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Executive Director

The Executive Director of HSAS is accountable for the administration of the Union and represents the interests of HSAS at all times. The Executive Director is responsible for the management of the labour relations services provided to the membership, the supervision of the Labour Relations Officers and Out of Scope staff, as well as assuming the role of Lead Negotiator for the Provincial Negotiating Committee and HSAS staff contracts.

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Office Manager

The Office Manager of HSAS manages the administrative business affairs of the Union, and leads the planning, organizing and managing of the offices and participates in the overall planning of the Union. In collaboration with the Executive Director and Finance Committee the Office Manager proposes an annual budget for office operations, and guides the organization to meet its financial goals.

Mark Jagoe

Office Manager Saskatoon Office Email PH: 306-955-3399 TF: 1-888-565-3399

Mark Jagoe started at HSAS in June, 2014. Previously Mark worked at the University of Saskatchewan for 20 years; 14 years as a Manager and 2 years as a Director.

Mark holds a B.A. Public Administration from the University of Saskatchewan and is currently working towards the Canadian Certified Human Resource Professional designation.

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Communications/Membership Benefits Manager

Natalie Horejda

Communications/
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Regina Office Email PH: 306-585-7751 TF: 1-888-565-3399

 

 

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Executive Assistant & Executive Secretary

The Executive Assistant and the Executive Secretary report to the Executive Director and provide administrative and executive support to the Executive Director, Office Manager, Executive Council and related committees.

Holly Bratt

Executive Assistant Regina Office Email PH: 306-585-7751 TF: 1-888-565-3399

Prior to joining the team at HSAS Holly worked as an Administrative Assistant for a local real estate company in Regina, which lead to her obtaining her real estate license in 2008. She continued to practice in the real estate industry for 10 years.

Holly brings excellent customer service experience as well as a strong understanding of contracts and confidentiality.  She likes to stay active and busy in every way possible. In fact, she has participated in many volunteer groups such as Regina Open Door Society where she taught English to newcomers and refugees, Canadian Blood Services by encouraging individuals to donate blood. She has also volunteered for Dress for Success where she helped women to learn how dress for an interview and work placement while, providing encouragement and confidence.

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Samantha Frank

Executive Secretary Saskatoon Office Email PH: 306-955-3399 TF: 1-888-565-3399
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Labour Relations Officers

Located in either Regina or Saskatoon and reporting to the Executive Director, Labour Relations Officers (LROs) are responsible for the provision of labour relations services and general advocacy for the Union’s Membership.

When members seek the help of Labour Relations Services, our LROs advocate on behalf of those members. Resolving issues can lead to positive changes in a member’s workplace.

LRO Duties include:

  • Answering member questions about the Collective Agreement
  • Providing advice pertaining to various workplace situations that arise (i.e. return to work programs, accommodation, workplace conflicts)
  • Providing support during harassment complaints, investigations, and conflict resolution processes
  • Solving workplace issues between members and management
  • Where necessary, managing the grievance process up to and including arbitration

Chris Wright

Labour Relations Officer Regina Office Email PH: 306-585-7751 TF: 1-888-565-3399

Chris Wright is new to the HSAS Labour Relations team after serving over 18 years in both Quebec and Ontario in various Union roles. During his 16 years in Quebec, Chris worked within the largest labour organization in the province, holding various Union positions from Organizing to Vice President of Grievances, advocating and servicing health care workers in many different job classifications. In the past two years, Chris worked for the largest health care sector Union in Ontario, honing his bargaining and negotiating skills, once again advocating for health care workers in various classifications, travelling throughout the province and working closely with the members.

Chris prides himself on understanding the needs of and protecting the professionals that he represents, using his experience to move the labour movement forward and is always a team player. Chris looks forward to helping out the members of the HSAS, learning and moving forward with the organization.

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Nestor Walnyckyj

Labour Relations Officer Regina Office Email PH: 306-585-7751 TF: 1-888-565-3399
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Jesse Payne

Labour Relations Officer Saskatoon Office Email PH: 306-955-3399 TF: 1-888-565-3399

Jesse joined HSAS in 2017, bringing with him 20 years as a union activist and 16 years as a union representative in the university sector.  During this time, he has been a member of the CAW, OSSTF, CUPE 1281, CUPE 3903, COPE and USW.  Most recently, Jesse served as a Member Services Officer and Organizer at the University of Regina Faculty Association, where he helped organize the sessional faculty into a new bargaining unit and negotiated two collective agreements at First Nations University of Canada.

