President, BC Federation of Labour
Irene Lanzinger is a long-time union activist and teacher. She began her teaching career in 1978 and taught in Abbotsford and Vancouver. She also travelled overseas and taught in Japan and Saudi Arabia.
Irene was very active in the B.C. Teachers’ Federation (BCTF), serving in many capacities including: President of her Local, the Vancouver Secondary Teachers’ Association, chief negotiator on the provincial bargaining team and ultimately as President of the BCTF from 2007 to 2010.
Irene was elected to the position of Secretary-Treasurer of the B.C. Federation of Labour in 2010 and re-elected to that position in 2012.
At the 2014 Convention, Irene was elected the first woman President of the BC Federation of Labour.