Volunteer on the Awards Committee

Publish date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019

PEA Executive Committees are established annually to serve the ongoing functions of the PEA Association Executive. If you are a member-at-large and interested in contributing to the committee below or would like more information about these opportunities, please email us.

The committees are composed of PEA Executive members and up to three members-at-large. Most standing committees meet several times a year via teleconference. Applications for union leave may be issued for committee work that falls within regular work hours.

Awards Committee
One Member-At-Large Vacancy

The Awards Committee assesses the applications for PEA scholarships, bursaries and the nominations for the PEA Service Award. The committee is created annually and consists of two executive members and up to three members-at-large, and the Executive Director or their designate. Members meet for one or two-hour meetings, approximately three times per year. Contact us if you are interested!

Service Awards
In 1986 the Association began awarding service pins to former and present members in recognition of special contributions to the Association. Prior to the Convention the Awards Committee recommends members for service awards.

PEA Scholarships
The Association awards up to ten scholarships of $1,000 each to PEA members, their relatives, or relatives of PEA staff. The 2020 scholarship essay topic will be announced shortly. 

PEA Bursaries
The Association awards up to ten bursaries of $500 each to PEA members who are pursuing further education.

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 45 Issue 2

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

The October-November 2019 issue includes a profile of ORL members Stephanie Thoreson and Jamie Stuart.

Read the October-November 2019 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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