Staff

Scott McCannell | Executive Director

Scott has been a PEA staff member since January of 2010. As a Labour Relations Officer, he serviced St. Margaret's School and UVic and has worked as the PEA's Executive Director since January 2011. Scott has a varied background in labour relations and human resources. Scott says his passion for labour relations started as a local union activist and elected representative with the Energy & Chemical Workers Union (now UNIFOR) and continued while he completed a bachelors and then subsequently, a master's degree. Scott has always been interested in promoting and establishing successful workplaces that put their employees first and provide conducive working environments.

Scott’s free time is spent with family and being active in the outdoors.

Email Scott | phone: 250-385-8791 EXT: 203

Rhiannon Bray | Labour Relations Officer

Rhiannon has worked for the PEA since 2009.  She is currently assigned to the St. Margaret’s School, Health Science Professionals, Family Maintenance Enforcement Program, Oil and Gas Commission and Okanagan Regional Librarians chapters. She holds a Masters Degree in Dispute Resolution from the University of Victoria. Her thesis focused on labour relations in a multi-union setting. Before coming to the PEA Rhiannon worked on global human resources initiatives for a multinational electronics company in Japan. Rhiannon is an experienced Labour Relations Officer. She has represented members at mediations, arbitration hearings and has negotiated many collective agreements. The most fulfilling part of her work is advocating for members on a daily basis.  

Outside of work Rhiannon enjoys spending time with her family and is happy to call Victoria her home.

Email Rhiannon | phone: 250-385-8791 EXT: 204

Sam Montgomery | Labour Relations Officer

Sam Montgomery is the Labour Relations Officer servicing the Law Society, Legal Services, and UVic chapters.

Sam is a seasoned trade unionist and has extensive experience in collective bargaining and membership engagement across the US and Canada. After serving as the President of her graduate employees’ union and a Vice President of the American Federation of Teachers in Michigan, Sam worked in Ottawa as a researcher and advocate with the Canadian Association of University Teachers. From there, Sam was the Higher Education Field Representative for AFT-Vermont, where she organized, bargained, and lobbied for public service professionals across the state.

Sam holds a doctorate in Psychology and Women’s Studies and brings a feminist lens to her labour relations work. She is passionate about empowering union members to collectively improve their working conditions and is committed to principles of equity and social justice. 

Sam is happy to call Victoria home and currently serves as the PEA staff union delegate to the local labour council and as Treasurer of the Victoria NDP Federal Riding Association. Outside of work and volunteering, Sam enjoys exploring the natural beauty of Vancouver Island with her partner and their dog.

Email Sam | phone: 250-385-8791 EXT: 201

Melissa Moroz | Labour Relations Officer

Melissa’s first official involvement in the labour movement began when she was elected shop steward for Teaching Assistants in the department of sociology while completing her Master’s degree at UVic. From there she was hired by the UVic Educational Employees’ Union in various capacities including business manager. She has a wide breadth of experience also having worked as a national representative for CUPE, servicing municipal, K-12, colleges, and social services locals.

Melissa plays an active role in her own union as the vice-president of her local, the Union Workers’ Union of BC. This experience brings her helpful insights into how other unions in the province operate. In 2014, Melissa won the national “Bud Jimmerfield” award from the largest private sector union in Canada in recognition of her outstanding contributions.

Melissa has worked as a labour relations officer at the PEA since 2011. She especially enjoys working directly with members and organizing for collective agreement improvements through bargaining.

Email Melissa | phone: 250-385-8791 EXT: 202

Brett Harper | Senior Communications Officer (on leave)

Brett is a communications professional with a Masters Degree in Communications from Royal Roads University. He has worked in communications for municipal government and not-for-profit organizations. Before coming to the PEA he worked in communications in the municipal sector in projects that varied from Olympic communications to strategic communications support for not-for-profit advisory boards supporting the city. He specializes in strategic communication planning and is intrigued by innovative approaches to communication with members and campaign development.

Brett is currently on leave. Please contact Emma Wright if you need assistance.

Emma Wright | Communications Officer

Emma is an experienced communications professional who has provided communications and marketing support for a diverse range of organizations from major supermarkets to organic coffin makers. Before coming to the PEA she worked in communication roles in the higher education sector, at Plymouth University in the UK for five years and at Royal Roads University from 2013 to 2017. Emma is a communications all-rounder specializing in marketing and communications, copy writing, event management, stakeholder engagement, and generating social media and web content.

Away from work Emma loves to explore the island and is an avid runner, hiker, mountain biker and craft beer enthusiast. 

Email Emma phone: 250-385-8791 EXT: 206

Marc Joly | Financial Officer

Marc Joly, an accountant with a wealth of training and experience who will take the reins of the financial department.

Marc has held numerous accounting positions throughout his career with organizations including BC Lottery Corporation, Ducks Unlimited and Underwriters Insurance Brokers. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Simon Fraser University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.

In his personal life, Marc spends time with his family—which includes a West Highland Terrier. He’s a downhill mountain biking and road biking enthusiast and has been learning to play guitar for far longer than he would like to admit. 

Email Marc phone: 250-385-8791 EXT: 207

 

Toshie Arakawa | Executive Assistant

Toshie is the Executive Assistant at PEA. Toshie is a graduate of the University of Victoria. Her background in clerical work started in the biochemistry department of University of British Columbia. Subsequently, she worked in Ontario at the national office of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, where she supported the management and volunteer board, and was involved in meeting planning. After many years of living outside Victoria, Toshie is glad to be back and she looks forward to supporting PEA members.

Email Toshie phone: 250-385-8791 EXT: 205

 

Tammy Bouchard | Administrative Assistant

Tammy is an administrative assistant with the PEA. Tammy supports the work of staff and the Association Executive. She provides information and assistance to PEA members. She is a lover of nature and enjoys spending time in the outdoors marveling at the wonders of Vancouver Island.

Email Tammy phone: 250-385-8791 EXT: 200

 

Marianna Azouri | Administrative Assistant

Marianna is currently on leave. Please contact Tammy Bouchard if you need assistance.

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 ten 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 43 Issue 3

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

The September 2017 issue includes a profile of HESU member Ronnie Nicolasora, member survey 2017 update, and an article on PEA members stepping up in a record-breaking wildfire season.

Read the September 2017 issue

 

 

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