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International Women's Day March 8

On March 8th Canadians celebrate the 30th anniversary of International Womens Day. This important day was established in 1977 by the United Nations with the purpose of acknowledging the vital contribution of women to the strengthening of international peace and security.

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Meet the candidates for HSA president

As of March 1, 2007, seven HSA members have been nominated to run for the position of HSA president. The new president will be elected Saturday, April 21 by delegates to HSA's 36th annual convention in Vancouver.

Register now for all-candidates' meetings in HSA election

The registration deadline is fast-approaching for attendance at the alll-candidates' meetings in HSA's election for a new president for the first time in 14 years, as Cindy Stewart has announced she will not be seeking re-election. 

A series of three all-candidates' meetings to give convention delegates an opportunity to meet the presidential candidates, hear their vision for the union and ask questions has been scheduled as follows:

Thalia Vesterback acclaimed as Region 9 Director

HSA members in Region 9 have acclaimed Thalia Vesterback as their representative to the HSA Board of Directors. She was acclaimed after the February 8th deadline passed with no further nominations. 

Thalia is an ultrasound technologist who is currently supporting the computer system for diagnostic imaging in the Kootenay Boundary region.  She has been an HSA member since 1994. 

Election for HSA board member to be held in Region 7

During the next several weeks, HSA members in Region 7 will have an opportunity to elect their representative on the HSA Board of Directors.

Nominations for the position closed on February 8, 2007 with two members declaring their candidacy:  Marg Beddis, a Dietitian at Surrey Memorial Hospital, and Audrey MacMillan, current Regional Director for Region 7 and a Registered Psychiatric Nurse with Chilliwack General Hospital.

Reid Johnson acclaimed as Region 5 Director

 

HSA members in Region 5 have acclaimed Reid Johnson as their representative to the HSA Board of Directors. He was acclaimed after the February 8th deadline passed with no further nominations.

Reid is a vocational case manager at the Employment Resource Centre for Persons with Disabilities. He has been a member of HSA since 1990.  He served on the Board of Directors from 1997 to 2002, and was returned to the Board in 2005.

Bruce MacDonald acclaimed as Region 3 Director

HSA members in Region 3 have acclaimed Bruce MacDonald as their representative to the HSA Board of Directors. He was acclaimed after the February 8th deadline passed with no further nominations. 

Bruce is a social worker at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster. He has been a member of HSA since 2000. 

Suzanne Bennett acclaimed as Region 1 Director

HSA members in Region 1 have once again acclaimed Suzanne Bennett as their representative to the HSA Board of Directors. She was acclaimed after the February 8th deadline passed with no further nominations. 

Suzanne has been the Region 1 Director since 2006.  She is the first HSA member from the community social services sector to serve on the board.

Suzanne is a youth addictions counsellor at the John Howard Society in Courtenay. She has been a member of HSA since 1998 and served as chief steward for five years.  

All-candidate meetings set for March in HSA election for president

(first web-posted January 17, 2007)

Delegates to the 2007 HSA Convention will elect a new union president for the first time in 14 years.  As this marks a major change in the leadership of the union, HSA will be holding a series of three all-candidate meetings to give chief stewards an opportunity to meet the presidential candidates, hear their vision for the union and ask questions.

The all-candidate meetings will be as follows:

Scholarships and bursaries available for HSA members and their families

HSA is offering scholarships and bursaries to all members and their children. We will be awarding ten scholarships for full-time studies, ten bursaries for full-time studies and two aboriginal scholarships.

The criteria and details are set out on the application forms. To obtain a copy please see the HSA website: www.hsabc.org or contact your chief steward.