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Mental Health Workshops

The PEA is offering two educational sessions that address mental health in the workplace this fall through the Canadian Mental Health Association and facilitator Lucette Wesley.

Union leave will not be provided for these sessions.

About the Facilitator: Lucette Wesley 

Lucette is a consultant and CMHA Master Trainer in various workplace mental health programs and the Psychological Health and Safety Advisor program. Her expertise in disability management, her personal lived experience and her broad understanding of related fields is the foundation for providing support and innovation in psychological health and safety in workplaces. 

Mental Health at Work (MHW): Awareness

Date: September 29, 2021 

Time: 12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m. PDT

Facilitator: Lucette Wesley

Webinar Description:

This workshop helps members gain understanding and build comfort in talking about mental health and mental illnesses. The focus will be on how members can make their workplace better and how they can help themselves and co-workers. The following topics will also be discussed:

  • How to support co-workers who may be experiencing poor mental health
  • Learning about the signs and symptoms of common mental illnesses
  • Developing strategies to maintain your own mental health and build your mental resiliency


Mental Health at Work: Awareness Slide Handout

CMHA Workplace Training Brochure

CMHA Resource Hub


MHW: Resiliency During Unusual Times

Date: October 27, 2021 

Time: 12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m. PDT

Facilitator: Lucette Wesley

Webinar Description:

Members will learn how to build resiliency and practice self-care even while experiencing normal reactions to this unusual time in the midst of COVID-19. The focus will be on developing an understanding of the impact the current stressors have had on well-being, how to recognize the signs of stress, and how to react appropriately by developing strategies for stress.

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Local Reps

The PEA is excited to announce that we have collaborated with Conni Kilfoil to present a Local Reps Training webinar this fall.

The session has a limited capacity of 30 participants.

Email to register.

Union leave will be provided for this webinar.

Bullying & Harassment in the Workplace

Date: November 24 and 25, 2021 

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. each day

Facilitator: Conni Kilfoil

Webinar Description:

"This is a case-based introductory course about bullying and harassment in the workplace, intended to raise awareness and understanding of both human rights types of harassment, and personal (or non-human rights) harassment, as well as the related concepts of psychological harassment and bullying, as they arise in employment."

More Information: Course Outline

Please email to register.




Chapter-Specific Training

GLP Training

Evidence for Democracy Webinars

In June of 2020, Evidence for Democracy (E4D) worked with our GLP chapter to release Spotlight on Integrity, an in-depth report looking at the state of scientific integrity and science capacity in BC. The report, based on survey responses from GLP members, outlined ongoing challenges facing scientific professionals in the provincial government and laid out key recommendations for addressing those gaps. 

With a new provincial government here in BC, all PEA members have an opportunity to connect with their representatives about the issues that matter to their chapter. Over the past six months the PEA collaborated with E4D to present five webinars to members. The PEA would like to acknowledge with gratitude all the presenters who shared their knowledge through these sessions. 

Recordings and resources from these webinars can be found on the PEA Lobbying Page.


Back to Basics

November 4, 2021 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. PDT

This webinar provides a review of the basics of the GLP collective agreement and key articles.

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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 47 Issue 1

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

The May to June 2021 issue includes a look into what it's like to work within UVic's Theatre Department.

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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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