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Gibbons elected to represent Region 5 members on Board of Directors

March 18, 2019
  HSA members have elected Carla Gibbons to serve a two-year term on the union’s board of directors representing Region 5, which includes a number of worksites in the Lower Mainalnd, including BC Children’s and Women’s Hospital and the Vancouver Cancer Centre. A cytotechnologist at the Vancouver Cancer Centre, Gibbons has been active in the union and began volunteering as a steward in 2016.

Greenhalgh re-elected to represent Region 3 members on HSA Board of Directors

March 18, 2019
  Cheryl Greenhalgh has been re-elected to serve a two-year term as a member of the HSA’s Board of Directors, representing HSA members in Region 3 from several worksites spanning from Burnaby Hospital to Eagle Ridge Hospital and SHARE Community Services in the Tricities. Greenhalgh is a medical radiation technologist at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, where she serves as a steward, in addition to her role as the union’s Secretary Treasurer for the past two years.

Upcoming Spring 2019 HSA Workshops and Trainings: Basic Steward Training, OHS Steward Training & Supervisors in the Union

March 1, 2019
  Registration Information:Stewards and/or Supervisors may register by logging into My Events Registration. Workshops are listed under Steward Education events. Basic Steward Training (3 days) 

Update on Community Health low wage redress

February 28, 2019
One of the features of the new Community Health collective agreement that expires on March 31, 2022 is a $40 million fund for low wage redress. This is different than the comparability monies distributed in the agreement that expires March 31, 2019 because it will be applied to a greater number of positions. You can find the collective agreement language HERE on the first page under “Low Wage Redress.”

Join CoDev's solidarity delegation to Central America

February 28, 2019
HSA members have been invited by CoDevelopment (CoDev) Canada to participate in its 2019 Canadian delegation to Honduras and Nicaragua.

Update on Budget 2019

February 21, 2019
On Tuesday, February 19 the BC NDP government introduced Budget 2019. Following from the Throne Speech, the budget allows us to see the actual investments being made in critical program areas and the new initiatives government has prioritized for the coming year. Budget 2019 continued to build on the government’s focus on increasing affordability for families and strengthening health care and social services. There were a number of new programs and policies introduced worth highlighting:

Second call for professional development fund applications for health science professionals - Expanded criteria options include professional development programs outside Canada

February 20, 2019
Last fall, HSA announced a $3 million Professional Development Fund funded by the provincial government aimed at supporting health science professionals to undertake professional development to increase specialization, improve health care service to rural and remote areas of BC, and meet ongoing requirements for professional development.  

BC budget invests in health and social services, but workforce challenges need attention

February 19, 2019
For Immediate Release Health Sciences Association of BC says today’s provincial budget provides important investments in health care and social services, but workforce challenges need attention. HSA represents 18,000 highly trained specialists working in diagnostic MRI, sonography and lab testing, physiotherapy, social work, radiation therapy, pharmacy, early childhood development and many other health science and social service professions.

Nominations open for David Bland Award

February 19, 2019
The David Bland Memorial Award is awarded annually to an HSA member who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the area of occupational health and safety and who has made a meaningful difference in the lives of their fellow HSA members.  The award was established by HSA's board of directors to honour HSA member David Bland,  a vocational counsellor from Richmond Mental Health  who was killed at his workplace by a former client.