Scholarship Winners

Each year we profile the winners of the Scholarship competition. Here are the 2016 winners.

High School Winners

Oshin Ghazarian-Leeson

My sincere appreciation and thanks to your organization for awarding me a PEA scholarship. The funds you have provided to me will be very helpful in pursuing my academic goals. The PEA and other labour organizations provide a very important and valuable role in our society today that cannot be understated.I will be attending UVIC this coming September to study Economics.

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Katharine Elizabeth Grady

I would like to thank the PEA for selecting my essay. I will be attending the University of Victoria where I plan to go into the field of Environmental Studies. This scholarship will help toward financing my education. Thank you for assisting me in reaching my career goals.

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Sarah Raeanne Grady

I would like to thank the PEA for selecting my essay. I will be attending the University of Victoria where I plan to go into the field of Environmental Studies. This scholarship will help toward financing my education. Thank you for assisting me in reaching my career goals.

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Robert Lee

I am honoured to be selected as a recipient for the PEA Scholarship Award. Thank you for this important contribution to my education. I am planning to study engineering at the University of Victoria in the fall and am excited to enter my next level of education and community service.

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University Winners

Erin Hatcher

My name is Erin Hatcher and I am from Prince George, BC. I am a fourth year student in a bachelor of Visual Arts program at the Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) Grenfell Campus. I am currently studying abroad for a semester in England at the MUN Harlow Campus. It is a great opportunity and I am learning about local and European history, art, architecture and culture.

I would like to thank the members of the Professional Employees Association for selecting me to receive this scholarship, as it will assist me in financing my studies as I complete my degree.

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Tegan Klancnik

I am incredibly grateful to the PEA for having selected me as a recipient of the 2016 Scholarship Award. With it's help I am better prepared to move forward this fall into my final year at the University of British Columbia, where I am set to complete a double major in Visual Art and Theatre Production and Design. With the goal of eventual employment in the theatre and film industry, and correspondingly their respective unions, I am now more knowledgeable after my research for this scholarship about the legal processes that govern them.

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Jennifer Nilsson

Thank you so much for awarding me a 2016 PEA scholarship. I am currently working on my Master's in Education in Leadership Studies at the University of Victoria and am planning to graduate in Spring, 2017. As a PEA member at the University of Victoria, I am looking forward to finishing my studies and concentrating on my career development. Thank you again to the PEA for supporting my educational and career goals. 

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Hana Travers-Smith

I would like to thank the PEA for selecting my essay and furthering my academic career. The support has motivated me to give back to my community. In the future I hope to work in the field of environmental sustainability. In September I will be starting my second year at the University of Victoria in the Geography program. 

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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 42 Issue 4

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

The December 2016 issue includes a profile of Beth Eagles, a cruising-policy forester with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources. This issue also covers what the PEA and the labour movement are doing to support the next generation of workers. Finally, we highlight the significance of the Brian Day court case currently working its way through the courts. 

Read the December 2016 issue



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