Open Letter: LFA Gives the BC Government a Failing Grade

March 6, 2017
Vancouver, BC

An Open Letter to the Honorable Andrew Wilkinson, Minister of Advanced Education

Dear Minister Wilkinson,

If the BC government were a student, it would earn a failing grade for the analysis you offered to Global News on February 20 regarding post-secondary education in BC. As educators, we would like to offer the BC government some constructive feedback to improve the quality and accuracy of its statements to the public.

Open the Doors messages from students and faculty

LFA Kicks Off Transit Ad Campaign

Starting on Monday, February 20 and continuing till Sunday, April 9, the LFA will be running transit ads to pressure BC's political parties to restore funding to public colleges and universities and to inspire voters to cast their ballot in the provincial election of May 9.

To kick off the ad campaign, there will be a special launch at the College, in the foyer of A-building, on Monday, February 20 from 10:30am to 2:30pm. Faculty are asked to announce this event in class and to encourage students to drop by to share their opinion or their story of struggle in financing their education.

Students may share their message in various ways: by making a short video, by writing a message on our white board, or by taking a photo or selfie featuring one of our ads. We also urge them to share their messages on social media and to tag the Liberals and the NDP.

Last but not least, free chocolate will be available at Monday's launch!

For further information about the event, please contact Janet Douglas (

LFA Open the Doors Committee

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 10:30 to 14:30

Funding Crisis on Campuses Across BC: Langara Faculty Launch Transit Ad Campaign

Langara Faculty are worried about their students. Our students are in debt. They are exhausted. They are stressed. They are forced to spend too much time working and as a result have too little time to study. The financial stress on students is so great that Langara College is starting a food bank on campus.

It was not always like this. When many of us faculty got our degrees, the government covered 70-80% of costs, allowing us to focus on our studies. In the last 15 years, provincial funding per student has dropped by 20% at Langara College (and similar amounts at institutions across the province). Without a change in direction, where will this trend end?

Spring 2017 Board Elections

April 19, 2017 update from Deborah Blacklock, Chief Returning Officer:

The following have been duly nominated for the positions of the Directors of the LFA Board. As there are no further nominations, they are elected by acclamation for the 2017/2018 year:

Noel Currie
Janet Douglas
Cathy Huth
Darrell Kean
Brian Koehler
Paul Prosperi
Jessie Smith


March 27, 2017 update from Deborah Blacklock, Chief Returning Officer:

Please join me in congratulating Scott McLean who has been acclaimed LFA President and Alison Curtis who has been acclaimed as LFA Vice-President for the 2017/2018 year.


The schedule for 2017 LFA Board elections is now posted in full. It includes dates for nominations, campaign notes, balloting and counts for all Board positions.

Please contact Chief Returning Officer Deborah Blacklock if you have any questions about the elections or the election process.