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UPDATED August 17: COVID-19 and health care and community social service workers: Frequently asked questions

March 11, 2020

HSA nurses eligible for college fee reimbursement: Details on how to apply to HSA by July 31, 2020

March 9, 2020
As part of the new Nurses Bargaining Association 2019-2022 collective agreement, effective April 1, 2020, HSA registered psychiatric nurses are eligible for partial reimbursement of fees paid to the BC College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP). The rate of reimbursement has been set at $215 per member.

Sebastian re-elected to represent Region 4 members on HSA Board of Directors

March 2, 2020
Joe Sebastian will continue to represent HSA members in Region 4 on the union’s Board of Directors. Sebastian was re-elected to serve a two-year term, representing HSA members in Region 4 from several worksites, including Vancouver General Hospital, Richmond Hospital, and UBC Hospital.

COVID 19: Update to HSA Members

February 27, 2020
COVID 19: UPDATE TO HSA MEMBERS The provincial medical health officer has provided regular briefings to BC’s health care unions about the developing situation worldwide related to COVID 19 (Novel Coronavirus). Information from the medical health officers is that Canada is dealing well with this virus.

Upcoming HSA Workshops and Training: Basic Steward Training - June 1-3, 2020 & Supervisors in the Union - May 11-12, 2020

February 27, 2020
Upcoming HSA Workshops and Trainings:  Basic Steward Training Supervisors in the Union

BC budget continues investments in health care and affordability measures

February 18, 2020
 For Immediate Release Health Sciences Association of BC says today’s provincial budget makes important investments in health care and affordability measures, but professional shortages in the health care system require action. HSA represents more than 18,000 highly trained professionals working in medical imaging and lab testing, physiotherapy, social work, respiratory therapy, pharmacy, early childhood development, and many other health science and social service professions.

Seeking EDMP Regional Representative – PHSA

February 11, 2020
Are you an HSA member with a passion for disability management and rehabilitation? Do you have strong organizational, multi-tasking, and problem-solving skills? Are you employed with the Provincial Health Services Authority? If so, consider putting in an application for an appointment as an Enhanced Disability Management Program (EDMP) regional representative.   

Mackenzie Counselling Services employees join HSA

February 7, 2020
Mackenzie Counselling Services (MCS) employees voted 100 per cent in favour of joining HSA. HSA’s nine newest members work in reception, finance, counselling, supported child development, family support, and child and youth care roles. They serve the community of Mackenzie, a remote mill town located 185 km north of Prince George. MCS employees join a growing wave of mental health care workers voting for union representation with HSA.

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

February 4, 2020
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

February 4, 2020
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.