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How to Organize a Pension Webinar

June 16, 2021
We are pleased to let stewards know that HSA is once again working with the Municipal Pension Plan to provide webinars for HSA members. Two webinars are available:  Making the Most of Your Pension: Are you establishing your career or several years away from retirement? Learn how the decisions you make throughout your career can affect your pension when you retire. 

HSA Donating To Indian Residential Schools Survivors Society

June 14, 2021
HSA Donating TO INDIAN RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS SURVIVORS SOCIETY   As people across this country pause to reflect on the horrors inflicted by the Canadian residential school program for Indigenous Peoples, and the ongoing trauma suffered by the families and communities affected, HSA is donating $25,000 to the Indian Residential Schools Survivors Society, an organization with a twenty-year history of providing essential services to Residential School Survivors, their families, and those dealing with Intergenerational traumas.  

Kane Tse Elected HSA President

June 4, 2021
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

June 3, 2021
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.

Friday, May 28 is World Menstrual Hygiene Day!

May 28, 2021
Periods are a fact of life. That’s why HSA, in partnership with the United Way, has long advocated for free access to necessary menstrual products.

Meet Candidates for HSA President on Telephone Town Hall: Members invited to hear candidates, ask questions, on Tuesday May 25 at 7:00 pm

May 21, 2021
Five union members are running to replace outgoing president Val Avery at HSA’s annual convention on June 2 - 4, and they’ll be taking questions from members around the province at a telephone town hall set for Tuesday, May 25 from 7:00 to 8:30.

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

May 13, 2021
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

May 13, 2021
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

May 5, 2021
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.

REMINDER – HSA nurses eligible for college fee reimbursement: Details on how to apply to HSA by June 30, 2021

May 5, 2021
As part of the Nurses Bargaining Association 2019-2022 collective agreement, HSA’s Registered Psychiatric Nurses and Registered Nurses are eligible for partial reimbursement of fees paid to the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM).