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

 

LFA Request For Proposal (RFP): Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Review

The Langara Faculty Association (LFA) is seeking an experienced diversity consultant to undertake an internal JEDI review, and make recommendations on the audit findings. The goal of this project is to advise on a strategic, coherent action plan to foster JEDI in the faculty association, and guide how we address social justice issues. This RFP is being issued by the Langara Faculty Association (LFA).

Details of the RFP: https://www.yourlfa.ca/sites/default/files/JEDI-LFA-RFP.pdf

Questions may be submitted at any time to Pauline Greaves Aylward, LFA President, by email at pauline.greavesaylward@yourlfa.ca until Sep 10, 2021.

Submit RFP’s to: lfa-rfp@yourlfa.ca in one pdf document with the subject line: JEDI RFP Submission Deadline: September 30th, 2021 16:00 (PST).

 

Solidarity with the Secwépemc People

 

The Langara Faculty Association (LFA) expresses our sincere sympathies to the families and communities impacted by the horrifying confirmation of a mass grave of 215 children at the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School on Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Territory. We wish to share our deepest condolences with the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, and at this shocking and sad time, we mourn with you. It is important that we acknowledge the brutality and ongoing impact of past actions and never allow them to occur again. We call on all Langarans to reach out and provide support to our colleagues, the campus community, and the community at large to help the healing and recovery.

We know that this traumatic news has adversely impacted many of our members, and we are here to support you in any way we can. In particular, we want to reach out to our Indigenous faculty members, and offer our assistance in getting the supports you may need. Please contact an LFA steward or any member of the Board and we would be glad to help.

Additionally, the National Indian Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide 24/7 support for residential school survivors and those affected: 1-866 925-4419.

The BC-based KUU-US Crisis Line Society provides a 24/7, toll-free crisis line that is First Nations and Indigenous-specific: 1-800-588-8717 or online at kuu-uscrisisline.com.

To all our relations, in solidarity and support,

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

Spring 2021 Board Election Results and May 14 AGM

March 15 update from Deborah Blacklock, Chief Returning Officer:

Please join me in congratulating Pauline Greave Aylward, who has been acclaimed the new LFA President.

April 15 update from Deborah Blacklock, CRO:

Please join me in congratulating Raged Anwar, who has been elected the new LFA Vice-President.

April 28 update from Deborah Blacklock, CRO:

The following people have been elected to the LFA Board:

Alison Curtis
Janet Douglas
Catherine Huth
Tanya Lewis
Colin Mills
Shelley-Anne Vidal
Joyce Wong

Thank you for participating in the election process.

Virtual AGM Friday May 14, 1:30 pm

The Annual General Meeting package has been distributed electronically to members, along with an invitation to the Zoom meeting. Please contact info@langarafaculty.ca if you did not receive the invitation.

It would be great to see you at the AGM, so please plan to attend (and encourage others to do so). One nice part of the meeting will be the opportunity to welcome the new LFA executive!