Disciplinary and Professional Conduct Board and Hearing Panels

The Teachers Act sets up a Disciplinary and Professional Conduct Board (DPCB), which provides the Commissioner for Teacher Regulation with a group of individuals who can serve on disciplinary hearing panels. The DPCB consists of nine members of the BC Teachers' Council, five of whom must be non-BCTF members from other education partner groups.

The Commissioner may also select members from a public (non-DPCB) hearing panel pool to a sit on disciplinary hearing panels. The public hearing panel pool provides input from persons outside the school system to strengthen public confidence in the hearing process. The public hearing panel pool consists of eight members who were appointed following a public invitation for applications.

Learn more about public hearings and the hearing process.
Apply to be a member of the public hearing panel pool.

Disciplinary and Professional Conduct Board Members

The following council members have been appointed to the DPCB. They will serve for the terms indicated.

Rebecca Blair - Term expires April 2020
Rebecca is a semi-retired teacher currently living in Creston, BC. She taught for over 40 years in the communities of Williams Lake, Quesnel, Burns Lake and Creston. She currently serves as a Director with the Kootenai Community Centre Society and also volunteers with the Spay and Neuter Animal Program in Creston. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Education from Simon Fraser University and a Masters in Leadership from Gonzaga University.

Carolyn Broady - Term expires April 2021
First elected in 2011 as a trustee for the West Vancouver Board of Education, Carolyn has a passion for and a deep interest in public education. As Chair of the Board, she has been involved with a wide range of committees for the West Vancouver School District including Finance and Facilities, Human Resources, the President’s Committee and the Hiring Committee. In April 2017, Carolyn was elected to her first term on the BCSTA Board as a Director. Her provincial involvement has included, among other roles, Chair of the Professional Learning Committee and liaison to the BCSTA Board on their Legislative Committee and By-law Review Committee. Passionate about education, Carolyn would like to ensure that every child has the opportunity to excel and reach their potential.

Jo-Anne Chrona - Term expires April 2020
Jo-Anne (Jo) is the Curriculum Coordinator for the First Nations Education Steering Committee, and is Ts’msyen. Her professional experience includes nearly 20 years of teaching in both the K-12 and post-secondary systems, working as a policy analyst, and serving as a faculty associate in a BC teacher education program. Over the past two decades, Jo has also been involved in curriculum development, resource writing, professional learning through inquiry networks, and Indigenous education. She is passionate about supporting a truly inclusive, strength-based education experience for all learners and was recently involved in various aspects of the curriculum change for the BC education system. Jo completed a Bachelor of Arts in English, and professional development teacher education program at Simon Fraser University, and holds a Diploma in Education and a Master of Educational Technology from the University of British Columbia.

Matthew Cooke - Term expires April 2021
Matthew has been a teacher for nearly 20 years. He worked in Burnaby and is currently teaching in School District No. 54 (Bulkley Valley). Matthew has been on the Bulkley Valley Teacher’s Union Executive for the last five years. During his three years as a Faculty Associate at SFU, he took the opportunity to complete his Masters of Education in Ecological Education. Supervising close to 140 student teachers has given Matthew a comprehensive understanding of teacher education programs as well as the journey of beginning teachers.

John Hall - Term expires April 2021
John has been a teacher for 18 years, mostly at Whistler Secondary, where he also sponsors students in leadership, model UN, and diversity activities. For the past nine years, he has also been an elected member of provincial Judicial Council of the BC Teachers’ Federation, and currently is Chair of the Council. John has done some education development work in Tanzania and enjoys hiking whenever and wherever he gets to. Previously, John spent three years as president of the Sea to Sky Teachers’ Association. John holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Bachelor of Education in General Curriculum from the University of Victoria.

Alice Kedves - Term expires April 2021
Alice is the teacher-librarian at Stelly's Secondary School in School District No. 63 (Saanich). Previously, in School District No. 79 (Cowichan Valley), Alice taught learning assistance, English, Socials, Math, and was also a teacher-librarian. Alice lives in Victoria and has a daughter at the University of Victoria and a son at Mount Douglas Secondary. Alice has a Bachelor of Education and a Masters of Education from the University of Victoria and a Diploma in School Librarianship from the University of British Columbia. Over the years, Alice has held many board positions including PAC chair, President of Ladysmith Family and Friends and various roles on her children's sport organizations including figure skating and football.