Prior to arriving in Saskatchewan, Jesse served the Canadian Union of Public Employees in Ontario, where he worked as Staff Representative for CUPE Locals 3902 (University of Toronto), 3903 (York University) and 3906 (McMaster University).  In 2006/7, Jesse was seconded by CUPE National to assist with a successful drive to organize Research Assistants at York University.

Jesse has been proud to represent approximately 16,000 members within 18 bargaining units.  He has participated in 5 certification drives, 5 strikes, and has negotiated 20 collective agreements, including the first contract for Post-Doctoral Fellows in Canada.

Jesse is a certified public school teacher, having completed his B.Ed at University of Toronto in 2007, following upon a BA and MA in Political Science from York University.

In his time with HSAS, Jesse has been very impressed with the compassionate and dedicated members of HSAS, and he looks forward to working with the membership, leadership and staff in the challenging years ahead.

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Jason Pacheco

Labour Relations Officer Saskatoon Office Email PH: 306-955-3399 TF: 1-888-565-3399
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Brina Surkan

Labour Relations Officer Regina Office Email PH: 306-585-7751 TF: 1-888-565-3399

Brina has worked in labour relations since 2012 but her passion for LR started long before that. Growing up with a unionist mother, she spent her youth sitting at bargaining tables and handing out coffee on picket lines. Watching the passion her mom and fellow members displayed while fighting for better work environments showed Brina the amazing work that unions do. This inspired Brina as she pursued her B.Comm at the University of Saskatchewan. Graduating in 2012, she quickly found a job working in labour relations and has been blessed to follow her passion every day since.

Prior to joining the HSAS team, Brina worked for the CLR Construction Labour Relations Association of Saskatchewan, an organization that represents unionized contractors in the province. While she may come from an employer background, Brina is a firm believer in unions and is excited to get back to where it all began.

Brina is a lifelong Saskatchewan resident and lives in Regina with her husband, son, and two dogs. She is a fan of all things Christmas, the Vancouver Canucks, and crafting. She is looking forward to meeting the membership and supporting them in any way she can.

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Jody Harasymchuk

Labour Relations Officer Regina Office Email PH: 306-585-7751 TF: 1-888-565-3399
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Communications

The Communications Officer works directly with the HSAS Communications Committee. This role is responsible for delivering key Union messages to the membership and the public. The Communications Officer is also responsible for the overall brand and visual identity of the Union.

Dawn Brown

Communications Officer Regina Office Email PH: 306-585-7751 TF: 1-888-565-3399

Dawn studied television and broadcasting, along with multimedia and website design at Canadore College of Applied Arts and Technology. She also trained at SIAST (now Sask. Polytechnique) as a Production Coordinator, which provided opportunities to coordinate such TV shows as Corner Gas and Renegadepress.com and events like the Junos and Grey Cup.

Dawn was employed in television and film for a number of years before transitioning to non-profit communications consulting in 2010. Since then, she has worked with non-profit organizations in Saskatchewan, including the Saskatchewan Association of Safe Workplace in Health; the Service and Hospitality Safety Association of Saskatchewan; and the Saskatchewan College of Pharmacists. Dawn joined HSAS in 2017.

Outside of HSAS, Dawn volunteers with the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange Society, where she served as Chair of the Board for 5 years, and currently sits as the Past-Chair for the organization. She also sits on the Saskatchewan Arts Alliance Communications Committee.

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Jess Grant

Communications Officer Regina Office Email PH: 1-306-570-9985 TF: 1-888-565-3399
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Administrative Staff

The Administrative Staff of HSAS provides reception, administrative and secretarial support to the Office Manager, Executive Director, Labour Relations staff, Executive Council and various Committees of the Union.

Kelly Sluth

Membership Records Coordinator Regina Office Email PH: 306-585-7751 TF: 1-888-565-3399
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Robyn Selinger

Administrative Assistant Regina Office Email PH: 306-585-7751 TF: 1-888-565-3399
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Brandi Kinzel

Brandi Kinzel

Administrative Assistant Saskatoon Office Email PH: 306-955-3399 TF: 1-888-565-3399

Brandi Kinzel received her Business Office Specialist Diploma from Saskatoon Business College in December of 2012 and began working for the Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan at the end of January of 2013. Since starting at HSAS Brandi has learned what it means both to be part of a union and to serve the union. She has also had the opportunity to be able to plan and/or attend events such as our Annual Convention and MLA Holiday Reception during her time with HSAS.

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Heather Hails

Administrative Assistant Saskatoon Office Email PH: 306-955-3399 TF: 1-888-565-3399
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