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Education fund available for HSA members in HSPBA agreement

February 16, 2009
(This information applies to HSA members of the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association.) In January of 2008 the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association successfully negotiated an agreement to resolve issues flowing from the Supreme Court of Canada decision that certain sections of Bill 29 were unconstitutional. HSA made professional development for our members a priority. As a result, the final agreement included a fund for professional development education for all HSPBA members.

Suzanne Bennett acclaimed as Region 1 Director

February 16, 2009
HSA members in Region 1 have again acclaimed Suzanne Bennett as their representative to the HSA Board of Directors. She was acclaimed after the February 12th 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. 

Marg Beddis acclaimed as Region 7 Director

February 16, 2009
HSA members in Region 7 have re-elected Marg Beddis, a dietitian at Surrey Memorial Hospital, as their representative on the HSA Board of Directors. Since becoming an HSA member in 1991, Marg has been active as a Steward, Assistant Chief Steward and Chief Steward for Surrey Memorial Hospital.  She has also served as a Member-at-Large, and on several HSA committees, including Occupational Health and Safety, Political Action, Equality and Social Action, and Resolutions. Marg has also been an HSA Constituency Liaison in Surrey.

Janice Morrison acclaimed as Region 9 Director

February 16, 2009
HSA members in Region 9 have acclaimed Janice Morrison, a physiotherapist at Kootenay Lake Hospital, as their representative on the HSA Board of Directors. Since becoming an HSA member in 1990, Janice has been a Steward, Assistant Chief Steward, and Chief Steward at Kootenay Lake Hospital, as well as a Member-at-Large.  She previously sat on the Committee for Equality and Social Action, and the Political Action Committee, and currently serves on the Trial Committee.

Kimball Finigan acclaimed as Region 5 Director

February 16, 2009
HSA members in Region 5 have acclaimed Kimball Finigan, a radiation therapist at the Vancouver Centre of the BC Cancer Agency as their representative on the HSA board of directors.  He was acclaimed after the February 12th deadline passed with no further nominations.

Bruce MacDonald acclaimed as Region 3 Director

February 16, 2009
HSA members in Region 3 have once again acclaimed Bruce MacDonald as their representative to the HSA Board of Directors. He was acclaimed after the February 12th 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.  Bruce was first elected to the HSA Board of Directors in 2006 and currently sits on the unions Constitutional and Organizational Policy committee, Finance committee, and also serves as the unions Secretary-Treasurer.

Inside PEARS - Volume 5, Issue 1 : Winter 2009

February 13, 2009
Presented by The Occupational Health & Safety Agency for Healthcare in BC Inside PEARS is a quarterly e-newsletter intended to keep you informed on what is happening in the PEARS community. This newsletter is a forum for sharing success stories and best practices, and for learning about new research and issues impacting PEARS programs across the province.

Labour to campaign for economic change

February 10, 2009
Canadas labour leaders have given a resounding thumbs-down to the economic stimulus package presented in the federal budget. While it may address some of the difficult circumstances that working families face, they say it is fundamentally flawed and fails to address the problems faced by the hundreds of thousands of people who are losing their jobs.

Violence in health care survey

February 10, 2009
Between 2003 and 2007 more than 10 per cent of BC health care and social assistance claims were violence-related, according to WorkSafeBC. Taking into account incidents of violence that are not reported or do not result in a claim, a true picture of violence faced by BC health care workers is still unknown.

Time for a poverty reduction plan for BC

February 9, 2009
On February 5, 2009, more than 200 organizations and community leaders joined together to call on all BC political parties to commit to a comprehensive, legislated poverty reduction plan. Health Sciences Association of BC is one of the more than 200 organizations to sign onto an open letter calling for a commitment to a comprehensive poverty reducation plan.