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: Alyssa Beaven

Secretary-Treasurer: Sean Lisik

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

Member-at-large: Sam Rumak

Member-at-large: Sam Suffiad

Professional Development Funding

Chapter Funding

The chapter offers a variety of programs for HSP members to fund professional development:

  • HSPBA Pro-D funding
  • Chapter Bursary

You can find out more about chapter funding options here.

Enhanced Disability Management Program

Enhanced Disability Management Program (EDMP)

You can find out more information here.

HSP News

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

The Health Sciences Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) is pleased to announce $3 million in new funding for professional development of health science professionals.

Monday, June 20, 2022

Dear HSP members,

Thursday, January 13, 2022

The PEA and HSP Chapter Executive sent the following letter to Minister Dix regarding the urgent need to improve the retention and recruitment of physiotherapists.

HSP AGM 2022


October 14, 2022
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. PDT

Registration for Zoom Link was sent via email. Contact membership@pea.org for assistance.


1. Call to Order/Territory Acknowledgement/Establishment of Quorum (7)

2. Additions to Agenda

3. Review of 2021 Draft AGM Minutes of October 15, 2021 - ACTION: Approval Required

4. Reports
4.1. PEA Executive Director's Report (S. McCannell)
    4.2. Association Executive Report (A. Beaven)
    4.3. Chair's Report (R.Field)
           a. 2022 Membership Survey Highlights
           b. Communication
           c. Local Reps
           d. Education Opportunities: 2023 Conference, PEA Webinars, BCFED OHS
           e. Committee Reports: EQD, Governance, Education
    4.4. Treasurer's Report (S. Lisik)
           a. Financial Report: 2021 Summary, 2022 YTD, Current Balance - ACTION: Approval Required 
           b. Lunch Bursaries for AGM: Automatic $20 Reimbursement to Attendees
           c. Donations
   4.5. Labour Relations Officer's Report (R. Bray)
          a. 2022 Bargaining Update
          b. Grievance Process/Update 

5. Business Arising from 2021 AGM
5.1 Bursaries Paid for 2022: Several member applicants had not applied for ProD funding and had to be redirected.
          Family member recipient was very excited to receive bursary. Next round scheduled for 2023, but we have a
          healthy bank balance. Should we offer another round this year? Member or Family member? 

6. New Business
    6.1. HSP Constitution Updates (Housekeeping): 
    6.2. Engagement Strategies – Member suggestions, volunteers to manage social media?

7. HSP Committee Vacancies/Nominations/Elections
   Current Executive committee includes the following:

  •    Ronda Field (Current Chair)
  •    Sean Lisik (Current Secretary-Treasurer)
  •    Alyssa Beaven (Current Vice-Chair, HSP Rep on PEA Association Executive)
  •   Sarah Sutmoller (Current Member-at-Large)
  •   Looking for other Members-at-Large
      (including regions and professions not currently represented - particulary Pharmacy and Psychology)
  •   Nominations
  •   Elections

8. Prize Draw
$20 Lunch Gift Certificate for All Attendees
   $25 Door Prizes (five available, must still be present to win)

9. Adjournment

  • 2. Agenda (pdf) - login required

  • 3. 2021 Draft AGM Minutes (login required)

  • 4.4.a. HSP Financials 2021 YTD to be posted (login required)

  • 4.4.a. 2022 HSP YTD Financial Summary

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 48 Issue 1

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

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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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