Thursday, 18 May 2023

 PRNTA AGM postponed due to fire evacuations and alerts:

 Discounts for BCTF Members: search BCTF Advantage to learn more!

Monday, 3 April 2023

Welcome back!

We trust that you had a wonderful spring break and that you are ready for the last term of the 2022-2023 school year.


Thursday, 16 March 2023


Whether you are having a vacation in a warm and sunny place or a staycation in sunny Peace River North we hope that you are able to take some time to rest, relax and reconnect.                               We hope you stay well, travel safely and come back rested and rejuvenated!

Sunday, 5 February 2023

Mental Health and Wellness Resources

Available to BCTF Members

Employee Family Assistance Program (EFAP)

These programs are available in all BCTF locals and offer a range of services depending on the provider.  Please contact your local office for more information on their EFAP.  A list of providers is also available on the BCTF website

The BCTF Health and Wellness Program

Support for members who need assistance to stay at work, or return to work, due to a physical or mental health diagnosis.  We continue to accept new referrals:; or by telephone at 604-871-1921, or toll free at 1-800-663-9163, ext. 1921.  For more information, please visit us via the Health and Wellness page on the BCTF website.

Starling Minds

Over 4 000 BCTF members have now registered for the online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy based mental health resource, developed specifically for teachers. Members can register for the program and log in using the access code: BCTFMEMBER and their Member ID.  This resource is free for all BCTF Members and their families.  Go to: information/wellness/access-online-mental-health-therapy-(starling-minds) 

The Well Teacher

Written by Wade Repta, this book is a comprehensive teacher-specific resource to support and actualize wellness needs. It is filled with activities and information to equip educators with practical tools to set goals and make positive changes.  Copies of The Well Teacher are available in print ($39.95) or as an eBook ($24.95) and can be purchased through

Internal Mediation Service (IMS)

A team of volunteer BCTF members, who are trained and experienced as mediators; and who work with members and others, to help resolve workplace conflicts that threaten positive relationships.  IMS will mediate conflicts between individual members, members and support staff, and members and administrators.  They will also work with small groups within schools, departments, local executives, Provincial Specialist Associations, and/or with Learning Support Assistants, as appropriate.  For additional information please contact Sherry Payne at 604-871-1803, toll free at 1-800-663-9163, local 1803 or by email at

BC 211

A free and confidential service that connects people to community, government, and social services resources; interpretation is available in over 150 languages.  The service includes support for basic needs such as food and shelter, mental health and addiction support, and legal and financial assistance.  For help, dial or text 211, the service is available 24 hours a day.  Additional information can be found online

Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS)

The society provides counselling, wellness, and healing services to residential school survivors, their families, and to those dealing with intergenerational trauma.  Additional information is available online or by contacting the IRSSS at 1-800-721-0066 or by emailing

BC Crisis Centre

Provides immediate access to barrier-free, non-judgemental, confidential support and follow-up through 24/7 phone lines and online services  You can contact the hotline directly at 1-800-784-2433 (1-800-SUICIDE) 1-800-310-6789 (Mental Health Support) or online chat (available from 12:00 PM to 1:00 AM)

Thursday, 12 January 2023


Happy 2023!

Updates for PRN teachers: 

  • The first General Meeting of 2023 will be held on Tuesday, January 17 at 5:00 at the PRNTA office or by Zoom.  We will elect delegates to attend the BCTF AGM in Vancouver in March.  Among other matters we also will discuss potential changes to our Constitution.
  • Teachers are urged to double check their pay stubs & eServe accounts to ensure that they received their retroactive pay, are being paid at the correct rate & that their sick/personal leave day amounts are correct.
  • Teachers are encouraged to register for pension seminars.  There are information sessions for early, mid-career and retiring teachers.
  • If you worked in a First Nations school in BC you may be able to have that experience credited for payment on the salary grid.
Contact the PRNTA office if you need more information.

Thursday, 15 December 2022

 As always, our work lives are busy and complex!  Please know that you make a difference every day in the lives of your students.

  We have made some major improvements in salary and health benefits with the ratification of our new collective agreement and we hope that this will bring some certainty to our work lives.

Enjoy time with your family and friends, get some rest and relaxation. 
May this holiday season bring you peace and happiness. 

Best wishes from Michele and Mary