Region 5 Regional Director By-Election 2024

Two candidates have been nominated to represent HSA members who work in HSA Region 5 on the union’s board of directors.

The two candidates in the election are Carla Gibbons and Kendra Tapscott. To read the candidate's statement, please click on their name.

A white woman with long brown hair and glasses in front of evergreen trees.

My name is Carla Gibbons and I’m running to be your next Regional Director.

A little about myself, I grew up in Kamloops and graduated from Thompson Rivers University with a BSc in Biology. I have been employed at BC Cancer as a cytotechnologist in the Cervical Cancer Screening Laboratory since 2005. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family at the beach, camping and just having fun.

I have held a variety of elected positions within HSA, currently I am the Lead Steward at BC Cancer and serve as a Labour Council delegate at the Vancouver and District Labour Council.  Both positions have afforded me the opportunity to work with people from an array of professions, and to learn of issues facing workers in both healthcare and the broader community.  Previously I served as a Member at Large on the Resolutions Committee (2017-2019) and as an HSA Regional Director (2019-2021).

My experience as a past HSA board member will allow me to quickly jump into the role of Regional Director.  I have served on the Governance and Policy Committee, Finance Committee, and Political Action Committee.  I was also lucky enough to attend the NUPGE (National Union of Public and General Employees) Leadership School in 2019 to learn skills to be an effective union leader. 

Volunteering for HSA in a range of roles has given me experience in engaging members, knowledge in union governance and the confidence to speak up for members whether it is to the employer, at union conventions or at the board table.  

If you vote for me, I promise to work hard for all the members of Region 5, and I promise to listen and to advocate on your behalf.

In Solidarity
Carla Gibbons

A candidate statement and photo were not provided by the deadline.

The successful candidate will assume the position of Regional Director for the remainder of the two-year term, which will end at the conclusion of HSA's 2025 annual convention.

All-Candidates Meeting

The All-Candidates Meeting took place on Monday, June 3 from 7 to 8 p.m. Here is a recording of the meeting:

Voting Information 

All Region 5 members with a personal email address on file with the union will receive voting credentials for online voting by email. If you are not sure if HSA has your current email on file, please click here to update your contact information.
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For members without an email contact with HSA, voting credentials will be sent by postal mail by the third-party election provider, Simply Voting, along with information on how to vote online.
Online voting will be open from 8 p.m., Monday, June 3 to 8 p.m., Monday July 8, 2024.

Other Information
You may receive email messages from the candidates; under HSA policy, candidates are entitled to contact HSA members by e-mail for the purpose of campaigning in the election.