Advocate

Sometimes it’s necessary to stand up for what we believe in. To make our voices heard by our elected representatives. It’s a good way to exercise our beleaguered democracy as well as to be counted when critical social issues – such as quality public education – are at stake.

It’s time to be an education advocate. If signing internet petitions isn’t your thing, you can send an old fashioned letter. There are any number of sample or open letters floating around, which you can modify or copy directly. No need to reinvent the wheel :)

Email the folks in charge of this dog and pony show:

Christy Clark: premier@gov.bc.ca

Education Minister Peter Fassbender:  peter.fassbender.mla@leg.bc.ca  

And don’t forget your MLA! Use this handy dandy MLA Finder to find the email address of the MLA for your area.

While you’re at it it wouldn’t hurt to get in touch with municipal politicians and urge them to support our teachers. Here’s a list of mayors and city councils and another one of school trustees.

…or you can give them a ringy dingy:

If you prefer to call your government reps like Peter and Christy to give them a piece of your mind – you can do so without long distance charges. Call Service BC at the following numbers and they can connect you – for free – to any branch of the BC government. While you likely won’t get to speak to them directly you can leave a nice message with the government employee answering on their behalf. They keep track of how many calls they get – so light up those phone lines!

Hours of operation for Service BC are 7:30-5:00pm, Monday through Friday.

In Victoria call: 250 387-6121
In Vancouver call: 604 660-2421
Elsewhere in BC call: 1 800 663-7867
Outside British Columbia: 1 604 660-2421
Email address: EnquiryBC@gov.bc.ca

Telephone Device for the Deaf (TDD)
In Vancouver call: 604 775-0303
Elsewhere in BC call: 1 800 661-8773

Send it by snail mail:

An oldie but goodie. If you can afford a stamp, by all means pen your comments to our elected representatives. Bonus: elected representatives are required by law to respond to mail received via Canada Post.

The Honourable Christy Clark
Premier of British Columbia
Box 9041
Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC

Ministry of Education
PO Box 9161 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria BC V8W 9H3

Minister’s Office
Honourable Peter Fassbender
PO Box 9045 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria BC V8W 9E2

or by fax…?

Does anyone still  have a fax machine? OK, here goes:

Christy: 1 (250) 387-0087