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Nominations open for HSA president

March 5, 2021
HSA’s 2021 50th annual convention will include an election for the position of president. The two-year term begins at the adjournment of the 2021 convention, set for June 2 to 4, 2021 online. The president is elected by delegates to the union’s annual convention in odd-numbered years. 

Applications now open for 2021-2022 professional development funding for HSA members covered by HSPBA contract

May 5, 2021
Applications are now being accepted for funding to support HSA members who work under the Health Science Professionals Collective Agreement (HSPBA) and who are pursuing professional development. The continued funding was negotiated in the 2019-2022 collective agreement, with a $400,000 contribution to the fund each year.   “I encourage members to apply to this fund to support their professional development, as I know that HSA members are committed to keeping their skills and knowledge current in an ever-advancing modern health care team,” said HSA President Val Avery.

REMINDER – HSA nurses eligible for college fee reimbursement: Details on how to apply to HSA by June 30, 2021

May 5, 2021
As part of the Nurses Bargaining Association 2019-2022 collective agreement, HSA’s Registered Psychiatric Nurses and Registered Nurses are eligible for partial reimbursement of fees paid to the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM).

HSA's next BIPOC Caucus - Thursday, April 29

April 27, 2021
The next meeting of the BIPOC Caucus will be held on Thursday, April 29, 2021 from 6 to 8pm.  This invitation is open to all members identifying as Black, Indigenous, or People of Colour (BIPOC). With HSA's Annual Convention coming in June, we will use our BIPOC meeting to: 1.           Review resolutions related to BIPOC issues 2.           Define goals and objectives on what BIPOC needs 3.           Create plans of action to accomplish the above goals

Morrison elected to represent Region 9 members on HSA Board of Directors

April 26, 2021
HSA members have elected Janice Morrison to serve a two-year term on the union’s board of directors representing Region 9, which includes worksites in the Kootenays.

Slind elected to represent Region 5 members on HSA Board of Directors

April 26, 2021
HSA members have elected Jill Slind to serve a two-year term on the union’s board of directors representing Region 5, which includes a number of worksites in the Lower Mainland including BC Children’s and Women’s Hospital and the Vancouver Cancer Centre.

Packer re-elected to represent Region 1 members on HSA Board of Directors

April 26, 2021
Becky Packer has been re-elected to serve a two-year term as a member of HSA’s Board of Directors, representing HSA members in Region1 from worksites in Nanaimo and north on Vancouver Island. A physiotherapist at Cumberland Health Centre, she has been active in the union since 2008, and was first elected to the Board of Directors in 2019. She has served as secretary-treasurer since 2020, and as chair of the union’s Climate Action Working Group.

HSA Board of Director elections: voting closes Friday. No ballot? Contact us by 12 noon (pst) Friday, April 23

April 21, 2021
The voting period in the 2021 HSA Regional Director elections to elect members of the union’s Board of Directors closes this Friday, April 23 at 8 p.m.   If you have misplaced your voting credentials, or didn’t receive an email with your voting credentials, please send an email to to ensure the online election provider, Simply Voting, can send your electronic ballot and voting credentials in time to vote.  

Solidarity Includes Everyone: Transgender people and your union Virtual Workshop

April 8, 2021
Solidarity Includes Everyone: Transgender people and your union DATE: Thursday, June 24, 2021 TIME: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm LOCATION: Virtual via WebEx   This is an awareness-raising day-long workshop on the challenges facing trans workers in communities, workplaces, and unions. We will explore how unions can work to end discrimination and support our trans members.  

Two candidates declared in election for Region 9 representative on HSA Board of Directors; online voting open March 26 to April 23

March 25, 2021
Two candidates have been nominated to represent HSA members who work in HSA Region 9 on the union’s board of directors.   The two candidates in the election are Glen Byle and Janice Morrison.   The successful candidate will assume the position of Regional Director for a two-year term at the conclusion of HSA's 2021 annual convention, June 3-4, 2021.   Candidate statements are included with voting credentials to be sent to members by email and are available on the HSA website.