Message from the President
Publish date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019
On May 4 at Convention, I was successfully elected as President to represent members of the Professional Employees Association (PEA). I look forward to the opportunity to work closely with the PEA Executive with a focus on organizational and member needs.
For those of you that do not know me, my name is Shawna LaRade and I work as a Professional Agrologist with the Government Licensed Professionals (GLP) Chapter. My work as an agrologist is focused on Natural Resource Management in the Rocky Mountain Trench (East Kootenays) as an employee of the Province of British Columbia. My family and I are proud to call Cranbrook home, it is a place to enjoy and explore the majestic Rocky Mountains at the headwaters of the Columbia River.
I am honoured to represent the diversity of professionals that makes up the social structure of our association and will work to meet our common interests and objectives. I am so thankful for the work that PEA members do to
- improve the lives of our children, youth, and young adults;
- manage infrastructure and natural resources;
- care for the emotional, physical and social well-being of our families;
- advocate in our legal systems; and
- provide services and learning centres to our communities.
Over my ten years of involvement with the PEA, I have heard from many members and have learned about the interesting work that you do. I look forward to hearing from many more of you.
At this time, I would like to thank Frank Kohlberger for his commitment to the PEA and its members. Frank has been a longstanding advocate for members and their concerns. As president, Frank elevated the Association’s profile with our employers and the provincial/national labour communities. Thank you for your dedication to improving the working conditions for our members.
In a time where expectations are higher than ever and the rate of change is exponential, it is essential that members look to support one another. I encourage you to stay engaged and support your Chapter and the PEA. Explore the PEA initiatives designed to promote and enhance the value and work of professionals. I also encourage you to take the time to reflect on the positive things that we have accomplished by working together. And as the organization moves forward, I look forward to collaboration to achieve common interests and goals.
Please feel free to contact me with your ideas and concerns.
All life’s best.