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BC Regional Council

Regionalization

At the 1997 PSAC National convention the delegates passed a resolution supporting the Regionalization of the union. This established the following regions: Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, National Headquarters, Prairies, British Columbia and the North.

Each region is represented on the Alliance Executive Committee by a Regional Executive Vice-President. The 7 REVPs along with the National President and the National Vice-President form the governing body of the Alliance.

The Regional Executive Vice-President for B.C. is Bob Jackson. He was first elected to the position of  REVP in 2011 and re-elected to a second term in 2014. Jamey Mills was elected as Alternate REVP in 2014.

Prior to his election as REVP, Bob worked for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency as Regional Operations Coordinator in Vancouver since 1987. He started his career in Winnipeg as Meat Inspector. Bob was Regional Vice-President for the Agriculture Union Component, a position he had held since 1993.

He was a founding member of the BC Regional Council and he held the National Officer Coordinator on the BC Regional Council for two terms. Bob has been a very active member of the PSAC since 1979 and he has held various positions in his Local including President of Agriculture Union Local 20044 from 1990 to 1993. Bob has been a Health and Safety activist since the beginning of his career and he served on various Health and Safety Committees including the National Policy Committee as union representative.

The BC Regional Council

The B.C. Regional Council is composed of geographic representatives, equity representatives, a representative each for the National Officers, Directly Chartered locals and Health & Safety.

All positions on the BC Regional Council are elected from among the membership. The Regional Executive Vice President is a full-time paid position. All other members of the council work in jobs represented by the union and serve the union as volunteers. In addition to chairing the BC Regional Council, the REVP represents BC on the Alliance Executive Committee, the body that runs the union nationally. He also represents the PSAC on the Executive Council of the BC Federation of Labour.

The Regional Councils meets 4 times a year to strategize on issues that affect PSAC members in B.C. The minutes of meetings will be posted on this website as well as any upcoming meetings.

If you have any items you wish the council to discuss or if you have any questions or concerns you can contact the REVP by email: revp-bc@psac.com.

Here is a list of the BC Regional Council Members elected at the 2014 BC Regional Convention.

Position Name
Regional Executive Vice President Bob Jackson
A/REVP Jamey Mills
Metro Vancouver Coordinator Jennifer Horsley
Metro Vancouver Coordinator Crystal Warner
Metro Vancouver Coordinator Terri Lee
East Fraser Valley Coordinator Anthony Paller
West Fraser Valley Coordinator Johann Ackermann
Southern Interior Coordinator Carolyn McGillivray
Southern Interior Coordinator Susan Yaciw
Northeast BC Coordinator Parveen Deepak
Northwest BC Coordinator Benilde Gomes
South Island Coordinator Colleen Girard
South Island Coordinator Liz Oliphant
North Island Coordinator Bert Farwell
Aboriginal Equity Coordinator Ruby Langan
Racially Visible Equity Coordinator Jennifer Chieh Ho
Members with Disabilities Equity Coordinator Ken Waldron
Womens Coordinator Virginia Vaillancourt
Pride Equity Coordinator Paul Croes
Health & Safety Coordinator Linda Harding
DCL/Small Separate Employers Coordinator Jim Sidel
National Officers Coordinator Nic Humphreys
Young Workers Coordinator Vanessa Miller
   
Alternates  
Young Workers Liz Oliphant
Young Workers Lindsie Murphy
MWD Wendy Bruce
MWD Joyce Slett
MWD Shane Polak
DCL/Small Separate Employers Joanne Hay
Women Kelly Sidhu
   
Health & Safety Kim Koch
Metro Vancouver Barry Tchir
Metro Vancouver Shawna Bundac
Metro Vancouver Shane Polak
Metro Vancouver Keiran Kennedy
South Vancouver Island Lance Jesson
South Vancouver Island Patricia Martin
North Vancouver Island Richard May
North Vancouver Island Christine Walker
East Fraser Valley Ken Easton
East Fraser Valley Susan Wilmshurst
West Fraser Valley Michael Small
West Fraser Valley Shirley Torres
Northwest BC D. Jill MacNeill
Northwest BC Barry Cunningham
Northeast BC Pete Charlie
Aboriginal D. Jill Macneill
Aboriginal Kieran Kennedy
Racially Visible Shawna Bundac
Racially Visible Stephen Torng
Racially Visible Melissa Shih
National Officers Crystal Warner
   
