2023/24 Education Students’ Association Nominations and Election

Teacher candidates can nominate themselves to the Education Students’ Association (ESA) for the 2023/24 Bachelor of Education (BEd) program year. It is an opportunity to represent the teacher education program’s student body and enhance their experience of this life-changing year ahead.


Submit nominations from
Monday, July 10, to Friday, September 15, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. (PT).


Council executive positions include:

  • President
  • Director of Internal Affairs
  • Director of External Affairs
  • Director of Administration
  • Director of Finance
  • Communications Coordinator
  • Academic Coordinator
  • ESA Ombudsperson
  • ESA AMS Representative

There are various other committee chairperson roles/membership including Grad Coordinator, Social Coordinator, Sales Coordinator, Athletics Coordinator, NITEP Representative, and WKTEP Representative.

The ESA is comprised of a total of 12 representatives for elementary & middle years and secondary representatives.

No specific position needs to be declared at this point. Positions are elected by council members at the orientation meeting.

WKTEP ESA: WKTEP teacher candidates hold a separate election where a BEd peer is elected to represent them for the year. This occurs on the WKTEP campus in Nelson. For more information, please consult with the WKTEP program coordinator.

Info for Nominees

Campaign Meet and Greet

Monday, September 18, 2023
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Room 310, Scarfe

Candidates will have the opportunity to give a brief (three-minute) campaign presentation to provide information about why you are running for the ESA and what you feel you will be able to contribute.

Please confirm to Program Manager Bette Shippam at bette.shippam@ubc.ca that you will do a presentation.

Campaign Materials

Campaign posters (8.5″ X 11″) can be placed throughout Scarfe between the time of nominations opening and the close of the election. Please create campaign posters (with your photo, brief bio/why you are running, etc.) and place them where you believe will attract BEd teacher candidates’ attention. Materials must be taken down following the election on Friday, September 22, 2023. Your accountability in removing your own materials is appreciated.

Headshot and Bio

For the ballot, please send bette.shippam@ubc.ca a headshot and a brief bio (six sentences) no later than 4:00 p.m. on Monday, September 18, 2023. (Apologies that the timelines are tight!)


ESA Orientation Meeting

Tuesday, September 26, 2023
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Room 310, Scarfe

The elected council members will elect their executive positions at this orientation meeting.

Important Dates
  • Nomination Deadline:
    Friday, September 15, 2023 (3:00 p.m)
  • Candidate Meet and Greet:
    Monday, September 18, 2023
    12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Room 310, Scarfe
  • Bios and headshots for election webpage due:
    Monday, September 18, 2023
  • Online Election:
    September 20, 2023 (12:01 a.m.) – September 22, 2023 (12:00 p.m.)
  • Orientation meeting for elected ESA members:
    Tuesday, September 26, 2023
    4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Room 310, Scarfe

The Election

Online voting opens:
Wednesday, September 20, 2023, at 12:01 a.m.

Election closes:
Friday, September 22, 2023 at 12:00 p.m.

The ESA election opens on Wednesday, September 20, 2023, at 12:01 a.m. and remains open for voting until Friday, September 22, 2023, at 12:00 p.m. The voting is held on an online platform provided by the AMS.

The ESA election will be for secondary and elementary & middle years positions. The entire BEd student body has the opportunity to vote for student representatives from both elementary & middle years and secondary options.

The TEO will send all teacher candidates the online voting link by email. It can also be found on the AMS elections website.