Update on JEDI consultant - Selection of FMRA

At the March 2020 General meeting, a motion was approved that “The LFA will hire a consultant to undertake an internal JEDI review. This work will be inclusive of the LFA membership”. Following the election of the current Board, initiatives were undertaken to issue an RFP and form a selection committee to review submissions for recommendations.

The selection committee is pleased to announce that FMRA has been selected as the successful consultant. FMRA will employ Design Thinking, a methodology that prioritizes empathy and iteration throughout the project. Key aspects of their proposal include in-depth interviews with members and analysis of existing union governance documents. The project is slated to begin in mid-February and be completed with a final report with recommendations by July 2022. 

Stay tuned for an invitation to meet FMRA to kick off the event (date TBA). Please join us at that time for more information and discussions.

Members of the JEDI Selection Committee: Pauline Greaves-Aylward, Natalie Knight, Colin Mills, Lauren Vedal, Joy Walcott-Francis and Joyce Wong

For more information, contact Joyce Wong jwong@yourlfa.ca

LFA Board Elections & AGM - Important Dates for 2022

LFA Board - Schedule for 2022 Elections

Nominations  March 7 (Mon) to March 11 (Fri)
Campaign Notes Due March 16 (Wed)
Ballots out March 17 (Mon)
Ballots in by 3:30 p.m. March 23 (Wed), Counted: March 23 (Wed)

Nominations March 24 (Thurs) – March 30 (Wed)
Campaign Notes Due April 4 (Mon)
Ballots out April 5 (Tues)
Ballots in by 3:30 p.m. April 11 (Mon), Counted: April 11 (Mon)

Board Members
Nominations April 11 (Mon) - April 19 (Tues)
Campaign Notes Due April 22 (Fri)
Ballots out April 25 (Mon)
Ballots in by 3:30 p.m. April 29 (Fri), Counted: April 29 (Fri)


Save the date! LFA Annual General Meeting May 13
The Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday, May 13 at 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm.
Agenda packages will be distributed electronically prior to the meeting along with an invitation to the Zoom meeting. 

Invitation to join JEDI consultant selection committee

The LFA Board would like to invite expressions of interest to participate in the selection committee for a consultant to conduct an JEDI audit for the Langara Faculty Association. We are seeking 3 members who have strong interest in addressing JEDI issues, preferably with related experience. The selection committee will be responsible for facilitating the selection process including shortlisting of candidates, meeting/evaluating candidates and recommending a selection to the LFA Board. The selection process is expected to take place between October - December 2021/January 2022. 

We encourage members of underrepresented and/or equity deserving groups to express interest.

For more information about the RFP see: https://www.yourlfa.ca/rfp-jedi

Please complete this form to express your interest by October 8: https://forms.gle/Q8jyvMmHPb3NxpS57

FPSE letter to AEST on Safe Campus Decisions

With support from the LFA, on August 12 the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC (FPSE) sent a letter to the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training (AEST) expressing concerns about safe fall return to campus. In particular, FPSE expressed concerns about the one-size-fits-all approach outlined in the COVID-19 Return to Campus Guidelines issued by AEST on July 5, which limits the ability of post-secondary institutions to provide safe working and learning environments.

With 19 member locals, FPSE is a federation of independent unions representing over 10,000 faculty and staff at colleges and teaching universities across BC. The LFA is local 14 of FPSE.

Pauline Greaves Aylward, LFA President, on behalf of the LFA Board