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HSA members return Rachel Tutte as Region 6 Director

Rachel Tutte, a physiotherapist at Holy Family Hospital has been acclaimed as the Region 6 representative on the HSA Board of Directors after the February 7th deadline passed with no further nominations.

Rachel has been a member of HSA since 1986 when she started work at St. Marys Hospital in New Westminster. She soon became active in the union as a steward.  Rachel currently serves on HSAs Education, Political Action and Resolutions Committees, and is an active constituency liaison.

HSA members return Agnes Jackman as Region 4 Director

Agnes Jackman, a physiotherapist at George Pearson Rehabilitation Centre, has been acclaimed as the Region 4 representative on the HSA Board of Directors after the February 7th deadline passed with no further nominations.

Agnes has been an HSA member since 1973, when she started working as a physical therapist at Vancouver General Hospital. She was active in her professional association from 1977 to 1992 and has served as a union steward at the George Pearson Centre since the late 1990s. 

Three candidates running for Regional Director in Region 2

During the next several weeks, HSA members in Region 2 will have an opportunity to elect a new representative on the HSA Board of Directors.  Current Region 2 Director, Brian Isberg, announced last year that he would not be seeking re-election.

Nominations for the position closed on February 7th with three members declaring their candidacy: Val Avery, a physiotherapist at Royal Jubilee Hospital, Derrick Hoyt, a pathologists assistant at Royal Jubilee Hospital, and Anna Morton, a social worker at the Queen Alexandra Centre for Childrens Health.

HSA members return Joan Magee as Region 8 Director

Joan Magee, a laboratory technologist at Cariboo Memorial Hospital, has been acclaimed as the Region 8 representative on the HSA Board of Directors after the February 7th deadline passed with no further nominations.

Joan is a charter member of HSA and has served as a chief steward at Cariboo Memorial Hospital in Williams Lake since 1996. As a Member-At-Large for Region 10, she served on the unions Education and Resolutions Committees.  She currently serves on the unions Occupational Health & Safety and Equality & Social Action Committees.

Workshop Reminder

There is still room available in the two-day OH&S Steward Training workshop on March 10 & 11, 2008.  Please register as soon as possible if you are interested in attending this workshop.

OH&S Steward Training:  March 10 & 11, 2008

Eligible stewards should print a pre-registration form off the HSA website (go to 'Member Services', then 'Education') and return it to the HSA Office (Attention:  Karin Herbert) as soon as possible.  HSA will call you to confirm your registration.

National Union responds to new Health Council report

'The National Union has set out a ten step plan for addressing wait-times and putting our Medicare system on stable footing. This report suggests that we are on the right track.'  ... James Clancy, NUPGE president

Ottawa (4 Feb. 2008) ... A new report from the Health Council of Canada (HCC) makes an important contribution to the on-going dialogue regarding health care reform in Canada, says James Clancy, National President of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE).

Agreement reached in Bill 29 talks

Highlights include a $3 million fund for re-dress and education

The HSA Board of Directors has approved a tentative Memorandum of Agreement with the provincial government and HEABC that includes a one-time payout of $3-million that will compensate members financially harmed by Bill 29 and establish an educational fund for health science professionals covered by the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association contract.

Co-Development Canada holds world film festival February 8-10

Rights, Reels and Resistance is the theme of Co-Development Canada's World Community Film Festival February 8...10 at Langara College.

The seventh annual film festival features documentaries set around the globe about social justice and environmental issues. This years theme reflects the urgent need to acknowledge and celebrate resistance and the fight for human rights in communities across the world.

For information and listings, visit the film festival website.