HSAS Committees

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2023 Annual Convention Committee

Chair – Crystal Bittman, Secretary and Occupational Therapist, Union Region 11 – Regina

Amy Ewart, Executive Council and Mental Health Therapist, Union Region 11 – Regina
Colleen Howe, Executive Council and Assessor Coordinator, Union Region 11 – Regina
Sheila Kerr, Board of Governor and Physical Therapist, Union Region 11 – Regina
Karen Wasylenko, President and Speech Language Pathologist, Union Region 7 – Saskatoon (Ex-officio)

Committee Support:
Mark Jagoe, Office Manager
Natalie Horejda, Communications/Membership Benefits Manager
Jess Grant, Communications Officer
Dawn Brown, Communications Officer

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.

Bargaining Conference Committee

Chair – Angela Barsalou, Respiratory Therapist, Union Region 7 – Saskatoon

Coral Ennis, Executive Council and Pharmacist, Union Region 7 – Saskatoon
Karen Schmid, Board of Governor and Respiratory Therapist, Union Region 7 – Saskatoon
Karen Wasylenko, President and Speech Language Pathologist, Union Region 7 – Saskatoon (Ex-officio)


Executive Committee

Chair – Karen Wasylenko, President and Speech Language Pathologist, Union Region 7

Travis Bolen, Vice-President and Paramedic, Union Region 11 – Regina
Crystal Bittman, Secretary and Occupational Therapist, Union Region 11 – Regina
Krishna Vegunta, Treasurer and Physical Therapist, Union Region 11 – Regina

Committee Support:
Mark Jagoe, Office Manager
Natalie Horejda, Communications/Membership Benefits Manager
Holly Bratt, Executive Assistant, Recorder

Strategic Planning Committee

Chair – Karen Wasylenko, President and Speech Language Pathologist, Union Region 7

Travis Bolen, Vice-President and Paramedic, Union Region 11 – Regina
Crystal Bittman, Secretary and Occupational Therapist, Union Region 11 – Regina
Krishna Vegunta, Treasurer and Physical Therapist, Union Region 11 – Regina
Alma Mendez, Executive Council and Social Worker, Union Region 7 – Saskatoon
Adam Bue, Executive Council and Physical Therapist, Union Region 7 – Saskatoon
Karen Schmid, Board of Governor and Respiratory Therapist, Union Region 11 – Regina
Brad Mee, OH & S Chair and Paramedic, Union Region 3 – Meadow Lake

Committee Support:
Al Boutin, Executive Director
Mark Jagoe, Office Manager
Natalie Horejda, Communications/Membership Benefits Manager

Communications Committee

Chair – Natalie Horejda, Communications/Member Benefits Manager

Tracy Erickson, Executive Council and Addictions Counsellor, Union Region 8 – Melville
Crystal Bittman, Secretary and Occupational Therapist, Union Region 11 – Regina
Shelby Solomko, Executive Council and Social Worker, Union Region 7 – Saskatoon
Travis Bolen, Vice-President and Paramedic, Union Region 11 – Regina
Karen Wasylenko, President and Speech Language Pathologist, Union Region 7- Saskatoon (Ex-officio)

Committee Support:
Mark Jagoe, Office Manager
Holly Bratt, Executive Assistant/Recorder
Jess Grant, Communications Officer
Dawn Brown, Communications Officer

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

Governance Committee

Chair – Karen Wasylenko, President and Speech Language Pathologist, Union Region 7

Angela Barsalou, Respiratory Therapist, Union Region 7 -Saskatoon
Crystal Bittman, Secretary and Occupational Therapist, Union Region 11 – Regina
Shelby Solomko, Executive Council and Social Worker, Union Region 7 – Saskatoon
Sheila Kerr, Board of Governor and Physical Therapist, Union Region 11 – Regina

Committee Support:

Al Boutin, Executive Director
Holly Bratt, Executive Assistant/Recorder

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

Finance Committee

Chair – Krishna Vegunta, Treasurer and Physical Therapist, Union Region 11 – Regina

Karen Wasylenko, President and Speech Language Pathologist, Union Region 7 – Saskatoon (Ex-officio)

Committee Support:
Mark Jagoe, Office Manager
Samantha Frank, Executive Secretary/Recorder

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 and Addictions Counsellor, Union Region 8 – Yorkton

Angela Barsalou, Executive Council and Respiratory Therapist, Union Region 7 – Saskatoon
Haley Oshowy, Executive Council and Dietitian, Union Region 10 – Moose Jaw
Amy Ewart, Executive Council Alternate and Mental Health Therapist, Union Region 11 – Regina
Vanessa Lazaruk, Member at Large and Social Worker, Union Region 8 – Yorkton
Julianna Cook, Member at Large and Physical Therapist, Union Region 7 – Saskatoon
Kelly Fuchs, Member at Large and Health Educator, Union Region 11 – Regina

Committee Support:
Holly Bratt, Executive Assistant/Recorder

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.

Occupational Health & Safety Committee

Chair – Brad Mee, Executive Council and Paramedic, Union Region 3 – Meadow Lake

Angela Barsalou, Respiratory Therapist, Union Region 7 -Saskatoon
Coral Ennis, Pharmacist, Union Region 7 -Saskatoon
Travis Bolen, Vice-president and Paramedic, Union Region 11 – Regina
Adam Bue, Physical Therapist, Union Region 7 – Saskatoon
Karen Wasylenko, President and Speech Language Pathologist, Union Region 7 – Saskatoon (Ex-officio)

Committee Support:
Natalie Horejda, Communications/Member Benefits Manager
Jody Harasymchuk, Labour Relations Officer, OH&S
Heather Hails, Administrative Assistant/Recorder

The OH&S Committee develops and implements a process approved by Executive Council for the selection and tracking of HSAS Members to local OH&S Committees.