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HSA members re-elect Allen Peters as Region 8 Director

February 10, 2012
HSA members in Region 8 have once again elected Allen Peters as their representative to the HSA Board of Directors. Allen was acclaimed after the February 9th deadline passed with no further nominations. Allen is a medical imaging technologist at Nicola Valley General Hospital in Merritt, where he continues to serve as an Occupational Health & Safety Steward.

Heather Sapergia acclaimed as Region 10 Director

February 10, 2012
HSA members in Region 10 have once again elected Heather Sapergia as their representative to the HSA Board of Directors. Heather was acclaimed after the February 9th deadline passed with no further nominations.  Heather works as a Medical Laboratory Technologist at the University Hospital of Northern BC where she continues to serve as an Assistant Chief Steward. 

Reminder: February 29, 2012 deadline - Scholarships and bursaries available forHSA members and their families

February 9, 2012
HSA is offering scholarships and bursaries to all members and their children.  We will be awarding ten scholarships for full-time studies, twenty bursaries for full-time studies, four bursaries for part-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:

Celebrating International Womens Day - Knowing our History ... Shaping our Future

February 8, 2012
Thursday, March 8, 2012HSA Office, Vancouver HSA invites women members to participate in a workshop that combines celebrating International Womens Day and in-house HSA training.            Part of the goal this day is to:

2012 David Bland Award

February 6, 2012
Nominations for the 2012 David Bland Award are now open. Members will note that this award may now be awarded to a group of members as well as to an individual.  Here is a link to the 2012 David Bland Award. For more information about this award please contact Marty Lovick, Senior LRO (OH&S) at 604.439.0994 x 560, 1.800.663.2017 x 560 or

Your questions from telephone town hall meeting

February 1, 2012
Two weeks ago, we held a special telephone town hall meeting for pharmacists concerned about government plans to cut your salary by up to 14%.  Several hundred people took part in this important discussion, and we answered a number of questions from members like you. Unfortunately, we have since learned that our technical supplier for the event made an error.  As a result of this supplier error, some questions left by members at the end of the meeting were not received. 

Workers in community health begin tabling bargaining proposals

January 31, 2012
Bargaining for British Columbias over 13,000 workers employed in community health services and support kicked off this week.  Talks commenced between the Community Bargaining Association (CBA) and the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) on January 23 with the exchange of opening remarks and the initial tabling of proposals.  The CBA presented a summary of the priorities identified by health care workers and proposals related to harassment and bullying.  On Thursday the CBA also tabled proposals related to employer and union relations.

Community Social Services: First bargaining dates set for late February

January 27, 2012
Community social service workers across British Columbia are returning to the bargaining table. The current collective agreement expires on March 31, 2012. The first dates for bargaining with the employer have now been set for the week of February 27.

Service Consolidations ... Fraser Health Authority Transfer Forms

January 26, 2012
Lower Mainland pharmacists being consolidated and transferred to Fraser Health Authority in early March, and who are not currently employed by Fraser Health Authority, you are asked to NOT provide the transfer forms FHA has sent you, with a deadline for return of January 27.

Fund to support Babine workers and families launched by United Steelworkers

January 26, 2012
The United Steelworkers (USW) announced this week the launch of a fundraising campaign and the creation of a trust account to provide support to the workers of Babine Forest Products and their families in the wake of an explosion at the Burns Lake, B.C. sawmill.