Notice of 2023 FMA Chapter AGM

Publish date: Wednesday, October 25, 2023

FMA - Family Maintenance Agency

The Family Maintenance Agency (FMA) Chapter's 2023 Annual General Meeting will be held online November 9 at 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time immediately following the legal counsel meeting. The registration link was sent via email. 

The proposed agenda is as follows:


  1. Call to Order
  2. Territory Acknowledgement 
  3. Adoption of Agenda
  4. Adoption of Minutes of the 2022 AGM: (Log in to see the minutes document.)
  5. Secretary – Treasurer’s Report
  6. Labour Relations Officer’s Report
  7. Grievance Update
  8. Election of Chapter Executive [Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary-Treasurer]
  9. Other Issues

Executive Committee Elections

For those members interested, there is an opportunity to step forward for the Chapter Executive. The Executive Committee of the FMA consists of three members, elected annually. The Executive Committee shall appoint from among its members a Chairperson, a Vice-Chairperson and a Secretary-Treasurer. The elections will take place at the AGM. For more information, please find the constitution here.

For election candidates, please also note the following PEA Policy: 

3.9 Use of Employer E-mail Facilities for Association Business

C. Requirements for Candidates

The Association requires candidates in every Association and Chapter election to refrain from using employer e-mail facilities for campaigning. All candidates will be provided with a copy of this policy at the time of nomination. Any candidate who violates this policy, or knowingly permits anyone else on their behalf to use employer e-mail facilities for campaigning, will be disqualified from election by the Association Executive.

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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