Barbara Howard is the first person from a “visible minority” hired as an educator by the Vancouver School Board

Barbara Howard wrote “I got my first job in Alberni from sending out resumes. It never occurred to me that people did not hire black teachers. About 10 years later, when I came back to Vancouver, I had no trouble getting work as a substitute teacher. So I waited every morning for that call at 7am to see if I’d have work that day.” At Strathcona School “I found out the P.E. teacher they had— a very fine teacher— was retiring, and they wanted to hire me full time. I stayed for eight years.” Barbara Howard on Life as an East Van P.E. Teacher 

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