Union education is available to all union members, but priority is given to those who have volunteered to help the Local by becoming a shop steward or being elected as an executive member. The local covers all the costs of the education – registration, accommodation, travel, and union “book-off” time.

Week long courses are typically held in:

  • mid-January to mid-February at Harrison Hot Springs – the Canadian Labour Congress Pacific Region Winter School
  • May-June in Kamloops – the CUPE BC Spring Weeklong School
  • October-November in Nanaimo – the CUPE BC Fall Weeklong School

The BCFed Health and Safety Centre runs health and safety-related courses throughout the year. You can see what’s available on the course calendar.

Other courses are held throughout the year. Please see the listing on the right for more details. If you want to attend a course please fill in the Union Education Form and send it to Tom Benjamin or Shirley Lyons, the members of the Education Committee.

VIHA Education Fund

In September, 2018 the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) announced the creation of a new professional development fund for members of the health care team to undertake professional development to increase specialization, improve health care service to rural and remote areas of B.C., and meet ongoing requirements for professional development.
The guidelines, application, and frequently asked questions documents are downloadable.

Martine King, Panorama Recreation Centre CRD Steward
James Brenay, CRD Integrated Water Services, Tennyson Avenue CRD Steward
CRD Steward
Russ Donnison, CRD Parks & Environmental Services, Hartland Landfill CRD Steward
Jenna Ward, CRD Parks & Environmental Services, Regional Parks CRD Steward
Coral Lee Henderson, CRD Bylaw and Animal Care Services CRD Steward
Graziella Martin, CRD Parks & Environmental Services, Regional Parks CRD Steward
Clay Cullen, CRD Integrated Water Services CRD Steward
Tambra Cartmell, CRD 911 Services CRD Steward
Brett Wicker, Panorama Recreation Centre CRD Steward
CRD Steward
Joe Kolic, CRD Integrated Water Services, Macaulay Point CRD Steward
CRD Steward
Blair Barrett, CRD Parks & Environmental Services, Regional Parks CRD Steward
Shawn Painchaud, CRD Integrated Water Services, Tennyson Avenue CRD Steward
Courtney MacMurchy, Panorama Recreation Centre CRD Steward
Yvonne Blair, Greater Victoria Housing Society GVHS Steward
Fraser Macbeth WSPRS Steward
VIHA Steward
Job Action Email
Sceni Powers, CRD Financial Services, Major Projects Trustee
Carli Hliva, CRD Parks & Environmental Services, Hartland Landfill Trustee
Tom Benjamin, CRD Technology & Initiatives, Information Technology & GIS Vice-President
Mauricio Navarrete, CRD Parks & Environmental Services, Facility Management & Engineering Servicess President
Kathy Marshall, CRD Finance, Payroll
VACANT VIHA Coordinator
John MacPhee, CRD Housing Corporation
James Kroening, CRD Integrated Water Services, Saanich Peninsula Wastewater Treatment Plant
Karl Rogers, CRD Parks & Environmental Services, Panorana Recreation CRD Coordinator
Graziella Martin, CRD Parks & Environmental Services, Regional Parks CRD Coordinator
Brendon Parker, CRD Parks & Environmental Services CRD Coordinator
Bruce Lesperance, CRD Parks & Environmental Services, Facilities Management & Engineering Services CRD Chair
Stephen Taylor Chair GVHS
Lindsay Fumalle VIHA Chair
Shawn Davies, West Shore Parks & Recreation WSPR Chair
Henry Lee, CRD Parks & Environmental Services, Environmental Protection Treasurer
Shirley Lyons, CRD Parks & Environmental Services, Environmental Protection Secretary
Debbie Schoening, CRD Parks & Environmental Services, Regional Parks Trustee