We need to bring the FSA community together and show a united front. We want members to see that the FSA is a strong representation of who they are, that the FSA is an effective vehicle for advocating for themselves and their students and that the FSA gives them an important role in negotiating the future of post-secondary education in BC. Our story needs to be shared with all key stakeholders inside and outside of BCIT. Together we can make a difference.
Helping students! In my opinion there isn’t a better way to make a difference in someone’s life than through education. It is a gift that gives for a lifetime and it supports not just the person being educated, but their family and society. I feel very privileged to work at BCIT and to contribute to the success of many students. In my current role as FSA President I love meeting members, hearing all the great and innovative work they do and finding ways to make their career at BCIT even better.
Write songs that would move people. Move them to take action, to reach out, to look at life in a different way or to give someone hope. Time traveling would be interesting as well.
Outside of work hours Kenzie has delicious adventures with her great kid, is an occasional modern quilter, plays tuba in the Vancouver Rainbow Concert Band, and studies late into the night in pursuit of her MA in Professional Communications through Royal Roads University.
The feeling of community: BCIT is my village, full of great people all working towards a common worthwhile goal.
I’d love to learn to play music improvisationally.
My students! They keep me focused on what matters most at BCIT – helping young people launch meaningful and rewarding careers.
Take my guitar playing to the next level so that I can fulfill my destiny of rock stardom.
Ted has also been a Teamster and a mouthpiece for a healthcare union. He is currently a consultant in health informatics and teaches tech writing and business communications at BCIT (nine years). His hobbies are motorcycles and annoying the hell out of anyone who will listen about the treatment of part-time faculty.
Telling people I’m a professor, because it used to be my nickname when I was a kid.
Stay focused during…. wait, is that a McLaren?
Helping to build BCIT to be ready to meet that future and help our student to excel.
I’d love to learn to do a spacewalk outside the International Space Station.
Working within an environment where I can present ideas and receive feedback.
Continue to enhance my professional life at BCIT by collaborating and implementing an innovative indigenous framework which creates positive change.
BCIT students are amazing: their passion and work ethic and intelligence never cease to inspire me (my fellow faculty and colleagues at BCIT are great too).
I speak “ok” Italian, but I would love to be more fluent – ah, for some more time to practice, preferably in Roma.
Joe's experience includes ten years working in the marine industry and more than 15 years conducting applied research and development for industry clients. His credentials include a Bachelor in Technology Management from BCIT, a Robotics and Automation Diploma from BCIT, ASTTBC certification, Red Seal Certification as an electrician, and an internationally-endorsed marine engineering 2nd Class Ticket from Transport Canada. He is a Depot Leader for the BCIT Emergency Response Team.
The “MacGyver factor”: solving real world problems with the available and appropriate technology…and the great team of people I work with.
I would like to learn to fly a plane.
The flexibility to be able to make a meaningful contribution and have a great career; having been able to take on new opportunities and grow without having to jump from one institution to another.
How to fall asleep instantly on an airplane.
Prior to joining the FSA, Heather spent 1.5 years in Costa Rica, studying international human rights law and Spanish, and working at the Centre for Justice and International Law in San José, where she did legal advocacy as a member of the Mexico litigation team. In particular, she worked on the submissions of victims of human rights violations in cases before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
Christine's involvement in the labour movement first began in 1979, when she organized a small outfit into the United Food and Commercial Worker's Union, and she subsequently became the chief shop steward. Following that, Christine spent seven years at the Langley School District where she became involved on the executive team of her CUPE local. In addition to serving two terms as president, she sat on union committees at the district, provincial and national level..
As staff at the UBC Student union the Alma Mater Society, Adrienne supported the lobbying efforts of student union at BC public colleges and the Canadian Federation of Students, to expand the U-Pass transit program beyond SFU and UBC, to make it available to all public sector college students in the province.
Adrienne studied law at the University of British Columbia. Their articles were in worker-side Workers Compensation law at a Vancouver labour law firm. They went on to work at a Vancouver not-for profit firm where they intervened in constitutional challenges to mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes because of the disproportionally negative impact such sentences have on women, on indigenous people, and on drug users. Adrienne continues to provide pro bono legal services to drug users, sex workers, and transgender people in the Downtown Eastside.
Adrienne comes to the BCIT FSA from the Canadian Labour Congress. They are a practicing member of the Law Society of B.C. and a member of the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers, the Canadian Bar Association, The Trial Lawyer Association of BC and the Advocates Society.
While articling for a boutique labour and employment law firm, George was an activist with the Council of Canadian’s Ottawa chapter, and later became the Council’s head of human resources. In the past, George has written freelance articles, mostly in the area of labour law and labour relations, for publishers such as Canada Law Book, Lancaster House, and Workforce magazine. As a result of his experiences, he became a founding member of the C.E.P.’s Canadian Freelance Union, now part of Unifor.
Advising organizations in the non-profit, private, and public sectors, George’s repertoire includes collective agreement interpretation, conflict resolution, training, collective bargaining, legal drafting and research. He is a member of the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources, BC & Yukon and of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
George is also interested in post-secondary instruction and is currently enrolled in the Provincial Instructor Diploma program at Vancouver Community College.
Previously she worked on the Human Resources team at HandyDART during the transition from a small Vancouver non-profit society to a Lower Mainland for-profit company. In addition to being part of the bargaining team that negotiated the first Collective Agreement and working through a three-month strike, her responsibilities included recruitment and selection, HRIS management, employee engagement and benefits administration.