Member and Steward Education and Scholarships

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Funds still available for RPN professional development

 HSA Registered Psychiatric Nurses are encouraged to access funding available through the union for professional development.

“Continuing education is important to Registered Psychiatric Nurses, and HSA has structure this fund – obtained through contract bargaining – to provide access to training dollars to as many members as possible,” said HSA President Val Avery.

2013 HSA Scholarship and Bursary recipients

Melissa Eden, HSA bursary recipient
Melissa Eden used her HSA bursary to complete a Bachelor and Science in Psychology



"I completed my Bachelor of Science in Psychology last week and am now entering the work force. Thank you for your support it was appreciated and will be put to good use, :)"

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Fall 2013 Basic Steward Training

Stewards play a vital role in the union. Particularly important is the steward's role in contract interpretation, organizing and the grievance procedure. In recognition of the need for educating new stewards in these areas, HSA is offering a 3-day Basic Steward Training workshop at the HSA office this fall:

Dates: November 25 – 27, 2013

Location: HSA Office, 300 – 5118 Joyce Street, Vancouver

HSA offers scholarships for Summer Institute for Union Women

  • June 25 – 29, 2013 - University of Washington, Seattle

The Summer Institute for Union Women (SIUW) is a 4-day residential school designed to empower women as leaders in the labour movement through participatory education and community-building.

Participants will work on:

New professional development fund for HSA registered psychiatric nurses

HSA announced today the establishment of a $120,000 Professional Development Fund accessible to all registered psychiatric nurses who are members of HSA.

The funds, achieved through collective bargaining, may be used to cover professional development courses and events. HSA will cover the cost of tuition, registration fees, books and related expenses to a maximum of $500. Application deadline is December 31, 2013.

Professional development fund for HSPBA members: applications now available

The 2012-2014 HSPBA collective agreement includes a new $225,000 Professional Development Fund for use by all HSPBA members, including HSA members, over the term of the collective agreement.

To maximize the number of members eligible to apply for the funding, there will be two deadlines: One for courses commenced between April 1, 2013 and September 30, 2013 and another for courses commenced between October 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.

Celebrating International Womens Day ... Knowing Our History -- Inspired to Change our Future

HSA invites women in our union to join us to celebrate International Womens Day.  Building on last year's success, HSA will be holding a two day workshop to celebrate International Women's Day, and learn about Women For Change on March 7 and 8, 2013 at the HSA office.

Through this workshop, HSA is providing the opportunity for members to combine IWD events and in-house HSA training.