B.C. teachers’ union gets new president

New BCTF President Glen Hansman.
New BCTF President Glen Hansman. Twitter

VANCOUVER – A Vancouver elementary school educator will be the next leader of the provincial teachers’ union.

Glen Hansman was acclaimed as the new president at the B.C. Teacher Federation’s 100th annual general meeting Monday.

The 42-year-old elementary school special education teacher will take over from outgoing president Jim Iker on June 30.

Iker’s three-year term included a long, contentious strike in 2014 when teachers squared off against the province over salaries and class composition.

Hansman has been a vice-president with the federation since 2010, and was previously the president of the Vancouver Elementary School Teachers Association.

He says his goals include improving teaching and learning conditions in B.C. schools, and working to address discrimination in the education system.

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