2024 PSAC BC 2SLGBTQIA+ Summit

Queer Solidarity in the Face of Adversity

To: ​​PSAC Locals/Branches in the B.C. Region

  • Summit details: May 3-5, 2024 (in-person event)
  • Conference location: Hilton Vancouver Metrotown, 6083 McKay Ave, Burnaby, BC V5H 2W7
  • Application Deadline: Friday, March 15, 2024, 5 PM Pacific Time Zone

We are pleased to inform members that the 2024 PSAC BC 2SLGBTQIA+ Summit will be held in person from Friday, May 3 through Sunday, May 5, 2024.

All participants are expected to attend the full Summit.

More information about travel and loss of salary will be available as part of the full participant’s package, which you will receive on confirmation of registration.

We encourage you to personally inform PSAC 2SLGBTQIA+ members in your area to ensure they are made aware of this Summit. In workplaces where members continue to work from home, please share with your contacts or ask to post the information on the Union’s electronic bulletin board (if there is one at your workplace).

Summit Objectives

PSAC BC 2SLGBTQIA+ members will gather to meet, build, encourage, and show solidarity across the PSAC 2SLGBTQIA+ community in BC under the theme “Queer Solidarity in the Face of Adversity”.

The objectives of the 2024 PSAC BC 2SLGBTQIA+ Summit are to:

  • Meet and network with 2SLGBTQIA+ PSAC members at the first BC regional summit;
  • Build the PSAC BC 2SLGBTQIA+ Caucus both in number and province-wide representation;
  • Encourage 2SLGBTQIA+ PSAC BC members to actively participate in their geographic PSAC Human Rights Committees; and
  • Show solidarity across the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and take action in support.

The Summit Organizing Committee is working hard on inviting engaging speakers, offering relevant and action-oriented workshops and other additional activities. We hope to share this information as it is confirmed during the weeks of the application process. 

Summit Information

The Summit will begin Friday, May 3, 2024 at 1:00 PM at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown with registration taking place from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. The Summit will recess for the day at 5:00 PM.

The Summit will continue Saturday morning at 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM and reconvene on Sunday at 9:00 AM. The Summit will adjourn 12:00 PM on Sunday, May 5.

Participants who reside within 80 kilometres of the venue:

  • Will be entitled to claim loss of salary for Friday (and Saturday and Sunday if normally scheduled to work). There will be no overtime compensation;
  • If not working, will also be entitled to claim a $50 per day allowance (or actual cost if higher) for Saturday and Sunday to cover the cost of travel (including self-parking) and meals;
  • Hotel accommodation will not be provided.

Participants who reside more than 80 kilometres from the venue will be considered as in travel status, which means the following costs will be covered:

  • Will be entitled to salary for Friday (and Saturday and Sunday if normally scheduled to work). There will be no overtime compensation;
  • Travel costs, including ground transportation;
  • Meal and incidental allowances (except those provided) as per the PSAC Travel Policy;
  • Hotel accommodation costs at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown Hotel;
  • Hotel self-parking. Participants must register their vehicle license plate with the hotel.

Accommodation for disabilities

The PSAC Accommodation Policy strives to ensure that PSAC events are barrier-free for members with disabilities. Once selected as a participant, members will be asked to specify their accommodation needs to facilitate their participation at the PSAC BC Regional 2SLGBTQIA+ Summit.

Family care

The objective of the PSAC Family Care Policy is to remove one of the barriers which prevents participants from attending Union activities and which provides for the reimbursement of family care expenses. A copy of the policy is available on the PSAC website here.

On-site childcare is intended to remove a barrier to a participant’s ability to attend at the conference and is provided only for those who could not otherwise attend, had the service not been available. Requests must be received no later than Friday, March 15, 2024 at the time of application.

PSAC policies: anti-harassment, scent-free and smoke-free environment

During the Summit, and at all events associated with the Summit, the PSAC Anti-Harassment, Smoke-free Environment and Scent-free Environment policies will be in effect. Please refrain from using scented products of any type.

