Constitution of the British Columbia Social Studies Teachers’ Association
The name of this association is the British Columbia Social Studies Teachers’ Association of the
British Columbia Teachers’ Federation.
- To promote and improve the teaching of social studies throughout the province by providing
opportunities for the professional growth and development of teachers.
- To promote the improvement of learning conditions for students.
- To serve as advocate and advisor on curriculum matters that directly affect teaching.
- To serve as a clearinghouse for ideas and developments in the field of social studies.
Article 1: Membership
- Membership in the PSA shall be open to person holding any form of BCTF membership (e.g. active, associate, student associate, honorary retiree) on payment of the appropriate PSA fee.
- The membership year shall be for 12 consecutive lists months from the date the application is processed by the BCTF.
- Active and associate members of the BCTF will pay the “Member” fee.
- A reduced membership fee shall be offered to students in post-secondary programs leading to teacher certification in BC (student associates), teachers who retired from active membership in the BCTF (honorary retirees) and teachers teaching on call (TTOCs).
- All PSA members are eligible to vote and hold office in the PSA. Only BCTF active members can serve as president or vice-president or represent the PSA.
Article 2: PSA subscribers
- An institution or person who does not hold any form of BCTF membership can become a subscriber to the PSA on payment of the “Subscriber” fee.
- The subscription year shall be for 12 consecutive lists months from the date the application is processed by the BCTF.
- Subscribers are not eligible to vote, hold office, or represent the PSA.
Article 3: Honorary life members
- Honorary life membership in the PSA may be conferred by the Annual General Meeting of the PSA.
- An honorary life member’s eligibility to vote and hold office will depend on the member’s current BCTF membership status.
Article 4: 0fficers
The Executive of the association consists of the following:
- Table officers (elected): past-president, president, vice-president, second vice-president, secretary, and treasurer.
- Members at Large
- Such other officers as may be appointed by vote of the elected table officers.
- When a vacancy occurs on the Executive Committee, the Executive table officers name a
member to fill the vacancy until the next general meeting.
- The majority of the PSA executive must be active BCTF members.
Article 5: Terms of office and duties
- The elected officers of the association hold office for a two-year term and are eligible for re-election.
- The duties of the officers of the Executive are as defined in the rules of order currently in use by BCTF, when not in conflict with any clause of this constitution.
- An annual report is presented at the Annual General Meeting by the officers of this association: such as reports are submitted to the secretary for printing not less than one month before the Annual General Meeting.
Article 6: Meetings
- All meetings -general and Executive- are conducted according to the rules of order currently in
use by BCTF, except when in conflict with this constitution.
- The Annual General Meeting is held each year at a time and place designated by the Executive. The time and place are published for the information of the membership not less than one month before the scheduled meeting.
- A Quorum at the Annual General Meeting will be the attending executive committee members
and the members present as defined by Article one.
- Other general meetings of the association are scheduled by the Executive and are publicized no less than two weeks in advance.
- Extraordinary general meetings are called on a written request directed to the Executive, signed by 20 members.
- The Executive meets as frequently as the business of the association requires, but not less than three times yearly. A quorum consists of at least three table officers.
Article 7: Voting
- Election of Table officers shall occur at an Annual General Meeting
- Election of Table officers shall be by secret ballot except in the case of acclamation
- Voting at all meetings with the exception as provided in Article 6-2 is by show of hands except when a ballot is demanded by one member present.
- Voting at the Annual General meeting is available to all active members as described in Article 1. All paid members of the conference at which the Annual General Meeting is held are deemed to be active members providing they meet the requirements of Article 1.
- Voting at executive meetings is by all table officers and other members as defined in Article 3.2.
Article 8: Chapters of the association
- The Executive has the authority to recognize chapters of the association to be known as local
social studies associations, regional social studies associations, and curriculum specialist groups, and to establish regulations governing the organization of such chapters.
Article 9: Representation to agencies outside the BCTF
- Any business, properly the concern of the BCTF, is conducted through the officers and/or staff
of the BCTF.
Article 10: Constitution and amendments
- A copy of this constitution is filed in the BCTF offices.
- The constitution is published and sent to the members each year.
- The constitution is amended at an Annual General Meeting by a three-quarters majority vote of the members in attendance, provided that notice of such amendment has been submitted in writing at the beginning of the Annual General Meeting.