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2019 Annual Convention Committee


Chair – Krishna Vegunta, Executive Council, Physical Therapist

Following the Annual Convention each year, Executive Council elects chairs for each committee. Shortly thereafter, each Chair selects members from Executive Council, and sometimes members-at-large to be a part of the committee. The Annual Convention Committee is responsible for making arrangements for the Annual Convention within the budget approved by the Executive Council.

Executive Committee


Chair – Karen Wasylenko, President, Speech Language Pathologist

Maureen Kraemer, Vice President, Social Worker
Angela Barsalou, Secretary, Respiratory Therapist
Amy Ewart, Treasurer, Mental Health Therapist

Communications Committee


Chair – Natalie Horejda, Board of Governor, Physical Therapist

The Communications Committee is responsible for developing a communications strategy regarding internal and external communications.

Governance Committee


Chair – Karen Wasylenko, President, Speech Language Pathologist

The Governance Committee is responsible for assisting Executive Council in all matters pertaining to the HSAS Constitution and Bylaws.

Finance Committee


Chair – Amy Ewart, Treasurer, Mental Health Therapist

The Finance Committee is responsible for managing the finances of HSAS.  Duties include:

  • Supervising the preparation of the annual budget.
  • Monitoring all revenue and expenditures in relationship to the budget

The Finance Committee also oversees the following portfolios:

  • Education Funds
  • Charitable Donations
  • Professional Contributions
  • Emergency Fund

Grievance Committee


Chair – Tracy Erickson, Executive Council, Assessor Coordinator

The Grievance Committee is responsible for ensuring that all HSAS members are represented in a fair, consistent and reasonable manner.  This Committee will hear a member’s appeal of a decision by the Labour Relations Staff not to advance her grievance to arbitration.

Negotiating Committee


Permanent Committee Members
Dean Job – Chief Negotiator/Negotiating Committee Chair & HSAS Executive Director
Karen Wasylenko – President & Speech Language Pathologist
Natalie Horejda – Board of Governor, HSAS Communications Committee Chair & Physical Therapist
Holly Bratt – HSAS Executive Assistant, Recorder

Appointed Committee Members
Maureen Kraemer – Vice-President, Social Worker
Angela Barsalou – Secretary, Respiratory Therapist
Scott Boucher – Dietitian
Jodi Posehn – Addictions Counsellor
Sergio Silveira – Primary Care Paramedic
Shannon Orell-Bast – Executive Council, Assessor Coordinator

The Negotiating Committee is responsible for bargaining the best possible Collective Agreement for the membership as a whole.

Occupational Health & Safety Committee


Chair – Bill Fischer – EMS

Member Engagement Committee


Chair – Michelle Marud, Executive Council, Assessor Coordinator


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