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Becoming a Local Representative



Local representatives are an invaluable part of how the union functions; they bridge the gap between the employer, employee, their labour relations officer and the union.

The virtual lunch webinar will review some of the key duties of a Local Rep including recruitment, records maintenance, communications, grievances and appeals, engagement and more. If you’re interested in finding out more about being a Local Reps, please consider attending.


Joe Pierre: One Ktunaxa Life

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. - 1p.m. (PDT)


We are very pleased to have Joe Pierre join us to share his story, One Ktunaxa Life. Joe was originally scheduled to be our keynote at the 2021 PEA Convention but his address was cancelled after our convention moved to a condensed agenda.

His story is inspired by Richard Wagamese’s book One Native Life and he will be telling his own story of being part of the first generation of kids who didn’t go to the residential school. From the “Indian bus” to land claims, to the modern-day treaty process, and the Prime Minister’s apology, this is one Ktunaxa person’s journey to reconciliation.

Joe's parents served their community as Chiefs and he is now Nasuʔkin (the Ktunaxa word for Chief) for his home community. Being the son of two politically active parents afforded young Joe the opportunity to occupy a front-row seat during some of the most transformative years for the Ktunaxa. Now recognized as a Storyteller within the Nation, Joe welcomes the opportunity to share his story, his Ktunaxa Life.

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About the facilitator: 

Joe Pierre was raised in the community of ʔaqʾam formerly known as the St. Mary’s Indian Reserve and is a citizen of the Ktunaxa Nation. He attended the University of Calgary in the Fine Arts Department where he met several other First Nations people interested in theatre. They collaborated together to form the Crazy Horse Theatre Company. The company mounted several productions in Calgary, all of which were written by Aboriginal writers. Joe also worked for a season with the CBC production “North of Sixty”. Joe was a storyteller at the very first Proctor Storytelling Festival and has presented at several other festivals throughout the Kootenays. Currently he is employed by School District 5 Southeast Kootenay and is a member of the Board of Directors for the First Nations Education Steering Committee. Joe served as a Councilor for the St. Mary’s Indian band for eight years and was a member of the Board of Governors for the College of the Rockies for six years. In the Fall of 2016, Joe was elected back to the ʔaqʾam council, this time in the capacity of Chief Councilor. He is husband to wife Jennifer and father to fourteen-year-old Jude. Together they are known as “Triple J”.


Chapter-Specific Training

GLP Training

Upcoming 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. We are welcoming all members to attend the following E4D webinars: 


Session 5: Putting it all together - Hands-on workshop 

Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 12pm PDT

Webinar contents: This is the fifth and final session in Evidence for Democracy's training series for the members of BC's Professional Employees Association. In this series, participants have learned skills for effective engagement with elected officials around the issues that matter to them. In this final session, we will bring together all the skills learned in this series. Come to this session for a snapshot of how these skills come together, or attend with a specific issue in mind to think about how you can apply your new skills in a given context.

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There are limited spots for this webinar and registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. However, the session will be recorded and will be made available to those who are unable to attend. No union leave will be provided for this lunch-time webinar. Members will also receive an accompanying toolkit to help guide engagement work. 

Past Evidence for Democracy Webinars

Session 1: Connecting with your political representatives

January 20, 2021
Presented by Katie Gibbs.

In this session, we discussed 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 to government policymakers with briefing notes

February 23, 2021
Presented by Dr. Alana Westwood.

In this session, we discussed the value of briefing notes as a tool for connection, how to craft an effective briefing note, and how to deliver your briefing note to your MLA and build a lasting connection.


Session 3: Science Policy 101

March 29, 2021
Presented by Dr. Jeff Kinder.

In this session, we discussed an overview of the intersections of science and policy, why science policy matters, and about ways of engaging with science policy and moving forward evidence-based decision-making


Session 4: Engaging in advocacy as a public servant

May 12, 2021
Presented by Dr. Maria Giammarco.

In this session, a review of the Standards of Conduct that guide Government Licensed Professionals in the BC public service as well as present a case study of a public servant's experience engaging in advocacy were provided.


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.

Read the latest 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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