News & Updates - 2011


National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women - December 6    

December 7, 2011

Thank you to everyone who attended the memorials marking the National Day of Action and Remembrance on Violence Against Women.

On the Surrey campus we were joined by Bruce Ralston MLA for Surrey-Whalley; Sue Hammil, MLA for Surrey-Green Timbers; Harry Baines, MLA for Surrey-Newton; and Manuel Santos, Assistant to Dave Hayer, MLA for Surrey-Tynehead. Jamie Cooper, Resource Centre Coordinator for Surrey Women’s Centre, and Kari Michaels and Reena Bali from Kwantlen’s Women Organizing Opportunities for Women club spoke to those gathered. Read more...

General Meeting Update    

October 13, 2011

We are pleased to report that the constitutional changes proposed by the Constitution Committee and recommended by the Executive were unanimously passed by those in attendance at the General Meeting on October 27th. The new system of electronic voting will be in place for the KFA 's Annual General Meeting in April, 2012. I am also pleased to report that the KFA elected campus representatives for the Labour Management Relations Committee:

  • Surrey: Wendy Belter
  • Richmond: Gillian Dearle
  • Cloverdale: Al Sumal
  • Langley: John Jones

Please follow the links below for more information on the new electronic voting system.

Maureen Shaw receives Sarah Shorten Award    

May 11, 2011 - FPSE News

Maureen Shaw was presented with the Sarah Shorten Award at the Spring Council meeting of the Canadian Association of University Teachers' (CAUT), held in Ottawa in May. Lisa Sharp, Chair of CAUT's Women's Committee, provided a brief background on Maureen's career, noting that Maureen started as a contract faculty member at UBC in 1975 in the English department, and then taught at Douglas College, Fraser Valley College, and Kwantlen. She is active in her union, the Kwantlen Faculty Association, and has served as Vice-President-Negotiations, Vice-President-Grievances, and President.  Read More...

Annual General Meeting: Results of the Elections for KFA Executive Members   

April 27, 2011

A well-attended KFA Annual General Meeting occurred on Wednesday, April 27. Minutes of the AGM will be posted to the KFA Members Only Website soon, but in the meantime, please see below for the results of the elections held for positions on the KFA Executive (terms to begin as of June 1):

Vice-President-Grievances: Joel Murray
Member-at-Large: Gillian Dearle
Secretary-Treasurer: Wendy Belter
Ombudsperson: Larissa Petrillo
Science/Applied Science and Horticulture: Douglas Torrance
Community and Health Studies: Bev O’Malley
Trades and Technology: Tim Groves
Social Sciences: Erling Christensen
Applied Arts: Mark Pritchard
Learner Support: vacant
Union Counselling: vacant
Disability Management and Rehabilitation Chair: Fraser Crinklaw


Many hands make the deal work: reflections on the VIUFA strike    

April 11, 2011

When members of the Vancouver Island University Faculty Association voted 296 to 31 to accept the terms of a proposed memorandum that would settle their four week strike, the attention of those at the Bowen Park Auditorium was focused at the front of the room, and for good reason. The VIUFA Bargaining Committee had just spent close to three hours explaining the details of the proposed settlement that would see students returning to the University starting April 11. The Committee was, after all, the voice of members at the bargaining table and in the community. The proposed settlement represented a critical turning point in the strike and membership ratification meetings can be a tough moment for everyone, rank and file members as well as the Local Union Bargaining Committee.  Read More...


Issues in Kwantlen's Draft Intellectual Property Policy    

January 20, 2011

The KFA submitted concerns regarding Kwantlen's Draft Intellectual Property Policy on Thursday, January 20th. 

The document can be viewed here: IP Policy Points of Concern - KFA Submission.