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Learn about how the GLP's provincial apiarist is protecting pollinators from threats like the Asian giant hornet.

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E4D Webinars 2021

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

We have again partnered with Evidence for Democracy to bring you a four-part series of webinar sessions covering topics of engaging with elected officials, writing briefing notes, understanding science policy, and guidelines for public servants engaging in advocacy. The four-part series will be followed by an in-depth, hands-on workshop. Register for our first session taking place later this month: 

Session 1: Connecting with your political representatives
January 20th, 12 p.m. PST. Presented by Katie Gibbs.
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In this session, we will discuss the benefits of meeting with your MLA, how to go about getting and preparing for a meeting, and tools for building a lasting relationship and effectively delivering your message.

Session 2: Communicating with government policymakers with briefing notes
Date and speaker details TBC.

Session 3: Science Policy 101
Date and speaker details TBC.

Session 4: Myths and misconceptions around advocacy or public servants
Date and speaker details TBC.

Session 5: Putting it all together - Hands-on workshop 
Date and Speaker details TBC. 

While we encourage attending all the sessions, you are also welcome to sign up only for those you are most interested in and which your schedule allows. These workshops will provide you with valuable skills to engage effectively with representatives and push for stronger science integrity and increased capacity for science in the province. By attending these workshops, you will also receive accompanying toolkits to help guide your engagement work. 

We hope to see you there.

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Member Resources

Time for a shortcut. Based on what you ask for most often, we've provided some quick links to our key content.

Paul van Westendorp, a GLP member and BC’s provincial apiarist, protects pollinators from threats like the Asian giant hornet. Find out more. 


Paul van Westendorp Government Licensed Professionals

Meet the PEA


In this section

The PEA was formed in 1974, by a group of professionals working in the public sector. The story goes that the founders of the union mortgaged their houses to fund negotiations of the union’s first collective agreement. 

Now, the PEA is BC’s union for professionals. We represent a wide range of professionals including lawyers, foresters, engineers, agrologists, teachers, veterinarians, fundraisers, physiotherapists, pharmacists, psychologists program managers, librarians and more.

Our union is led by the PEA Executive. They represent members from across the chapters of the PEA and set the overall vision and direction for our union.

Resources for our members

Navigating a union can sometime be a challenging process. Under this section of the website you will find resources to help you navigate the PEA. In the members section you'll find expense claim reimbursements, information on the PEA's scholarship and bursary program and our grants and donations program.

Collective bargaining and job action resources explain the process of collective bargaining and what to do in the unlikely event of job action. 

Local reps can also find resources to help them complete their job more effectively. This includes ways to welcome new members, how to take notes in investigation disciplinary meetings and more.

The heart of our union

The PEA is made up of nine chapters, or groups of members who either work for the same employer or are in the same field of work. Each chapter has an elected executive tasked with running the affairs of the chapter. Each chapter is entitled to representation at the PEA Executive, the governing body of the union. 

Our members work for a range of employers: the Province of BC, the University of Victoria, St. Margaret's School, the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program, the Oil and Gas Commission, the Law Society of BC, Legal Services Society, the Okangan Regional Library and health authorities across BC.

Professionals need unions now more then ever

Since the 1970’s, when the PEA was formed, our mission has been to ensure our members can work in safe, productive environments and receive fair and reasonable wages and benefits for the valuable work they do. We help individuals and groups of professional workers to understand the challenges they face in their workplaces and some of the solutions available to them. 

We work with potential members to become certified as a union and achieve the wages, benefits and respect they deserve. 

The Professional | Volume 46 Issue 4

The Professional is the PEA's award-winning, quarterly magazine for members.

The December 2020 to January 2021 issue includes a look into the work of BC's provincial apiarist.

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The PEA was formed in 1974 to represent licensed professionals in the BC Public Service. Since then the organization has grown to include a wide range of professionals from across BC. Find our more about our governance, staff and strategic direction.

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