For people who didn’t know John Bird, this is a loss to our entire province of a dedicated advocate for public education. He will be missed.
It is with deep sorrow that the BCCPAC Board of Directors must announce the passing of our former President and dear friend, Mr. John Bird. After a courageous battle with cancer, John passed in his sleep on Tuesday morning with his loving family at his side.
Dedicating almost two decades in service to his District PAC and the BCCPAC, John was a devoted and tireless advocate for parents and students in public education. With his extensive knowledge of educational issues and his skill as a negotiator, John was able to successfully advance the interests of parents and students with the Ministry of Education and to forge alliances with other key partners in Education.
He was a strong voice for the most vulnerable of our students, and for the right of each unique learner to be able to access the resources and supports they need to be successful in their local schools. In addition to advocating for large scale change, John helped countless families to advocate for the needs of their individual children in school districts across the Province.
Above all of his tireless volunteer work, John was a devoted and loving husband and father, and a kind and dedicated friend. He inspired us all with his wisdom, his compassion, and his strong, yet gentle leadership. Words cannot adequately express how deeply he will be missed. Our deepest sympathy goes to his family and dear friends.
Your BCCPAC Executive Board and Staff