Scholarships and Bursaries

The scholarship and bursary programs are under review. The deadline for 2020 has been extended to June 30, 2020. Details on the revised program will be available in March 2020. 

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Scholarship and Bursary 2020 Notification

2019 Scholarship Winners

Gabriel Harrison | High School

I am incredibly thankful to the PEA Union and its members to be the recipient of this scholarship. I am very excited to have been accepted into the Faculty of Environment at Simon Fraser University where I will pursue a degree in Environmental Science starting in September. This scholarship helps me pay for tuition and residence so I can continue my education. Thank you!

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Robyn Bartle | Post-Secondary

Thank you for the PEA scholarship. This scholarship enables me to continue into the second year of a bachelor of science in nursing at Vancouver Island University. 

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Kara Labelle | Post-Secondary

I would like to thank the PEA for its generous support towards my academic and career pursuits. I completed my first year of engineering in April 2019 at the University of Victoria and am looking forward to continuing my studies this upcoming fall, having just recently declared in Civil Engineering. With an interest in the environmental concerns of climate change, I hope to eventually apply my engineering skills to the advancement of renewable energy technologies and infrastructure. Once again, I would like to emphasize my gratitude towards the PEA: its contribution has enabled me to continue my educational endeavors.

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Parisa Sabokrooh | Post-Secondary

I am very honoured to be a recipient of the PEA scholarship. It will help me in continuing my education and working toward my academic and professional goals. But more importantly, it encourages me to know that my work is valuable. I am studying Community Development at UVic, and I am learning every day about the power and importance of communities in overcoming social, economical, and environmental problems. PEA's scholarship was a nice and timely affirmation of this in the beginning of my studies, and it motivates me even more to work harder so I can give back to my community in the future. Thank you!

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Kira Aird | Post-Secondary

As the recipient of the PEA’s 2019 scholarship award, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the tremendous support that you have provided me through this award. It is my honor to be the recipient of the award this year.

I am currently a Registered Massage Therapy student at the Okanogan Valley College of Massage Therapy, which is a program that has enabled me to live out my life goal of pursuing a career aimed at health, wellness, and holistic healing. Receiving this scholarship motivates me to continue working hard to achieve my goals. By awarding me this financial award, you have lightened my financial burden, which allows me to focus more on the two most important aspects of my education, learning, and giving back. I hope that one day I could have a chance to help others, as you have helped me.

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Claire Hatcher | Post-Secondary

I would like to say thank you to the PEA for making this scholarship available and helping me complete my educational journey. I am currently a third year nursing student at UNBC and I plan to use this scholarship to help pay for my fourth and final year of nursing school in the fall.

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Sarah Raeanne Grady | Post-Secondary

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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 1

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

The January-February 2020 issue includes a Vancouver Sun op/ed piece from PEA Executive Director Scott McCannell on the Legal Services Society strike.

Read the January-February 2020 issue



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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