Calling Members-at-Large for PEA Executive Committees

Publish date: Monday, May 17, 2021 update

Volunteer on a PEA Executive Committee!

Our Executive Committees are established following Convention to serve the ongoing functions of the Association.

If would like to submit your expression of interest to join a PEA committee, please fill out the webform below by June 10, 2021. We encourage you to put your name forward!

The committees are composed of PEA Executive members and members-at-large. Committees meet virtually, generally two to three times per year. Applications for union leave can be issued for committee work that falls within regular work hours. 

The PEA Executive will appoint members to three-year terms for all committees later in June. Term start dates will vary for committees. Please find information about our committees below the webform or email with any questions.

Submit Your Name via the Webform Here

Awards Committee
The Awards Committee assesses the applications for PEA scholarships and bursaries, and the nominations for the PEA Service Award. The committee consists of two executive members and up to two members-at-large, and the Executive Director or their designate. The Committee recommends Service Award winners prior to convention. Find out more about the scholarship and bursary program here.

Education Committee
The Education Committee makes recommendations regarding the Education Conference, Local Representative training and other educational opportunities for members. The committee consists of the Second Vice-President (chair), two additional executive members and two members-at-large. 

Equity and Diversity Committee
The Equity and Diversity Committee is responsible for ensuring policies and procedures create a welcoming environment for those within and outside of the PEA regardless of race, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, visible or non-visible mental or physical disability, and others who may contribute to further diversity in the PEA. In keeping with their Terms of Reference, the committee consists of up to three executive members, up to three members-at-large, and one staff member. 

Governance Committee
The Governance Committee is responsible for monitoring, and providing periodic recommendations on PEA governance and related policies (i.e., how decisions are made and accountability is achieved across the PEA). The Governance Committee guides strategic planning, Association Executive processes and functions, the inter-relationship between the Association Executive and PEA chapters, and education related to governance. The Committee consists of no more than five members. including one who must be a table officer. The Executive may appoint up to two members-at-large.

Grants and Donations Committee
The job of the Grants and Donations Committee makes recommendations to provide targeted donations to priority organizations, based on policy criteria. The Association Executive allocates budgeted funds for grants and donations each year.

Policy Review Committee
The Policy Review Committee periodically reviews all existing policies to ensure their continued relevance and appropriateness. The committee also reviews and makes recommendations on issues or proposed policies referred by the PEA Executive or by Convention. The Committee consists of three executive members, one of whom must be a table officer, and up to two members-at-large. 

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. 

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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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