Patrick Maze stepping away from role as Sask. Teachers' Federation president

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Starting July 1, Patrick Maze will  fill a vacancy in the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation's senior administration. (Bryan Eneas/CBC - image credit)
Starting July 1, Patrick Maze will fill a vacancy in the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation's senior administration. (Bryan Eneas/CBC - image credit)

After seven years on the job, Patrick Maze will be stepping away from his role as leader of the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation (STF) later this year, the union has confirmed with CBC News.

Starting July 1, Maze will fill a vacancy in the STF's senior administration.

Maze is one year into a two-year term after being elected in 2021. A replacement is set to be elected at the union's annual meeting of council at the end of the month. That person will serve for one year, then the STF will hold an election for a new two-year term.

Maze is expected to remain president until June 30, creating a transition period that will allow the newly elected leader — who will likely have an existing job as a teacher — to finish out the school year, a spokesperson said.

Maze was first elected president of the STF in 2015, having served before as head of the Regina Public Schools Teachers' Association.

During his time in the role, Maze has been a vocal advocate for teachers across Saskatchewan, calling for increased education funding and smaller class sizes.

He's also been adamant throughout the pandemic about keeping public health restrictions — such as masking — in schools and helping educators get better access to provincial COVID-19 data.

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