If you have any questions with respect to the Summit, please contact Taylor Harrington​​​​ (HarrinT@psac-afpc.com / (778) 357-1639) or Monica Urrutia (UrrutiM@psac-afpc.com / ​​​(778) 383-1749)

Selection of Participants

If you are selected as a participant to this Summit, you will be advised by email and/or telephone call. Please ensure you provide us with your contact coordinates that you will have access to during the months of March and April 2024.

We look forward to having 2SLGBTQIA+ members in the PSAC BC Region gather to meet, build, encourage, and show solidarity.

In Solidarity,

Jamey Mills ​​​​
Public Service Alliance of Canada
Regional Executive Vice-President, BC​​

Damir Moric
PSAC BC Regional Council
2SLGBTQIA+ (Pride) Coordinator

Application Form

Download a printable version of the application form or complete the online form below to submit your application for the 2024 PSAC BC Regional 2SLGBTQIA+ Summit. Printed forms can be submitted by email to UrrutiM@psac-afpc.com.

2SLGBTQIA+ is defined as Two-Spirited, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Persons, Queer and/or Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, with a plus to encompass other forms of sexual orientation and gender expression, such as gender queer or gender nonconforming persons. Only members who self-identify as 2SLGBTQIA+ can attend this Summit. For further clarification of 2SLGBTQIA+, please see “Equity Group Identification” section below.

Personal information

Personal, not employer email please
or your home phone number if no cell

Workplace information

if you're working remotely due to Covid, enter your usual or pre-pandemic workplace

Participant Profile

Important note: The responses to these questions will be used in the selection process for participants to the Summit.

To ensure that the Summit responds to the needs of our members, we invite you to complete the following questions.

Equity self-ID

PSAC members who belong to the following groups are invited to self-identify. This information is voluntary and kept confidential and will be used for the purposes of supporting our equity initiatives and programs. Please check all that apply.
For equity purposes, “person with disabilities” means persons who experience barriers arising from impairments of a physical, mental, sensory, psychiatric or learning nature.
An Indigenous Person is a member of a First Nation, a Métis or an Inuit community.
A racially visible person in Canada is non-white in colour or race, regardless of place of birth.
Two-Spirited, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Persons, Queer, Intersex, Asexual

Pronouns

Please indicate your pronouns (she, he, they, zhe, etc) below. More information on pronouns and building trans-inclusive workspaces can be found here.

Loss of salary and expenses

The following information will only be used if you are selected as a participant to the Summit.

Please identify if you will require loss of salary to be covered. In most cases, a full day will be needed to arrive in time for the program on Friday.

If you require Loss of Salary for Saturday or Sunday, please indicate below (for budget tracking purposes).

Accommodation for disabilities

The following information will only be used if you are selected as a participant to the Summit.

The PSAC Accommodation Policy strives to ensure that PSAC events are barrier-free for members with disabilities. Once selected as a participant, members will be asked to specify their accommodation needs in order to facilitate their participation at this Summit.

You may be required to provide relevant medical documentation that will assist us to respond to your request. This information will not be disclosed except where necessary to respond to your request for accommodation.

Family care

The objective of the PSAC Family Care Policy is to remove one of the barriers which prevents members from participating fully in Union activities and which provides for the reimbursement of family care expenses. A copy of the policy is available on the PSAC website at www.psacunion.ca/family-care-policy.

On-site childcare is intended to remove a barrier to participation at the Summit and is provided only for those who could not otherwise attend, had the service not been available. Requests must be received no later than Monday, January 29, 2024.

If there are any requests by participants, on-site childcare will be provided at the Summit for the activities outlined in the agenda.

Mode of Transportation

Please indicate your preferred mode of travel. Participants are expected to travel by the most direct, economical means.
Please provide any relevant details here.

Emergency contact

Last Section

With this application, I agree that, if selected, I will attend and participate in all sessions of the PSAC BC 2SLGBTQIA+ Summit scheduled for Friday, May 3 through Sunday, May 5, 2024.