, TTOCs, Pre-Service Teachers, Exhibitors, Publishers, and Ministry representatives from différents parts of BC, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, the United States, and Saxony, Germany! This was a truly international second languages conference.
At the Annual General Meeting, the BCATML membership voted in its new Executive Committee for 2018-19. They are: Rome Lavrencic (President), Stacey Sveistrup (Vice-President), Wendy Yamazaki (Treasurer), Antonella Garcia (Secretary & Membership), Tanya Campbell (Elementary & Middle Years Rep.), Trish Kolber (French Rep.), Angela Kleine-Buning (German Rep.), Grace Ho (Japanese Rep.), Ping Li (Mandarin Rep.), Andrew McFayden (Other Languages Rep.), Amandeep Chhina (Punjabi Rep.), Kindra Harte (Spanish Rep.), and Cindy Lister (Web Manager).
President Rome Lavrencic gave special acknowledgement to this year's Conference Co-Chairs, Stacey Sveistrup and Kindra Harte, as well as the other members of the Conference Committee for their outstanding leadership and tireless commitment towards hosting an incredible day of learning and inspiration for all. Special thanks and acknowledgement were also given to this year's Executive retirees. Stacia Johnson has served on the Executive Committee for the last four years in the roles of Japanese Rep and Other Languages Rep. Jacqueline Alvarado Cruz has served on the Executive Committee for the last two years in the role of Spanish Rep. BCATML thanks both of these incredible women for their volunteerism and commitment towards improving second language education for all of British Columbia.
The Ministry of Education has recently updated its website and provided a number of resources and tools for teachers, parents, and students to use aligned to the redesigned curriculum. The Ministry has committed to providing new supports for classroom assessment over the next two years. One of the materials in the recent update includes the Assessment Literacy in B.C. video as well as several Kindergarten to Grade 9 classroom assessment supports.
Visit https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/classroom-assessment-and-reporting for more details.
BCATML will vote its new Executive Committee at this year's Annual General Meeting at the Richmond Executive Airport Plaza Hotel on Friday, October 19th, 2018. Nominations from the floor will be called three times. All contested positions will be voted by a single slate ballot. Nominated names may only be submitted for a single position. Only active BCTF members in good standing with BCATML may run for office and vote.
This year's list of nominees are as follows:
President: Rome Lavrencic
Vice-President: Stacey Sveistrup
Treasurer: Wendy Yamazaki
Secretary & Membership: Antonella Garcia
Elementary/Middle Years: Tanya Campbell
French representative: Trish Kolber
German representative: Angela Kleine-Buning
Japanese representative: Grace Ho
Mandarin representative: Ping Li
Punjabi representative: Amandeep Chhina
Spanish representative: Kindra Harte
Other Languages rep: Andrew McFayden
Web Manager: Cindy Lister
For a full listing all Executive roles and responsibilities, please visit our website (www.bcatml.org) under the About tab or download the summary in the file below.
BCATML's Executive Committee regularly reviews its constitution and makes necessary amendments as needed. At this year's Annual General Meeting on Friday, October 19th at the Richmond Executive Airport Plaza Hotel, BCATML will present an amendment to its constitution.
Motion: That Article 5 – Committees be amended to remove all co-positions as per BCTF recommendation and policy, and to add the role of Web Manager to the Executive. The Executive Committee shall not exceed 14 members.
The proposed amendment will read as follows:
Article 5 - Committees
1. The executive committee shall consist of the Past-president and the following members in good standing, all to be elected at the Annual General Meeting of the BCATML, for a term of one year. The executive committee shall not exceed 14 members.
a. Table officers: b. Other members:
i. Past-president i. Elementary/Middle Years Rep
ii. President ii. French representative
iii. Vice-president iii. German representative
iv. Secretary/Membership iv. Japanese representative
v. Treasurer v. Mandarin representative
vi. Punjabi representative
vii. Spanish representative
viii. Other Languages representative
ix. Web Manager
The constitution may be amended by a 75 percent majority vote of members present at the Annual General Meeting. Only active BCTF members in good standing with BCATML are eligible to vote.
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