Clint Johnston

February 23, 2023

President, BC Teachers’ Federation

Clint Johnston started his first term as President of the BC Teachers’ Federation on July 1, 2022. Prior to that, Clint served as a Vice-President for six years. He is currently one of the Federation’s lead negotiators in the current round of collective bargaining and has previous experience bargaining at the local and national levels.

Prior to his provincial union work, Clint served as President of the Chilliwack Teachers’ Association for three years. Nationally, Johnston has served multiple consecutive terms as a Vice-President of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) since first elected at the 2017 CTF Annual General Meeting.

Johnston turned to a career in education after losing a hand in a devastating workplace accident at 23-years-old. He holds bachelor’s degrees in Human Kinetics and Education from the University of British Columbia. He spent the first five years of his teaching career in England before returning home to Chilliwack to work in a variety of elementary teaching roles for the next several years before being elected to his local executive.

Johnston and his wife, Holly, are the proud parents of five children—three of whom are still in BC’s K–12 public education system.

One of Johnston’s personal priorities is to continue raising awareness about BC’s critical teacher shortage and taking the necessary steps to address this pervasive issue that disproportionately affects students with diverse learning needs.