Pride Paul Jones
Pride Todd Smith
Pride Jennifer Chieh Ho

February 18, 2015 - 12:00am •
Gong Xi Fa Cai! (Congratulations and Prosperity!) By Jennifer Chieh Ho, Coordinator for Racially Visible Members, PSAC BC Regional Council Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year is a festive celebration that lasts for 15 days. Unlike Christmas Day which falls on Dec 25 annually, the Chinese New Year falls on a different day every year. This year, the first day of Chinese New Year falls on February, 19 in the lunar calendar.
January 29, 2015 - 1:05pm •
PSAC members across BC are organizing bargaining solidarity events - standing together for healthy workplaces and protesting proposed government changes to sick leave and cuts to public services. Here are some photos. Did your Local, worksite, Committee or Component organize an event? Send us a photo!
January 14, 2015 - 2:18pm •
PSAC BC sent our biggest delegation yet to a BC Federation of Labour Convention this year. Delegates debated resolutions, rallied for a $15/hour minimum wage, networked and forged strong ties with the broader labour movement, and witnessed history being made as Irene Lanzinger was elected as the first woman president of the BC Federation of Labour.
December 16, 2014 - 1:40pm •
Do you know a PSAC activist who deserves recognition for their work in the union? The B.C. Regional Council Honours & Awards Committeeis proud to put out a call for nominations for PSAC BC’s 2015 Solidarity Excellence Awards. The award will recognize members of the BC Region who have rendered service of the greatest distinction and of singular excellence in any field of endeavour, benefiting the PSAC or its members.
December 15, 2014 - 12:37pm •
I attended the BC Fed Convention from November 24 – 28 2014. This was a very interesting convention in many ways. From a young worker perspective it was interesting to participate in the mock convention prior to the start of the convention. This provided an understanding of the convention procedures, especially relating to the resolutions as we were not to be voting on the recommendation of the committee as we do within the PSAC but on the resolution itself.As a part of the Young Worker Committee, I was able to participate in our caucus meeting on November 26 in the morning. We discussed our resolutions that would be coming forward that day and there was debate amongst the group as to the resolution moving forward on the age definition of the young workers. When we sat as a committee to present our report, it was clear that the floor appeared divided on the issue with key unions supporting either side.
November 5, 2014 - 3:00pm •
The Public Service Alliance of Canada’s B.C. Regional Council voted earlier this week to endorse Irene Lanzinger in her bid to become the first woman to lead the BC Federation of Labour.
September 24, 2014 - 3:35pm •
Here are the Regional Council reports and teleconference call minutes presented at the September 2013 Regional Council meeting.
September 2, 2014 - 2:19pm •
The report of the 6th B.C. Regional Triennial Convention, including resolutions, financial statements, election results, and more is now available, download it below as .pdf.Here's the table of contents ...DAY 1: Friday, April 25, 2014
June 5, 2014 - 10:42am •
The Public Service Alliance of Canada represents more than 170,000 workers in every province and territory in Canada and in locations around the world. Our members work for federal government departments and agencies, Crown Corporations, universities, casinos, community services agencies, Aboriginal communities, airports, and the security sector among others. PSAC is headquartered in Ottawa with 23 regional offices across Canada.
May 2, 2014 - 3:13pm •
I would like to thank all and congratulate all the PSAC members who participated in our provincial Day of Action. And, of course, all the members who worked hard to help organize the event by plant gating, desk dropping, and coordinating the delivery of signs. Please pass this message on!We showed our employers – and our fellow members – yesterday that we are united, ready, and committed to defending public services, our collective agreements, and our working conditions. When we all work together, we are indeed a force to be reckoned with.

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