New commissioner appointed for teacher regulation

Former B.C. Supreme Court judge Bruce M. Preston has been appointed as the new commissioner for teacher regulation.

Under his five-year term as commissioner, Preston will oversee all discipline processes and consider certification appeals. This includes receiving reports and complaints about teacher conduct or competence in both the public and independent school systems as set out in the Teachers Act.

The commissioner’s appointment was made by Cabinet on the recommendation of the Minister of Education.

Education Minister Don McRae said:

“Mr. Preston brings a wealth of experience to his role as new commissioner. His extensive legal experience both as a lawyer, and as a B.C. judge for more than 20 years, place him in an excellent position to provide the leadership, guidance and judgment necessary to carry out this very important role.”