BC School Board Trustee Campaign - Say NO to mandating 'jabs' for educators and support staff

BC School Trustee Campaign

Vote NO to Mandating “Jabs” for Educators and Support Staff!

In British Columbia, Action4Canada launched a campaign directed at the School Board trustees in response to the government directing School Boards to decide on whether to mandate vaccinations for school staff.

Over 130 volunteers across BC offered to help serve the Notices of Liability to their local school districts.

The following BC School Boards have been SERVED:
 
SD5 – Southeast Kootenay
SD6 – Rocky Mountain
SD8 – Kootenay Lake
SD10 – Arrow Lakes
SD19 – Revelstoke
SD20 – Kootenay-Columbia
SD22 – Vernon
SD23 – Central Okanagan
SD27 – Cariboo-Chilcotin – VOTED NO
SD28 – Quesnel
SD33 – Chilliwack – VOTED NO
SD34 – Abbotsford – VOTED NO
SD35 – Langley – VOTED NO
SD36 – Surrey – VOTED NO
SD38 – Richmond – VOTED NO
SD39 – Vancouver – VOTED NO
SD40 – New Westminster – VOTED NO
SD41 – Burnaby – VOTED NO
SD42 – Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows – VOTED NO
SD43 – Coquitlam
SD44 – North Vancouver
SD45 – West Vancouver
SD46 – Sunshine Coast – VOTED NO
SD47 – Powell River – VOTED NO
SD48 – Sea to Sky- VOTED NO
SD49 – Central Coast
SD50 – Haida Gwaii
SD51 – Boundary
SD52 – Prince Rupert
SD53 – Okanagan Similkameen
SD57 – Prince George – VOTED NO
SD58 – Nicola-Similkameen
SD59 – Peace River South
SD60 – Peace River North
SD61 – Victoria
SD62 – Sooke
SD63 – Saanich
SD64 – Gulf Islands
SD67 – Okanagan Skaha
SD68 – Nanaimo
SD69 – Qualicum
SD71 – Comox Valley – VOTED NO
SD72 – Campbell River – VOTED NO
SD73 – Kamloops/Thompson
SD74 – Gold Trail
SD75 – Mission – VOTED NO
SD79 – Cowichan Valley
SD84 – Vancouver Island West
SD85 – Vancouver Island North
SD87 – Stikine
SD92 – Nisga’a
SD93 – Conseil scolaire francophone
The following school districts are in the process of being served:
 
SD37 – Delta
SD54 – Bulkley Valley
SD70 – Alberni
SD78 – Fraser-Cascade
SD81 – Fort Nelson
SD82 – Coast Mountains
SD83 – North Okanagan-Shuswap
SD91 – Nechako Lakes

NEWS

15 school boards have announced that they will NOT be mandating vaccinations for school staff.

1. NEW WESTMINSTER SCHOOL BOARD (SD40)

Oct 27, 2021 – The New Westminster Board of Education put out the following statement:

“After carefully weighing the data and guidance and taking into consideration the measures we already have in place, and those that can be applied if additional need arises, the Board of Education has decided that we will not move forward with a staff mandate in New Westminster”

SD40 Press Release: New Westminster Board of Education – Oct 27, 2021

The New Westminster School Board was served on Oct 26, 2021.

2. SURREY SCHOOL BOARD (SD36)

Nov 2, 2021 – After carefully considering the matter, the Surrey Board of Education has decided to not mandate COVID vaccines for staff.

“We have an obligation to our community to keep our schools open and to continue providing a safe learning environment for our students. Schools are a low-risk setting for transmission and public health experts have assured us that our schools are safe and that we do not need 100% vaccination rates for safe operation.”

SD36 Press Release: Surrey Board of Education Announcement – Nov 2, 2021

The Surrey School Board was served on Oct 18, 2021.

