Committee Responsibilities

Chairperson, Vancouver Board of Education. 

Member of Committees III and V.

Trustee liaison to District Parents Liaison, Special Education Advisory Committee, VSB Advocacy Committee and Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement Implementation and Monitoring Committee.

External Organizations

Trustee representative to the BC Public School Employers Association and to the Vancouver Heritage Commission


Patti Bacchus was elected to the Vancouver School Board in 2008. As Board chair, Patti is recognized province wide as a strong and articulate advocate for Vancouver’s public schools.

Named as one of BC’s Top 100 Influential Women by the Vancouver Sun, Patti listens to parents, students and communities and has worked to successfully minimize the impact of provincial funding shortfalls on classrooms and has secured additional provincial funding for Vancouver schools.

Patti has worked alongside her colleagues and community members to develop plans for Vancouver’s first Aboriginal-focussed school of choice and an Early Mandarin Bilingual program.

A long-time advocate for school seismic safety, Patti continues to focus on getting all at-risk schools upgraded and improving school emergency preparedness.

Born and raised in Vancouver and a graduate of the University of Victoria and Langara College, Patti is married to Lee Bacchus and has a grown stepdaughter and two school-aged children.