Bill MacFarlane, whose local list of accomplishments include being a former teacher, two-time president of the Revelstoke Teachers’ Association and a long-term serving City councillor, has been awarded the teaching profession’s prestigious G.A. Fergusson Memorial Award.
In a statement released on Wednesday, March 26, RTA President Jennifer Wolney said Bill received this accolade on Tuesday, March 18, at the 2014 Annual General Meeting of the BC Teachers’ Federation at the Hyatt Hotel in Vancouver. The Fergusson Award is given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to public education, particularly those who have actively served through activism in BC Teachers’ Federation.
“With over three decades of service with the federation, Bill was nominating chairperson for 10 years,” Jennifer said. “He also served on a number of BCTF provincial bodies, such as the Working and Learning Conditions Committee, Bargaining Advisory Team and the Provincial Bargaining Team. Since his retirement in 2012, Bill has continued his activism and presented School Union Rep Training Workshops throughout our province.
In Bill’s own words, ‘Teachers all across British Columbia have a legacy to be proud of – a legacy of defending public education. Stay strong and united as we continue to stand up for what works best for the future of our province.’”
Teachers of Revelstoke and the entire membership of BCTF congratulate Bill on his well-deserved receipt of the G.A. Fergusson Memorial Award, she said.