3. ABBOTSFORD SCHOOL BOARD (SD34)

Nov 3, 2021 – At an in-camera meeting on November 2, 2021, the Abbotsford Board of Education deliberated on the implications of a potential proof of vaccine mandate for all K-12 staff. After careful consideration and discussion, and following the K-12 Sector Guidelines for vaccination Policies document, the Abbotsford Board of Education has decided not to mandate proof of vaccination for staff.

SD34 Press Release: Abbotsford Board of Education Announcement – Nov 3, 2021

The Abbotsford School Board was served on Oct 23, 2021.

4. VANCOUVER SCHOOL BOARD (SD39)

Nov 4, 2021 – The Vancouver School Board has announced that it will not mandate COVID vaccines for teachers and other staff. Vancouver School Board chair Carmen Cho made the announcement today, Nov 4, 2021 following a similar decision from the Surrey School Board on Tuesday.

SD39 Press Release: Vancouver Board of Education Announcement – Nov 4, 2021

The Vancouver School Board was served on Oct 25, 2021.

5. CHILLIWACK SCHOOL BOARD (SD33)

Nov 8, 2021 – In an official statement issued today, board vice-chair Trustee Jared Mumford said that after an evaluation process involving data shared by Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health medical officers with superintendents and board chairs, it was decided that a vaccination mandate was not necessary in school settings.

SD33 Press Release: Chilliwack Board of Education Announcement – Nov 8, 2021

The Chilliwack Board gave the same standard answer that all School Boards voting no are giving, “high vaccination and low transmission.” This is very convenient but the truth is that trustees are concerned about liability as reported by The Chilliwack Progress.

The Chilliwack School Board was served on Oct 28, 2021.

6. CAMPBELL RIVER SCHOOL BOARD (SD72)

Nov 9, 2021 – The Campbell River School District announced  that they will NOT mandate COVID vaccinations for staff.

SD72 Press Release: Campbell River Board of Education Announcement – Nov 9, 2021

The Campbell River School Board was served on Nov 4, 2021.

7. MISSION SCHOOL BOARD (SD75)

Nov 10, 2021 – The Mission School District announced that after careful consideration of the matter, they have decided to not implement a COVID vaccine mandate for staff.

SD75 Press Release: Mission Board of Education Announcement – Nov 10, 2021

The Mission School Board was served on Oct 21, 2021.

8. BURNABY SCHOOL DISTRICT (SD41)

Nov 10, 2021 – The Burnaby School District announced that they will not require COVID vaccination for district staff.

SD41 Press Release: Burnaby Board of Education Announcement – Nov 10, 2021

The Burnaby School Board was served on Oct 26, 2021.

9. LANGLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT (SD35)

Nov 12, 2021 – At a special in-camera meeting on Tuesday November 9, 2021, the Langley Board of Education voted not to proceed with a vaccination mandate for staff. After discussing and deliberating, the Board determined the benefits of a vaccine mandate for staff do not outweigh the risks.

SD35 Press Release: Langley School District Announcement

The Langley School Board was served on Oct 26, 2021

10. SUNSHINE COAST SCHOOL DISTRICT (SD46)

Nov 12, 2021 –  Sunshine Coast Board of Education Chair Amanda Amaral has released the following statement regarding Covid-19 vaccination mandates for staff.

SD46 Press Release: Sunshine Coast Board of Education

“The BCCDC and VCH have repeatedly indicated that they do not believe that a public health order requiring mandatory vaccination of staff is required to ensure the safety of staff and students in schools.”

“The provincial guideline discusses the possibility of requesting voluntary self-disclosure of vaccination status by staff. Due to privacy legislation data collection would not be mandatory and with voluntary self-disclosure, there would be issues with the reliability due to incomplete data.”

11. MAPLE RIDGE & PITT MEADOWS SCHOOL DISTRICT (SD42)

Nov 12, 2021 – Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Board Decides Against Vaccine Mandate for Staff

After careful deliberation, the School District 42 Board of Education has decided against mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for staff.

