Abbotsford teacher reprimanded for ‘highly offensive’ voicemail message

Teacher Regulation Branch issues letter of discipline

Abbotsford teacher reprimanded for 'highly offensive' voicemail message

An Abbotsford teacher has been reprimanded by the Teacher Regulation Branch (TRB) for a voicemail message he left in 2014.

Documents posted online this week by the branch state that Cameron John Carl Smith – a teacher at W. J. Mouat Secondary – was in “a state of inebriation” when he left a “highly offensive and insulting” message for a district payroll clerk on June 12 of last year.

The documents do not detail the context of the message.

Smith was issued a letter of discipline in October and was urged to write an apology letter to the affected employee, which he did.

In addition, he was required to complete a course titled “Enhancing Emotional Intelligence for Workplace Success.”

In an agreement that Smith signed with the TRB, he admitted that his conduct was “unbecoming” and was contrary to the professional conduct of educators in B.C.

Smith, who has been certified as a teacher since 2007, did not face any further disciplinary action such as a suspension.

The TRB is a branch of the MInistry of Education.