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Notice to HSA members: 2020 Annual Convention postponed

HSA’s annual convention, slated for April 1 – 3, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver, has been postponed indefinitely.

The decision to postpone was made last night on an emergency conference call meeting of the union’s Board of Directors. The union has weighed the risks related to the COVID-19 pandemic to the more than 400 delegates registered to attend, and the potential impact on the public health system.

Health care union annual convention postponed

Amid growing concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, and the need to take constructive steps to control contamination, the Board of Directors of Health Sciences Association of BC (HSA) has postponed indefinitely the union’s annual convention, slated for April 1-3, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver.

“This was a difficult call, but the right call for a union whose members are on the front lines of delivering care, as well as at risk to exposure,” said HSA President Val Avery.

Mandi Ayers acclaimed as Region 10 representative on HSA Board of Directors

Mandi Ayers will return to represent HSA members in Region 10 on the HSA Board of Directors. Ayers was acclaimed after the deadline passed with no further nominations.

A medical laboratory technologist at Haida Gwaii Hospital, Ayers has served on the Board of Directors since April 2014 and has been involved in HSA her entire working career.  

She has been active in HSA for her whole working career of more than 30 years and is currently the union’s Vice-President, Chair of the union’s Resolutions Committee, and member of the Women’s Committee.

Cherylee Hylands acclaimed as Region 8 representative on HSA Board of Directors

Cherylee Hylands will return to represent HSA members in Region 8 on the HSA Board of Directors. Hylands was acclaimed after the deadline passed with no further nominations.

Hylands is a cardiology technologist working at Penticton Regional Hospital and Kelowna General Hospital. She has served on the HSA Board of Directors since June 2018 and is currently a member of the union’s Committee on Equality and Social Action, and Education and Occupational Health and Safety Committees.
 
The two-year term expires at the conclusion of the 2022 HSA Convention.

Two candidates declared in first online election for Region 4 representative on HSA Board of Directors

Two candidates have been nominated to represent HSA members working in Region 4 on the union’s board of directors.
 
The two candidates in the election are Ella Chrobak and Joe Sebastian.
 
The successful candidate will assume the position of Regional Director for a two-year term at the conclusion of HSA's 2020 annual convention. Candidate statements will be included with voting information sent to members by email or postal mail.
 

Nominations now open for HSA Board of Director elections – Jan. 23 deadline

Nominations are now open for Regional Director elections in HSA Regions 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10. This is an excellent opportunity for members to contribute to the leadership of the union and to represent the interests of other members.

HSA’s Board of Directors is comprised of 10 regional directors elected by members in the regions, and the president, who is elected every two years by delegates to the union’s convention.

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