Duty to Serve and Oath
Elected and publicly appointed Council members — teachers, administrators,
parents and others — make decisions as a Council based on the public’s
shared interest in supporting and strengthening the profession.
To describe their understanding of that duty, candidates must include a
statement in their nomination packages that describes what they believe it
means to serve and protect the public interest. Candidates must also
disclose whether they hold any elected or appointed position in one of 13 excluded organizations and to attest that they will resign from that position if they are elected.
Council members put their service to the public above all other interests.
Accordingly, each member of Council is required to take an oath of office or affirmation and promise in
writing not to take direction from any other organization. Those elected
will also be required to report, in writing to the Registrar, all funding
related to the election process, including amounts and sources.
In addition to their personal commitments, a Public Interest Committee made
up of non-College members appointed by the government advises Council on
matters relating to the College and Council’s duty to serve the public
Before they can take their seat at Council, elected members and provincial
appointees must take an oath or affirmation. Failure to do so renders them
ineligible to serve.
The College makes a Commissioner of Oaths available to swear in new Council
The oath/affirmation is:
I will faithfully and impartially, to the best of my knowledge and
skill, perform the duties of a member of the Council of the College and
any committees of the Council on which I sit.
In so doing, I will ensure that the guiding principle in the
performance of my duties is the duty to serve and protect the public
interest, which is my duty as a Council member and a duty of the
I will perform the duties of my position without favour or ill will to
any person or entity.
I will ensure that other memberships, directorships, voluntary or paid
positions or affiliations that I may hold will not interfere or
conflict with the performance of my duties as a Council member.
So help me God.
(The last line is omitted in an affirmation.)