Patti Bacchus

Named as one of BC’s Top 100 Influential Women by the Vancouver Sun and twice named to Vancouver Magazine’s “Power 50” list, Patti is a well-known public education and social justice advocate who was the longest serving chair of the Vancouver School Board (VSB).

She ran for the VSB in three elections — in 2008, 2011 and 2014 — topping the polls each time. She was elected as board chair from 2008 – 2014.

Patti played a key role in the grassroots campaign to seismically upgrade at-risk B.C. public schools and is proud to have signed several funding agreements to upgrade or replace seismically high-risk Vancouver schools.

Patti worked alongside her VSB colleagues and community members to develop plans for Vancouver’s first Aboriginal-focused school of choice and an Early Mandarin Bilingual program. During her term as chair, the VSB passed ground-breaking sexual orientation and gender identity policy changes.

Patti also serves as a director on the board of the Broadbent Institute, a progressive, independent national organization that champions change through the promotion of democracy, equality, and sustainability and the training of a new generation of leaders.

Born and raised in Vancouver and a graduate of the University of Victoria (Political Science) and Langara College (Journalism), Patti is married to Lee Bacchus and has a grown stepdaughter and two adult children. 

The VSB is closing an adult education centre despite NDP/Green promise to restore program funding

The VSB’s appointed trustee is pushing ahead with closing the “Mainstreet” adult education centre at Gladstone Secondary at the end of the month despite NDP & Green pledges to restore funding.
Scott Robinson with kids

Help wanted for a super (tough) VSB job

With last week’s announcement that the Vancouver School Board’s superintendent is leaving, the preliminary work to find his replacement is already underway.
Elsie Roy

Going to kindergarten isn't always as easy as it should be

Parents are sometimes shocked to discover they can’t get their child into their neighbourhood school for kindergarten. Here’s why.

The “GreenDP” is great news for public education

VO Contributing Education Editor Patti Bacchus on why the NDP and Green party power-sharing agreement is a best-case scenario for B.C.’s public schools
Maple Grove kids

Do we need school dress codes?

The dress code debate seems to come around each year with the warm weather. What’s it really about?
Andrew Weaver

Thoughts on the election and education, French immersion spaces, a little yellow school house, and bans

I don’t know about you, but to me it feels like the election was a lot more than a week ago.
VSB building

What do the BC election results mean for public education?

A lot of people scratching their heads this morning and wondering what the election results mean. Patti Bacchus, looks at what's in store for public education.
Your education matters panel

Christy Clark made education a key election issue — finally!

In the 2009 and 2013 election campaigns education was rarely mentioned in debates or in news coverage. This election is different.
Offshore teachers

"We are scared and we feel abandoned" —Teachers at BC-certified school in South Korea plead for help from government

Fourteen “BC-certified” teachers who work at a B.C. Ministry of Education-certified offshore school have been ordered to leave South Korea.
George Davison

NDP’s pledge to scrap student loan interest makes them best bet for post-secondary students

Post-secondary tuition fees and student loan debt have soared under the BC Liberals. Which party has the best post-secondary plan?