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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, and 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 twice a year in person and regularly via conference call 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 2017 BC Regional Convention.

Position Name
Regional Executive Vice President Jamey Mills
A/REVP Todd Smith
Metro Vancouver Coordinator Jennifer Horsley
Metro Vancouver Coordinator Shane Polak
Metro Vancouver Coordinator Sky Belt
East Fraser Valley Coordinator Antony Paller
West Fraser Valley Coordinator Johann Ackermann
Southern Interior Coordinator Carolyn McGillivray
Southern Interior Coordinator Wes Todd
Northeast BC Coordinator Sharon Bull
Northwest BC Coordinator Jill MacNeill
South Island Coordinator Colleen Girard
South Island Coordinator Patricia Martin
North Island Coordinator Bert Farwell
Aboriginal Equity Coordinator Giselle Henry
Racially Visible Equity Coordinator Jennifer Chieh Ho
Members with Disabilities Equity Coordinator Joshua Miller
Womens Coordinator Kelly Sidhu
Pride Equity Coordinator Nia Gillies
Health & Safety Coordinator Linda Harding
DCL/Small Separate Employers Coordinator David Schinbein
National Officers Coordinator Leanne Hughes
Young Workers Coordinator James Brierley
Alternates  
2nd Alternate REVP Terri Lee
Young Workers 01 Margaret Humen
Young Workers 02 Sky Belt
MWD 01 Shane Polak
MWD 02 Kelly Megyesi
DCL/Small Separate Employers 01 Joanne Hay
DCL/Small Separate Employers 02 John Davies
Women Kelly Megyesi
Health & Safety Angela George
Metro Vancouver Terri Lee
South Vancouver Island 01 Astrid Stoker
South Vancouver Island 02 Ernest Hooker
South Vancouver Island 03 John Davies
North Vancouver Island 01 Vanessa Miller
North Vancouver Island 02 Christine Walker
East Fraser Valley 01 Kirsty Havard
East Fraser Valley 02 Joyce Slett
West Fraser Valley 01 Susie Blyth
West Fraser Valley 02 Stephen Klaver
Northwest BC Nicole Pottle
Northeast BC Tiffany Hobbins
Northeast BC Ron Hardy
Aboriginal 01 Jenny MacLeod
Aboriginal 02 Karen Sutton
Racially Visible 01 Stephen Torng
Racially Visible 02 Eamon Myagi
Pride 01 Sky Belt
Pride 02 Jennifer Chieh Ho
National Officers Vanessa Miller
National Officers Jennifer Chieh Ho
November 19, 2015 - 2:25pm •
Here are the Regional Council reports and teleconference call minutes presented at the November 2015 Regional Council meeting. The 2015-04-10,11,12 Regional Council meeting minutes is a large file (~9MB) and is available here at dropbox.
September 21, 2015 - 11:24am •
Dear Sisters and Brothers: We are pleased to invite you to participate in the 2015 BC Regional H&S conference being held Saturday and Sunday, November 14-15, 2015 at the Sheraton Airport Inn in Richmond BC. The application deadline is October 7, 2015.  Applications received after this date will be placed on a list according to the date and time received, and considered for any remaining seats.
May 25, 2015 - 11:47am •
One of the hallmarks of a healthy democracy is the ability of citizens to participate freely and actively in determining who they elect to govern and make decisions on their behalf. However until 1988, the Public Service Employment Act did not allow federal public sector workers to take part in political activities beyond simply casting their vote.
May 1, 2015 - 12:00am •
Here are the Regional Council reports and teleconference call minutes presented at the April 2015 Regional Council meeting. The Council report is a large file (~9 MB) and available here at dropbox.com
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 Committee is proud to put out a call for nominations for PSAC BC’s 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.

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