12. PRINCE GEORGE SCHOOL DISTRICT (SD57)

Nov 15, 2021 – The Prince George Board of Education has decided against a vaccine mandate for its staff.

Sharel Warrington, Chair for the SD57 Board of Education said they will not pursue a vaccine mandate unless directed by Public Health officials.

The Prince George School Board was served on Oct 25, 2021

13. SEA TO SKY SCHOOL DISTRICT (SD48)

Nov 16, 2021 – The Sea to Sky Board of Education announced their decision that they will NOT be implementing a mandatory vaccination for staff.

The Sea to Sky School Board was served on Oct 27, 2021.

14. POWELL RIVER SCHOOL DISTRICT (SD47)

Nov 22, 2021 – The Powell River Board of Education announced their decision that they will NOT be implementing a mandatory vaccination for staff.

The Powell River School Board was served on Nov 17, 2021.

15. COMOX VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT (SD71)

Nov 23, 2021 – The Comox Valley Board of Education announced their decision that they will NOT be implementing a mandatory vaccination for staff.

The Comox Valley School Board was served on Oct 26, 2021.

16. COQUITLAM SCHOOL DISTRICT (SD43)

Nov 24, 2021 – The Coquitlam Board of Education announced their decision that they will NOT be implementing a mandatory vaccination for staff.

The Coquitlam School Board was served on Oct 19, 2021.

17. RICHMOND SCHOOL DISTRICT (SD38)

Nov 25, 2021 – The Richmond Board of Education announced their decision that they will NOT be implementing a mandatory vaccination for staff.

The Richmond School Board was served on Oct 27, 2021.

18. CARIBOO-CHILCOTIN SCHOOL DISTRICT (SD27)

Nov 25, 2021 – The Cariboo-Chilcotin Board of Education announced their decision that they will NOT be implementing a mandatory vaccination for staff.

The Cariboo-Chilcotin School Board was served on Oct 26, 2021.

The following BC School Board Trustees have been served with Notices of Liability, along with a Letter to the Trustee and a copy of the School Act: 

SD23 Central Okanagan – SERVED Oct 13, 2021
 
Moyra Baxter – Chairperson
 
Norah Bowman – Trustee
 
Wayne Broughton – Trustee
 
Chantelle Desrosiers – Trustee
 
Julia Fraser – Trustee
 
Amy Geistlinger – Trustee
 
Lee-Ann Tiede – Trustee
SD42 Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows – SERVED Oct 15, 2021
 
Korean Carreras – Chairperson
 
Elaine Yamamoto – Vice Chair
 
Kim Kumore – Trustee
 
Mike Murray – Trustee
 
Pascale Shaw – Trustee
 
Kathleen Sullivan – Trustee
 
Collette Trudeau – Trustee
SD36 Surrey – SERVED Oct 18, 2021
 
Laurie Larsen – Chairperson
 
Terry Allen – Vice-Chairperson
 
Bob Holmes – Trustee
 
Laurae McNally – Trustee
 
Garry Thind – Trustee
 
Gary Tymoschuk – Trustee
 
Shawn Wilson – Trustee

UPDATE: Nov 2, 2021:

After carefully considering the matter, the Surrey Board of Education has decided to not mandate COVID-19 vaccines for staff.

“We have an obligation to our community to keep our schools open and to continue providing a safe learning environment for our students. Schools are a low-risk setting for transmission and public health experts have assured us that our schools are safe and that we do not need 100% vaccination rates for safe operation.”

