SMS — St. Margaret's School

The PEA was certified in August, 2000 to represent the teachers of St. Margaret's School.

In December, 2000 the certification was varied to include a group of support staff employees at the school. In April of 2002, the certification was again varied to include cooks, chefs, kitchen helpers and laundry workers. The chapter currently includes teachers and support workers at the school, including bus drivers and office and maintenance staff.

One of Canada's leading non-denominational schools for girls, St. Margaret's provides young women with education from Kindergarten to Grade Twelve and has programs for ESL students. St. Margaret's School is located in Victoria.

At Your Fingertips

Need Help?

Your interim Labour Relations Officer is:

Rhiannon Bray, 250-385-8791 ext 204

Your Local Reps are:

Laurie Adsett, 250-479-7171

Mike Keddy, 250-479-7171

Fanie Pigeon, 250-479-7171

Bev Waterfield, 250-479-7171

SMS Executive

Chairperson: Bev Waterfield

Vice-Chairperson: Vacant

Secretary-Treasurer: Michael Keddy

Member-at-Large: Vacant

Member-at-Large: Vacant

All executive members can be reached at St. Margaret's School, 250-479-7171.

Your Collective Agreement

The fifth collective agreement between the Professional Employees Association and St. Margaret's School is available in PDF format. The following is revised to Include Residence Staff effective June 18, 2014.

SMS Collective Agreement | July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2021

On April 16, 2021 an extension of the collective agreement was ratified by members. The following is an overview of the extension which is effective until February 28, 2023.

SMS Collective Agreement Extension Overview

LOA Boarding Overnight Shifts

LOA Boarding Overnight Shift Agreement

SMS News

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

May 29 - The bargaining committee is very happy to announce that a tentative agreement was reached through mediation. We believe your strong strike vote and continued actions of support and solidar

Thursday, April 27, 2023

Dear SMS members,

Thank you to everyone who cast their ballot and voted overwhelmingly in favour of the SMS strike vote.

Friday, April 14, 2023

Dear SMS members,

2023 Bargaining Updates

All bargaining bulletins and job action updates are posted HERE. You will need to login to the website to view this page. 

SMS Constitution

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 48 Issue 1

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

The Spring 2022 issue takes a deep dive into the work of GLP members and their work during provincial emergencies.

Read the latest 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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