A special message of support to active school staff from Gerry Tiede, President of the BC Retired Teacher’s Association:
Dear Teachers, Administrators and Support Staff across British Columbia,
On April 22, the Executive of the BC Retired Teachers’ Association took time to reflect on the unprecedented circumstances faced by our friends and active colleagues in the school system.
I am writing on behalf of our 17,000 members to express our concern for your well-being and to express our confidence in all of you. We know that however challenging it is to work with students in the new ways that the COVID-19 pandemic demands, that you bring the characteristics always shown by teachers, support staff and school and district administrators. When faced with challenges great or small, you have always stepped forward to meet the needs of students through creative problem-solving and good-will. Your students know it now more than ever, and so do we.
We are so very proud to be part of the same history and fraternity as you. Although we are required to be physically separated right now, we want you to know that we are cheering you on from the sidelines!
We wish you good health. Your work is appreciated by your retired colleagues.
Thank you and stay well,
BC Retired Teachers’ Association