Scholarship Winners

Each year we profile the winners of the Scholarship competition. Here are the 2017 winners.

University Winners

Chloe Woo

I would like to thank the PEA for choosing me as a recipient of this scholarship to put towards my education. Researching and writing on this topic was important to me, as my peers and myself fall into the same demographic as the new employees entering the work force. Having researched the challenges that these young workers face has made me more conscious of what I need to look for in future employers. I am a 2016 graduate of Claremont Secondary school and spent the past year studying general sciences at Camosun College. In the fall of 2017, I will begin a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at the University of Alberta. Being awarded this scholarship will put less stress on me to work during my first year of nursing at the University of Alberta.  This scholarship will help me cover the cost of expensive medical equipment that is required for my program.  I would like to thank the PEA for supporting post-secondary students like myself.

Read Chloe's essay



Sebastian Huebel

Having emigrated from Germany to Canada in 2003, Sebastian has completed his Masters at the University of Victoria in 2007. Since 2012, he has been a PhD student at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver where he specializes in German History. Since 2014, he has been a part-time history instructor at Simon Fraser University. Sebastian has received several awards and fellowships and published his first article last year. Starting in the summer, Sebastian will be looking for full-time employment in the government sector or at a university.

Read Sebastian's essay

Jordan Mulvihill

I am a fourth year Aerospace engineering major with an emphasis on aircraft structures at Carleton University. After graduation, I will begin my career in the engineering department at KF Aerospace in Kelowna, BC. Thanks to you, I am one step closer to that goal. 

Read Jordan's essay

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 ten 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 43 Issue 4

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

The December 2017 issue includes a profile of UVic member Sheryl Karras, a review of the BCFED young workers' camp, a review of the year and an article on Change Day 2017.

Read the December 2017 issue



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