Read full statement: Surrey Board of Education Announcement 

SD5 Southeast Kootenay – SERVED: Oct 18, 2021
 
Frank Lento, Board Chair
 
Trina Ayling – Trustee
 
Bev Bellina – Trustee
 
Krista Damstrom – Trustee
 
Wendy Turner – Trustee
 
Kathryn Kitt – Trustee
 
Chris Johns – Trustee
 
Doug McPhee – Trustee
 
Patricia Whalen – Trustee
SD58 Nicola-Similkameen – SERVED Oct 18, 2021
 
Gordon Swan – Chair
 
Gordon Comeau – Vice-Chair
 
John Chenoweth – Trustee
 
Everett Hoisington – Trustee
 
Brian Jepsen – Trustee
 
Dave Rainer – Trustee
 
Leah Ward – Trustee
SD61 Victoria – SERVED Oct 19, 2021
 
Ann Whiteaker – Chair
 
Rob Paynter – Vice-Chair
 
Diane McNally – Trustee
 
Nicole Duncan – Trustee
 
Tom Ferris – Trustee
 
Angie Hentze – Trustee
 
Elaine Leonard – Trustee
 
Ryan Painter – Trustee
 
Jordan Watters – Trustee
SD44 North Vancouver – SERVED Oct 19, 2021
 
George Tsiakos, Board Chair
 
Kulvir Mann – Vice-Chair
 
Cyndi Gerlach – Trustee
 
Megan Higgins – Trustee
 
Linda Munro – Trustee
 
Christie Sacré – Trustee
 
Mary Tasi Baker – Trustee
SD43 Coquitlam – SERVED Oct 19, 2021
 
Barb Hobson – Chair 
 
Jennifer Blatherwick – Trustee
 
Craig Woods – Trustee
 
Christine Pollock – Trustee
 
Michael Thomas – Trustee 
 
Lisa Park – Trustee
 
Keith Watkins – Trustee
 
Kerri Palmer Isaak – Trustee
SD28 Quesnel – SERVED Oct 19, 2021
 
Tony Goulet – Chair
 
Gloria Jackson – Vice-Chair   
 
David Chapman – Trustee   
 
Wendy Mahoney – Trustee   
 
Julie-Anne Runge – Trustee   
 
Howie Schonke – Trustee 
 
Cyril Tobin – Trustee   

SD22 Vernon – SERVED: Oct 20, 2021

Gen Acton – Chairperson

Jenn Comazzetto – Trustee

Mark Olsen – Trustee

Lori Mindnich – Trustee

Mollie Bono – Trustee

Tom Williamson – Trustee

Jenelle Brewer – Trustee

Robert Lee – Trustee

SD75 Mission – SERVED Oct 21, 2021
 
Tracy Loffler – Chair
 
Randy Cairns – Vice-Chair
 
Shelley Carter – Trustee
 
Rick McKamey – Trustee
 
Julia Renkema – Chair
SD20 Kootenay-Columbia – SERVED Oct 22, 2021
 
Catherine Zaitsoff – Chair
 
Darel Ganzert – Vice Chair
 
Kristin Ali – Trustee
 
Gordon Smith – Trustee
 
Terry Hanik – Trustee
 
Mark Wilson – Trustee
 
Stephen Piccolo – Trustee
 
Toni Druitti – Trustee
 
Talin Verigin – Trustee
SD34 Abbotsford – SERVED Oct 23, 2021
 
Stan Petersen – Chair
 
Rhonda Pauls – Vice-Chair
 
Phil Anderson – Trustee
 
Freddy Latham – Trustee
 
Korky Neufeld – Trustee
 
Preet Rai – Trustee
 
Shirley Wilson – Trustee

UPDATE: Nov 3, 2021:

At an in-camera meeting on November 2, 2021, the Abbotsford Board of Education deliberated on the implications of a potential proof of vaccine mandate for all K-12 staff. After careful consideration and discussion, and following the K-12 Sector Guidelines for Vaccination Policies document, the Abbotsford Board of Education has decided not to mandate proof of vaccination for staff.

