Students have been traipsing in and out of Ed Lavalle's office for 43+ years. They engage in political and philosophical discussions that may or may not alter their grades but certainly challenge their thinking and debating skills.
Whether or not you've sat eyeball-to-eyeball with him yourself, if you are a faculty member at Capilano, you benefited from Ed's wisdom, frankness, and activism. He was here when it all began. He was one of the Faculty Association's founders back in the '70s, making Capilano the first unionized member—Local 1—of the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC. Throughout the decades, he has worked endlessly for the membership as president, chief steward, chief negotiator, and guru.
Ed's influence has been mightily felt not just in Vancouver and British Columbia but across the ocean. For many years, Ed mentored colleagues and students alike as he led the European Union study tours for all Canadian universities. With his creativity, legal expertise, and background in the labour movement, Ed infused the program with strength and ingenuity.
But to top the lot, Ed was—and is—a funny guy with a suitcaseful of great stories. Before he retires this term, stop for a visit on Wednesday, December 7, 2:30 – 4 p.m., in LB 322. And if you have a tale of your own to share, contact Cheryl Schraeder in Social Sciences.
Photos: Political Studies instructors Ed Lavalle (Left, above) and Ramjee Parajulee await the arrival of well-informed, professionally-dressed students during last year's UN climate change [class] simulation.