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Reminder: February 28, 2011 deadline for HSA Scholarships and Bursaries

February 3, 2011
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:  http://www.hsabc.org/content.php?id=10&sid=5

VIHA fails to protect health care staff; WorkSafeBC to issue fines

February 3, 2011
WorkSafeBC has issued nine separate orders at two Victoria-area mental health facilities criticizing the failure of Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) to protect the safety of staff. -This is a staggering number of WorkSafeBC orders issued against one employer," said HSA President Reid Johnson. Johnson, who has worked on psychiatric wards as a social worker, said unstable psychiatric patients are often unable to restrain their violent behavior. Hospital management, he said, has to take responsibility for patient as well as staff safety.

Election to be held for Region 5 Director

February 1, 2011
During the next several weeks, HSA members in Region 5 will have an opportunity to elect their representative on HSAs Board of Directors. Nominations for the position closed on January 27th with two members declaring their candidacy: â€¢ Ramzan Anjum, a Medical Laboratory Technologist at BC Childrens Hospital in Vancouver; and • Kimball Finigan, a Radiation Therapist at the Vancouver Cancer Centre (BCCA).

Election to be held for Region 7 Director

February 1, 2011
During the next several weeks, HSA members in Region 7 will have an opportunity to elect their representative on HSAs Board of Directors. Nominations for the position closed on January 27th with two members declaring their candidacy: â€¢ Marg Beddis, a Dietitian at Surrey Memorial  Hospital; and • Brent Jeklin, a Medical Radiation Technologist at Langley Memorial Hospital.

Election to be held for Region 9 Director

February 1, 2011
During the next several weeks, HSA members in Region 9 will have an opportunity to elect their representative on HSAs Board of Directors. Nominations for the position closed on January 27th with two members declaring their candidacy: â€¢ Janice Morrison, a Physiotherapist at Kootenay Lake  Hospital in Nelson; and • Jackie Spain, a Medical Laboratory Technologist at Golden & District General Hospital.

Anne Davis acclaimed as new Region 1 Director

February 1, 2011
HSA members in Region 1 have elected Anne Davis as their new representative to the HSA Board of Directors.  Anne was acclaimed after the January 27th deadline passed with no further nominations.  Former Region 1 Director, Suzanne Bennett, did not seek re-election.

Bruce MacDonald acclaimed as Region 3 Director

February 1, 2011
HSA members in Region 3 have once again elected Bruce MacDonald as their representative to the HSA Board of Directors. He was acclaimed after the January 27th 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. 

Health authority abandons plan to privatize service

January 27, 2011
Globe and Mail

Conference call January 31 for HSA members working in health information management

January 27, 2011
HSA members working throughout the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley received notice Jan 10, 2011 of a region-wide plan to consolidate health information management services in the Lower Mainland. Important meetings to discuss how the consolidation plan may affect the jobs of HSA members working in health information management were held this week. Members who did not have an opportunity to participate in any of the meetings are invited to joing a conference call on Monday January 31 as follows:

International Women's Day - 2011

January 26, 2011
Vancouver & District Labour Council Women's Committee invites you to: 100 YEARS OF CELEBRATING WOMEN Thursday, March 3Doors Open:  5:30 p.m.Dinner:  6:45 p.m. Fraserview Hall8240 Fraser Street Please see attached poster for more details and to please post.