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A math teacher from Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School will be taking over as president of the Brandon Teachers’ Association beginning July 1.
Cale Dunbar has been acclaimed for the term beginning July 1 to June 2020, and will take over from the current president of three years, Peter Buehler.
"I just have an interest in the work," Dunbar said, who has been teaching for nine years. "I like to support our teacher members, so it seemed like a natural fit to take on a leadership role within the teacher’s association."
Dunbar moved to Brandon in 2013, coming from the Pine Creek School Division in Gladstone, where he was also involved with the teachers’ association. His participation there inspired him to stay involved once he moved here, he said.
Since coming to Brandon, he has filled many different roles on the executive, including as vice-president for two years, collective bargaining chair for one year and treasurer for three years.
When he first arrived in Brandon, they were looking for a treasurer so he volunteered for the role, and he has been part of the executive ever since.
"I feel that I’m a trusted source of knowledge within the teaching field around Brandon because I’ve been involved in the union basically my entire career," he said. "People look to me for advice at times, and so I enjoy filling that role, so I thought that’s something I definitely bring to the table. I’m well informed when it comes to that avenue, the union work for example."
He’s also a member of the provincial executive the Manitoba Teachers’ Society, he said, so he knows what’s happening provincially and nationally when it comes to teachers unions across the country.
Dunbar was elected onto the provincial executive last year, as one of nine candidates seeking to fill six vacant member-at-large positions on the MTS executive.
He’s looking forward to helping members in his new role as president, he said.
"There’s some uncertainty right now in our province with what’s going to happen in our education system, there’s an education review going on and I just want to be involved. I want to make sure that teachers voices are heard and that teachers are supported in Brandon and across our province."
Peter Buehler, who is leaving the Brandon Teachers’ Association to retire, said that in an organization like the Brandon Teachers’ Association it’s as important to move out of positions as it is to move into them.
"It’s a democratic organization, and for it to be democratic the officers do need to change from time to time."
"He’s a deeply involved person," Buehler said of his future replacement. "He cares honestly about the things that the union has meant to achieve, both as a professional organization and as a union."
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