Congrats to the 2017 Graduates!

Congrats Grads!

Today, the College of the Rockies Faculty Association celebrated with the entire College of the Rockies community as we watched the Class of 2017 cross the stage on Convocation Day!  Congratulations, graduates! All your hard work and perseverance has paid off! Good luck and best wishes for a bright future!

It’s Time for BC to Invest in Post-Secondary Education!

VoteYour vote counts! Vote for change! Vote to be heard!  I will vote on May 9 to support public post-secondary education because it opens the doors for people in BC.

See the Open the Doors webpage for more information from the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC. Subscribe for updates about BC post-secondary education from Open the Doors.

FPSE has provided us with a fact-sheet to share: Facts about Post-Secondary Education from FPSE

UFV Faculty Association’s “30 Drops Out of the Bucket” Open the Doors Campaign

Our friends at UFV Faculty Association ran a “30 Drops Out of the Bucket” campaign, awarding $1000 to each the 30 students with the greatest student debt load. For more information on this campaign and an article about the winner, follow the links below.

30 Drops Out of the Bucket Contest Reveals Shocking Student Debt Loads

Former UFV student with $170,000 debt says B.C. government should do more

  Here are some surprising facts about student debt that came out of this contest: 

1)      It only takes 10 UFV students to rack up a million dollars in student debt!

2)      Each $1,000 prize only covers one month’s payment of the average debt of the 30 winners. A “drop in the bucket” amounts to one month reprieve on a ten-year payment.

 

A histogram of the debts of the 30 award winners.

It’s time to Open the Doors.  #OpenTheDoors

CORFA’s Open The Doors Campaign

Our local Open the Doors campaign is now complete! It’s time to show our CORFA pride and share the final products with the world! Thank you to the selection committee who worked tirelessly to select the award winners, and to B1G M4G1C DE51GN for producing our eBook and videos. See the featured CORFA Open the Doors Bursary winners here!

Our Open the Doors eBook is now available!

It’s here! Our Open the Doors eBook is now available for viewing!

It is currently shared on our College of the Rockies Faculty Association Facebook group. If you are on Facebook, you might also want to check out and like our College of the Rockies Faculty Association Facebook page. You will also see the Open the Doors videos appearing on the Facebook page!

For a sneak peek, check out our video of Christine.

Open The Doors eBook

FPSE’s 5 Ways to Get Involved in the BC Election

The provincial election is on May 9 – only five weeks away!

Here are five things you can do to get involved:
1. Make sure you and eligible family members are registered to vote. Visit the Elections BC website.

2. Talk with your colleagues, family, friends, neighbours, and students about the issues that concern you as an educator and as a member of your community. Contact us for talking points if you need help.

3. Pick an issue that concerns you and write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. State the issue and illustrate it with information about how it affects your community, your workplace, your life. Remember: real life examples are much more powerful than impersonal theories and stats. Contact us for a copy of a Letters to the Editor Guide.

4. Find out who the candidates are in your constituency. You may see them campaigning at shopping centres, on street corners, at all-candidates meetings, and maybe at your own front door. Take every opportunity to ask candidates questions about the issues that concern you. Hold them accountable by asking: What will you do to….? Will you do…?

5. VOTE! Make it a family affair: bring all the eligible voters in your household to the polls with you.

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Open the Doors: You were in the legislature!

opendoorsFPSE President George Davison and FPSE Secretary-Treasurer Terri Van Steinburg have taken your voice to Victoria. Over 18,000 people signed our education pledge in only 6 months and now they have been presented into the BC legislature by Official Opposition Critic for Education Rob Fleming.

Watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5EK4p9vHtc.

International Women’s Day 2017: Women taking the lead for justice!

Read FPSE President George Davison’s comment on International Women’s Day.

FPSE: International Women’s Day 2017

40 Years of CORFA!

CORFA is celebrating its 40th Anniversary! Join us for a dinner party and faculty recognition ceremony at the Heritage Inn on March 10th. Members can enjoy the festivities free, and tickets for guests are available for $15. Don’t forget to RSVP to Cindy Leibel by Feb. 27th.40 years poster horiz

Open the Doors- Request for Proposals

In the first part of our local Open the Doors project, CORFA gave away 54 bursaries of $500 to COTR students who shared their stories with us. We are now ready for phase two!

CORFA Local Open the Doors Project – Part 2 – Request for Proposals
The stories from the 54 bursary recipients now need to be compiled into two formats:
(i) An e-book of the pictures and stories of all the bursary recipients, to be hosted on the CORFA website and on the FPSE website
(ii) A video compilation of the stories (or at least some of the stories) of the bursary recipients. The final video(s) need to be in a format appropriate to upload to websites and/or post on YouTube.
CORFA proposed to contract a person or persons to undertake the project. The successful applicant will be hired as a contractor and paid a flat amount for the project. CORFA is asking for interested parties to apply.

Please submit proposals to Joan Kaun, President, CORFA, by November 25, 2016.
Email to: kaun@cotr.bc.ca

Click HERE for more information.