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Kane Tse Elected HSA President

Portrait of Kane Tse

Delegates to HSA’s 50th annual convention have elected Kane Tse, an Assistant Bioinformatics Coordinator at Vancouver Cancer Centre, to serve as President.

“We have a lot of things to accomplish in front of us,” Tse told delegates. “Some of them are going to be challenging, some are going to be rewarding. But we’re going to get through them together, and most importantly, they’re going to be ours to celebrate.”

HSA and BC Government Agree on New Funding for Professional Development

Working in partnership with the government of British Columbia, Health Sciences Association of BC has secured $3 million in new funding to support professional development for members covered by the Health Sciences Professional Bargaining Association collective agreement. The funding, provided by the BC Ministry of Health, will allow members to pursue further specialization of skills in key professions.

Call for members to serve on union Trial Committee – May 28 deadline

As part of the union’s complaints and dispute resolution process provided under HSA’s constitution, each year the union establishes a Trial Committee, with election of the members of the committee held at the union’s annual convention, scheduled June 2-4, 2021.
 
Any member may forward their name as a candidate for election to the Trial Committee. Members do not have to be a delegate to convention to run for election, however, only delegates elected to the convention may vote on the membership of the Trial Committee.
 

Leadership Training Opportunities

Below is information on two on-line leadership training opportunities HSA members may be interested in.

Please note, both events meet the criteria for the union’s Political Action Fund. Members can apply to the fund to help access these events.

Our Future Your Path

Applications now open for 2021-2022 professional development funding for HSA members covered by HSPBA contract

Applications are now being accepted for funding to support HSA members who work under the Health Science Professionals Collective Agreement (HSPBA) and who are pursuing professional development. The continued funding was negotiated in the 2019-2022 collective agreement, with a $400,000 contribution to the fund each year.
 
“I encourage members to apply to this fund to support their professional development, as I know that HSA members are committed to keeping their skills and knowledge current in an ever-advancing modern health care team,” said HSA President Val Avery.

HSA's next BIPOC Caucus - Thursday, April 29

The next meeting of the BIPOC Caucus will be held on Thursday, April 29, 2021 from 6 to 8pm.  This invitation is open to all members identifying as Black, Indigenous, or People of Colour (BIPOC).

With HSA's Annual Convention coming in June, we will use our BIPOC meeting to:

1.           Review resolutions related to BIPOC issues

2.           Define goals and objectives on what BIPOC needs

3.           Create plans of action to accomplish the above goals