Surrey Teachers' Association

2021 STA Convention

 May 7, 2021

Welcome to the annual STA Convention! Convention will be held virtually this year on May 72021.
We are currently accepting proposals for workshops.


We are excited to host Dr. Gabor Maté as our keynote speaker this year, as well as a panel on Equity and Diversity.

Dr. Gabor Maté

Gabor Maté is a retired physician who, after 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience, worked for over a decade in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side with patients challenged by drug addiction and mental illness. The bestselling author of four books published in twenty-five languages, Gabor is an internationally renowned speaker highly sought after for his expertise on addiction, trauma, childhood development, and the relationship of stress and illness. His book on addiction received the Hubert Evans Prize for literary non-fiction. For his groundbreaking medical work and writing he has been awarded the Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian distinction, and the Civic Merit Award from his hometown, Vancouver. His books include In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction; When the Body Says No; The Cost of Hidden Stress; Scattered Minds: The Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder; and (with Gordon Neufeld) Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers.

Dr. Maté will also be facilitating a Q&A session as a workshop after his keynote address. If you have a question that you would like Dr. Maté to answer please submit it here.

We are currently accepting proposals for workshops. If you are interested in presenting, please submit your proposal as soon as possible. If you have not heard back from us by the end of February, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.  You can also reach us at any time if you have questions, at