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Change on the agenda for HSA convention

With HSAs annual convention just over a month away, candidates for president have completed a series of three all-candidates meetings held in Kelowna, New Westminster and Victoria.

A complete webcast of the New Westminster meeting is now available for viewing here. Tune in to see the candidates opening statements, an extensive question-and-answer session, and closing statements. The webcast, produced by Working TV, is divided into several sections, allowing viewers to select the portions of the meeting they are interested in reviewing. DVDs of the meeting are also available. Contact Pattie McCormack at the HSA office to request a copy.

Eight candidates have been nominated for president to date. Statements from the seven candidates who were nominated by the February 19 deadline for inclusion in the Annual Report are being mailed to all members this week. Candidates who have provided statements are also featured on the HSA website.

Election for a new president, to replace 14-year president Cindy Stewart, will be Saturday, April 21 at HSAs 36th convention.

In addition to electing a new president, HSAs 36th annual convention will feature a presentation on climate change by Vancity Chief Executive Officer Dave Mowat. Mowat is one of only a handful of Canadians who received training from Al Gore on the presentation of An Inconvenient Truth, the call to arms for taking personal action to address climate change.

-We are extremely fortunate to be the only union to present this important message about taking concrete steps to affect climate change. HSA members have urged their union and the labour movement to take a leadership role on this issue, and I am pleased that Dave Mowat accepted our invitation to deliver this timely and important message," said HSA President Cindy Stewart.

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