2020 St. Margaret's School Chapter AGM

Publish date: Friday, December 04, 2020

SMS - St. Margaret's School

The 2020 SMS Chapter's Annual General Meeting will take place virtually on December 7 at 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. The link was sent via email. We encourage all PEA members to attend!

Special Presentation: Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) during COVID-19
The AGM will open with a special presentation by Brian Campbell of the BC Federation of Labour (BCFED) Health and Safety Centre. Brian will talk to you about the role of the OH&S Committee during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even if you aren't on an OH&S Committee, the presentation will cover what is needed by the employer from their workplace representatives, and how you, the member, can get your concerns to the representatives and the supervisor. 

AGM Agenda Items Include:
Minutes of the 2019 SMS AGM (Find the minutes below. Login is required.)
Chairperson’s Report
Secretary-Treasurer’s Report
Chapter Executive Elections
Other Business (members may raise items of business at the meeting)

Chapter Executive Elections
The SMS Chapter consists of six members: a Chairperson, a Vice Chairperson, and four Directors-at-Large. The Vice-Chairperson and two Directors are elected for two-year terms in even-numbered years. If you are interested in serving on the Chapter Executive, please contact Brett Harper, Acting Labour Relations Officer at bharper@pea.org or by phone at 250-385-8791 Ext. 206 up until the AGM.

Minutes of the 2019 SMS AGM

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