Read full statement: Abbotsford School District Nov 3 Announcement

SD39 Vancouver – SERVED Oct 25, 2021
 
Carmen Cho – Chair
 
Estrellita Gonzalez – Vice-Chair
 
Fraser Ballantyne – Trustee
 
Lois Chan-Pedley – Trustee
 
Janet Fraser – Trustee
 
Oliver C. Hanson – Trustee
 
Barb Parrott – Trustee
 
Jennifer Reddy – Trustee
 
Allan Wong – Trustee

UPDATE: Nov 4, 2021:

The Vancouver School Board has announced that it will not mandate COVID-19 vaccines for teachers and other staff. Vancouver School Board chair Carmen Cho made the announcement today, Nov 4, 2021 following a similar decision from the Surrey School Board on Tuesday.

News link: https://vancouversun.com/news/covid-19-no-vaccine-mandate-for-vancouver-school-staff

SD57 Prince George – SERVED Oct 25, 2021
 
Sharel Warrington, Board Chair
 
Ron Polillo – Vice-Chair
 
Tim Bennett – Trustee
 
Bob Thompson – Trustee
 
Betty Bekkering – Trustee
SD8 Kootenay Lake – SERVED Oct 25, 2021
 
Lenora Trenaman, Board Chair
 
Sharon Nazaroff – Vice-Chair
 
Cody Beebe – Trustee
 
Susan Chew – Trustee
 
Becky Coons – Trustee
 
Allan Gribbin – Trustee
 
Dawn Lang – Trustee
 
Bill Maslechko – Trustee
 
Sheri Walsh – Trustee
SD10 Arrow Lakes – SERVED Oct 25, 2021
 
Lenora Trenaman, Board Chair
 
Sharon Nazaroff – Vice-Chair
 
Cody Beebe – Trustee
 
Susan Chew – Trustee
 
Becky Coons – Trustee
 
Allan Gribbin – Trustee
 
Dawn Lang – Trustee
 
Bill Maslechko – Trustee
 
Sheri Walsh – Trustee
SD67 Okanagan Skaha – SERVED Oct 25, 2021
 
James Palanio – Chair
 
Shelley Clarke – Vice Chair
 
Kathy Pierr – Trustee
 
Barb Sheppard – Trustee
 
Dave Stathers – Trustee
 
Linda Van Alphen – Trustee
 
Tracy Van Raes – Trustee
SD79 Cowichan Valley – SERVED Oct 25, 2021
 
Candace Spilsbury, Board Chair
 
Elizabeth Croft – Trustee
 
Rob Hutchins – Trustee
 
Joe Thorne – Trustee
 
Barb de Groot – Vice Chair
 
Randy Doman – Trustee
 
Joanne Kemmler – Trustee
SD27 Cariboo-Chilcotin – SERVED Oct 26, 2021
 
Linda Martens – Board Member
 
Mary Forbes – Board Member
 
Willow Macdonald – Board Member
 
Ciel Pataude – Board Member
 
Angie Delainey – Board Member
 
Alexis Walch – Board Member
 
Anne Kohut – Board Member
SD40 New Westminster – SERVED Oct 26, 2021
 
Gurveen Dhaliwal – Chair
 
Dee Bearttie – Vice Chair
 
Anita Ansari – Trustee
 
Danielle Connelly – Trustee
 
Mark Gifford – Trustee
 
Mary Lalji – Trustee
 
Maya Russell – Trustee

UPDATE: Oct 27, 2021:

The New Westminster Board of Education put out the following statement:

“After carefully weighing the data and guidance and taking into consideration the measures we already have in place, and those that can be applied if additional need arises, the Board of Education has decided that we will not move forward with a staff mandate in New Westminster”

