Recognized across British Columbia as a strong and articulate advocate for public education and for standing up for the needs of all students, Patti Bacchus was the Vancouver School Board’s longest serving chair. She was first elected in 2008, and re-elected twice. She topped the polls each time.
Named as one of BC’s Top 100 Influential Women by the Vancouver Sun, Patti has a strong record as a trustee who listened to parents, students and communities and who worked successfully to minimize the impact of provincial funding shortfalls on classrooms, while continuously advocating for increased public investment in public education.
Patti has also been a key figure in the school seismic upgrade process since its beginnings as a family-driven advocacy movement. She went on to lead the school board in securing hundreds of millions of dollars to upgrade or rebuild several Vancouver schools.
Under Patti’s leadership, the Vancouver School Board adopted ground-breaking protections for trans students in 2014 in a revised Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity policy that paved the way for making BC’s schools safe, welcoming and inclusive for all students.
Since leaving the school board in 2016, Patti has been writing about education issues and is the Education Columnist for the Vancouver-based Georgia Straight newspaper.
Patti was born and raised in Vancouver, is a graduate of Point Grey Secondary School, the University of Victoria (Political Science) and Langara College (Journalism). Patti is married to Lee Bacchus and they have three grown children.