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Brief History of our Association

 

In the early 1960’s a number of small meetings were held at different School Boards, resulting in the Inaugural Meeting of the organization at Duncan, BC in 1964.

Approximately twelve interested school plant supervisors attended. They met for the purpose of forming an association that would benefit school plant officials from all districts throughout the Province of British Columbia.

From the very beginning the enthusiasm and purpose for the meeting was strongly evident and there was no doubt about making plans to continue.

The first Annual General Meeting was convened at the Blue Boy Hotel, Vancouver BC in 1965 with an encouraging attendance of school personnel along with a small number of suppliers.  

In June 1966 the Second Annual Meeting was held in Prince George, BC at which time the constitution was drawn up. The name chosen was British Columbia School Plant Officials Association.

With interest in membership and conference attendance, along with a steady gain of suppliers, we have never looked back. A few years later the name was officially changed to the School Plant Officials Association of British Columbia.

On June 2, 2011 at our 47th Annual General Meeting, held at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre, the membership voted overwhelmingly to officially change the name to the Educational Facility Managers Association of British Columbia. The name change, along with a number of other initiatives, are activities that were recommended to our membership in our 2011–2014 strategic plan. The strategic plan was the culmination of two years of planning and consultation with members. The intent of the plan is to keep our association modern, current and to reflect who we have evolved to today.

The comradeship within the Association is remarkable – making the organization the unique body it has presently grown to. May the purpose for its existence always be nurtured with the vision and dedication of our charter members.

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