Tom Longridge - Term expires April 2021
Tom has been an educator for 35 years and, in that capacity, has worked as a youth worker in East Vancouver, a classroom teacher, school psychologist, school counsellor, as well as a primary and secondary school principal, and vice-principal. Those positions have taken Tom to numerous locations throughout North America: from urban centres, including Vancouver, West Vancouver, Delta, and Riverside, California, to the Inuit communities of Whale Cove and Rankin Inlet in Nunavut. Tom is in his tenth year as Superintendent and CEO of School District No. 72 (Campbell River). He is currently the President of the British Columbia School Superintendents Association, after having served on the executive as a chapter director for Vancouver Island, and Secretary Treasurer. Tom also sits on several provincial committees representing the BCSSA, such as the Technical Review Committee, the K-12 Partners Table, the Leadership Development Working Group, and the Sector Advisory Council. Each of these positions, past and current, blend with his vision for education, and for the role the BCSSA plays in supporting lead educators.

Peter Van Huizen - Term expires April 2020
Peter brings over 45 years of teaching and administrative experience to his role. He spent 25 years in Ontario and 15 years in BC. He has been a teacher, principal and educational leader in the independent school sector. He recently completed eight years of service as the Executive Director of the Christian Teachers’ Association of BC, which focuses on teacher professional development and working conditions. Peter holds a Masters of Education from Queens University.

Susan Wilson - Term expires April 2019
Susan is a wife, a mother to three grown children and a self-employed bookkeeper working from her home in Winlaw for over 20 years. Susan volunteered for over 16 years on the parent advisory councils and the district parent advisory council in her local school district and was involved in the BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC), elected to the Board of Directors as Treasurer. During her time with BCCPAC, Susan sat on several provincial committees and advisory groups working with education partners to ensure the children in British Columbia have the best possible public education.

Public (Non-Board) Hearing Panel Pool Members

The following eight members of the public were appointed to the Public Hearing Panel Pool. They will serve for the terms indicated.

Michel Bourassa - Term expires August 2023
Michel has over 10 years of experience as litigation counsel and 25 years of experience as a Judge presiding over criminal, civil and family court trials of all kinds. He has also been actively teaching for over 15 years working with experts, technicians, scientists and law enforcement professionals on how to give effective testimony. In addition, teaching advocacy skills to lawyers through the Law Society of BC Continuing Legal Education program. As Chief Judge he was responsible for the supervision, training and discipline of over 120 Justices of the Peace. Lately he has been participating on Karate BC's Disciplinary Panel.

Ariel DeJong - Term expires January 2019
Ariel is a senior partner at McCarthy Tétrault LLP in the Litigation and Insurance Coverage groups. He has experience in educational law having acted for numerous independent schools over the years. Ariel served on the Board of Directors of the Federation of Independent School Associations for British Columbia for 21 years and on the Board of Surrey Christian School for 9 years (6 as chair), He currently serves on the Board of The King’s University, where he has served as a Governor for a total of over 15 years. His daughter and son-in-law are both teachers in the Edmonton public school system.

Meg Gaily - Term expires August 2023
Meg currently sits as a panel member and chair of the Employment & Assistance Appeal Tribunal, and most recently worked as the research counsel for the Cohen Commission of Inquiry into the decline of the Fraser River sockeye. Previously, she worked as the law officer to the BC Court of Appeal.

Sarah R. Levine - Term expires August 2023
Sarah is a lawyer who practices in the area of estate litigation and mediation in Vancouver. She was recently Research counsel to the Cohen Commission of Inquiry into the decline of the Fraser River sockeye salmon. She is extensively involved as a volunteer in the community.

Teresa Mitchell-Banks - Term expires January 2019
Teresa has over 30 years’ experience as litigation counsel. After practising as defence counsel and a family lawyer she went to the Crown where she prosecuted on behalf of the province for 20 years focussing on commercial crime and then organized crime. Teresa then spent three years with the B.C. Securities Commission as Director of Enforcement. She is now in private practice.

Karen Nordlinger - Term expires May 2019
Karen is a family law lawyer, arbitrator and mediator and has been engaged in the practice of family law since 1975, and as a neutral in labour arbitration since 1995. Karen has extensive experience in complex property division and disputes about support, custody and access. She is a former Bencher and Treasurer (President) of the Law Society of British Columbia. Karen is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the Canadian Bar Association's Family Law Section.