Bruneau, Sandra

Job Title

Executive Director, ABCDE (Association of BC Deans of Education), retired


EDST Degree/s and graduation year/s

EdD, 1979; MA 1972


Educational Studies – General – Philosophy of Education


Vancouver, BC, Canada

Sandra Bruneau resides in Vancouver, near UBC, on the historical, traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and T’sleil-Waututh First Nations. She was born and raised in Saskatchewan, and took her first degrees at the University of Saskatchewan. Sandra Bruneau has over 45 years’ experience in Education, beginning with teaching secondary school in Calgary and ending with her retirement in Fall 2018 as Executive Director of the Association of BC Deans of Education (ABCDE). Sandra has been prominent in both the development and delivery of teacher education programs at UBC and at TRU, Kamloops, where she served as Associate Dean of Education. At UBC, she oversaw the placement and supervision of 400-450 secondary student teachers each year and was responsible for the “UBC Education” newsletter sent to UBC Education Alumni and Faculty. At TRU, she led the development of a new Bachelor of Education elementary degree program and helped facilitate the staffing, funding and accreditation procedures while also overseeing TRU’s ECE, Early Childhood Education Diploma. Following that tenure, she gained valuable experience with an Education organization in Vancouver, after which she was appointed Executive Director of the BC Deans of Education, along with several consultancy projects with UBC and SFU Faculties of Education, most notably the joint SFU-Surrey School District Counselling program and the WKTEP (West Kootenay Teacher Education Program) review. Sandra has been an active member of CSSE (Canadian Society for the Study of Education) since the 1970’s and has delivered over two dozen papers and talks at sessions of CAFE, (Canadian Association of Foundations of Education), and CPES, (Canadian Philosophy of Education Society). She has been awarded both the CAFE Distinguished Service Award and the CPES Distinguished Service Award for her dedication and service. Her case studies are included in the CAFE volume on Canadian teacher education published by U. Manitoba with Oxford University Press. Her main area of study is rational moral education, with attention to anti-racism education, critical thinking, courage, and empathy. Now that she has more time, Sandra writes scads of poems and continues her musical interests. She and her husband Bill embrace the adventurous spirits of their two children and six grandchildren.