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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Education Minister Peter Fassbender: peter.fassbender.mla
And don’t forget your MLA! Use this handy dandy MLA Finder to find the email address of the MLA for your area.
…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.
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
Stn Prov Govt
Ministry of Education
PO Box 9161 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria BC V8W 9H3
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