HSP — Health Science Professionals

Health Science Professionals who work for regional health authorities are represented by a bargaining association.

PEA members — physiotherapists, pharmacists, psychologists and public health engineers — make up a small part of some 10,000 professionals.

Apart from PEA, other unions in the bargaining association include the Health Sciences Association (HSA), the BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) and others.

At Your Fingertips

Need Help?

Your Labour Relations Officer is Rhiannon Bray, 250-385-8791 ext 204


HSP Executive

Chairperson: Ronda Field, 604-897-0189

Vice-Chair: Zaheen Rhemtulla, 604-524-7907

Secretary: Vacant

Treasurer: Cindy Ashton

Member-at-large: Sarah Henckel-Sutmoller, 250-850-2180

Member-at-large: Alyssa Beaven, 250-851-7917

Member Programs

HSP offers two programs for PEA members in this Chapter:

  • Professional Development funding
  • An Enhanced Disability Management Program (EDMP)

You can find out more about both programs here.

HSP News

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The PEA made a submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services for Budget 2021. Our focus was on recruitment and retention challenges.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Dear HSP members,

HSP AGM 2019


The HSP AGM will be held via teleconference this year on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Members are encouraged to attend. Contact membership for the call-in numbers.

The agenda for the meeting is below: 

Call to order / Establishment of Quorum: 

0.0.  Additions to Agenda

1.0   Review of 2018 AGM minutes (log-in required)

2.0   Business arising from 2018 AGM 

3.0   Chairperson’s Report 

4.0   Treasurer’s Report

4.1 2018 Financial report, 2019 YTD Financial Report

4.2 Expenses  - scan and send lunch receipts to Treasurer Cindy Ashton

5.0   LRO report 

6.0   HSP Committee Vacancies / Nominations/ Elections

  • Chair (currently Ronda Field)

  • Vice-Chair (currently Zaheen Rhemtulla)

  • Treasurer (currently Cindy Ashton)

  • Secretary (currently vacant)

  • Member-at-Large (currently Sarah Henckel-Sutmoller)

7.0 New Business

HSP Collective Agreement FAQs

HSP Constitution

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 August-September 2020 issue includes a look into Animal Care Services at UVic.

Read the September-Ocotober 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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