Read full statement: New Westminster SD40 Vaccine Policy

SD35 Langley – SERVED Oct 26, 2021
 
Rod Ross – Chairperson
 
David Tod – Vice-Chair
 
Shelley Coburn – Trustee
 
Charlie Fox – Trustee
 
Suzanne Perreault – Trustee
 
Tony Ward – Trustee
 
Marnie Wilson – Trustee
SD41 Burnaby – SERVED Oct 26, 2021
 
Jen Mezei – Chair
 
Bill Brassington – Vice Chair
 
Gary Wong – Trustee
 
Peter Cech – Trustee
 
Christine Cunningham – Trustee
 
Larry Hayes – Trustee
 
Ryan Stewart – Trustee
SD71 Comox Valley – SERVED Oct 26, 2021
 
Sheila McDonell – Chair
 
Michelle Waite – Vice Chair
 
Tonia Frawley – Trustee
 
Janice Caton – Trustee
 
Kat Hawksby – Trustee
 
Sarah Jane Howe – Trustee
 
Cristi May Sacht – Trustee
SD63 Saanich – SERVED Oct 26, 2021
 
Tim Dunford – Board Chair
 
Elsie McMurphy – Board Vice-Chair
 
Nola Silzer – Trustee
 
Teri Vanwell – Trustee
 
Sheila Stelck – Trustee
 
Victoria Martin – Trustee
 
Alicia Holman – Trustee
SD38 Richmond – SERVED Oct 27, 2021
 
Norm Goldstein – School Liaison
 
Ken Hamaguchi – School Liaison
 
Heather Larson – School Liaison
 
Richard Lee – School Liaison
 
Sandra Nixon – School Liaison
 
Donna Sargent – School Liaison
 
Debbie Tablotney – School Liaison
SD48 Sea to Sky – SERVED Oct 27, 2021
 
Rebecca Barley – Chair
 
Cynthia Higgins – Vice-Chair
 
Rick Price – Trustee
 
Ian Kent – Trustee
 
Celeste Bickford – Trustee
 
Rachael Lythe – Trustee
 
David Walden – Trustee

SD53 Okanagan-Similkameen – SERVED Oct 27, 2021

Rob Zandee – Chair
 
Casey Brouwer –  Vice Chair
 
Debbie Marten – Trustee
 
Rachel Allenbrand – Trustee
 
Myrna Coates – Trustee
 
Brenda Dorosz – Trustee
 
Janice Stevens – Trustee
SD6 Rocky Mountain – SERVED Oct 28, 2021
 
Amber Byklum – Chairperson
 
Sandra Smaill – Vice Chair
 
Ron McRae – Trustee
 
Betty-Lou Barrett – Trustee
 
Jane Fearing – Vice Chair
 
Rhonda Smith – Trustee
 
Scott King – Trustee
 
Jane Thurgood Sagal – Trustee
 
Ryan Stimming – Trustee
SD33 Chilliwack – SERVED Oct 28, 2021
 
Willow Reichelt – Chair
 
Jared Mumford – Vice Chair
 
Carin Bondar – Trustee
 
Darrell Furgason – Trustee
 
Heather Maahs – Trustee
 
Barry Neufeld – Trustee
 
David Swankey – Trustee
SD62 Sooke – SERVED Oct 29, 2021
 
Ravi Parmar – Chair
 
Bob Beckett – Vice-Chair
 
Wendy Hobbs – Trustee
 
Bob Phillips – Trustee
 
Dianna Seaton – Trustee
 
Margot Swinburnson – Trustee
 
Allison Watson – Trustee
SD85 Vancouver Island North – SERVED Nov 3, 2021
 
Leightan Wishart – Chair
 
Jeff Field – Vice Chair
 
Leanne Farrell – Trustee
 
Eric Hunter – Trustee
 
Carol Prescott – Trustee
 
Paul Cann – Trustee
 
Lawrie Garrett – Trustee
SD72 Campbell River – SERVED Nov 4, 2021
 
John Kerr – Board Chairperson
 
Kat Eddy – Vice Chairperson
 
Shannon Briggs – Trustee
 
Richard Franklin – Trustee
 
Daryl Hagen, Trustee
 
Joyce McMann – Trustee
 
Susan Wilson – Trustee