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 re-elected to the Vancouver School Board in November 2014, after two three-year terms on the board and six years as the Board’s Chair.
Patti, named as one of BC’s Top 100 Influential Women by the Vancouver Sun, has a strong record of listening to parents, students and communities and she has worked to successfully minimize the impact of provincial funding shortfalls on classrooms while continuously advocating for increased public investment in public education.
She has worked to strengthen and vitalize schools in Vancouver communities by finding innovative and cost-effective uses for surplus space during periods of declining enrolment in order to keep the spaces in public use and available to accommodate future enrolment growth. Patti has also been a key figure in the school seismic upgrade process since its beginnings as a family-driven advocacy movement. She has since led the Board in securing funding to upgrade or rebuild several Vancouver schools, part of Patti’s commitment to seeing the completion of all outstanding seismic upgrade projects.
As a strong supporter of providing a continuum of services to meet diverse learning needs, Patti has worked alongside her colleagues and community members to develop plans for Vancouver’s first Aboriginal-focused school of choice, an Early Mandarin Bilingual program, expanded Montessori programming and Vancouver’s first primary International Baccaulaureate Program.
Patti, 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 children.