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HSA Board of Directors elects vice president, secretary-treasurer

Suzanne Bennett, regional director for HSA Region 1, has been elected by the HSA Board of Directors to serve as the unions vice-president. 

The vice-president assumes the duties of the president at the presidents request or in the presidents absence and chairs the unions resolutions committee. This is her second term as vice-president.

Rally for Medicare, increased political action supported by HSA delegates

Delegates rallied to Stand Up for Medicare.

Delegates to the 37th annual convention of the Health Sciences Association kicked off the two-day convention with a rally to support Medicare, and closed the annual meeting bidding farewell to two long-standing board members.

The Friday rally, -Standing up for Medicare" featured warnings about what the future hold for health care in B.C.

HSA convention delegates hold rally to Stand up for Medicare

The Health Sciences Association of BC (HSA) will kick off its 37th annual convention Friday, April 18, 2008 at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown Hotel in Burnaby, 6083 MacKay Avenue.

Charting our Course is the theme of this years convention, as delegates consider a number of resolutions to set priorities for the unions future. Delegates will also participate in a noon-hour rally to defend publicly funded and delivered health care.

Highlights of the Convention include:

Valerie Avery new Region 2 Director

HSA members in Region 2 have elected Valerie Avery, a physiotherapist at Royal Jubilee Hospital, as their representative on the union's Board of Directors.

The other candidates for election were Derrick Hoyt, a pathologists assistant at Royal Jubilee Hospital, and Anna Morton, a social worker at Queen Alexandra Centre for Childrens Health.

Heather Sapergia new Region 10 Director

HSA members in Region 10 have elected Heather Sapergia, a medical laboratory technologist at Prince George Regional Hospital, as their representative on the union's Board of Directors.

The other candidate for election was Mandi Ayers, a medical laboratory technologist at Bulkley Valley District Hospital.

Two candidates running for Regional Director in Region 10

During the next several weeks, HSA members in Region 10 will have an opportunity to elect a new representative on the HSA Board of Directors. Current Region 10 Director, Lois Dick, announced last year that she would not be seeking re-election.

Nominations for the position closed on February 7th with two members declaring their candidacy: Mandi Ayers, a Medical Laboratory Technologist at Bulkley Valley District Hospital and Heather Sapergia, also a Medical Laboratory Technologist, at Prince George Regional Hospital.

HSA members return Rachel Tutte as Region 6 Director

Rachel Tutte, a physiotherapist at Holy Family Hospital has been acclaimed as the Region 6 representative on the HSA Board of Directors after the February 7th deadline passed with no further nominations.

Rachel has been a member of HSA since 1986 when she started work at St. Marys Hospital in New Westminster. She soon became active in the union as a steward.  Rachel currently serves on HSAs Education, Political Action and Resolutions Committees, and is an active constituency liaison.

HSA members return Agnes Jackman as Region 4 Director

Agnes Jackman, a physiotherapist at George Pearson Rehabilitation Centre, has been acclaimed as the Region 4 representative on the HSA Board of Directors after the February 7th deadline passed with no further nominations.

Agnes has been an HSA member since 1973, when she started working as a physical therapist at Vancouver General Hospital. She was active in her professional association from 1977 to 1992 and has served as a union steward at the George Pearson Centre since the late 1990s. 

Three candidates running for Regional Director in Region 2

During the next several weeks, HSA members in Region 2 will have an opportunity to elect a new representative on the HSA Board of Directors.  Current Region 2 Director, Brian Isberg, announced last year that he would not be seeking re-election.

Nominations for the position closed on February 7th with three members declaring their candidacy: Val Avery, a physiotherapist at Royal Jubilee Hospital, Derrick Hoyt, a pathologists assistant at Royal Jubilee Hospital, and Anna Morton, a social worker at the Queen Alexandra Centre for Childrens Health.