Vancouver Branch Executive Meeting (No.41) Minutes

Thursday May 25, 2017

Location: White Spot Restaurant, 1616 West Georgia, Vancouver, B.C.


Karen Hall (fall 2018) President
Daniel Thibault (fall 2017) Vice-President
Daryl Wong (fall 2017) Member-at-Large
Jean Laberge (fall 2017) Member-at-Large
Kathy Kerr (fall 2018) - Member-at-Large
Geoff Kendell (fall 2018) Member-at-Large
Tim Powers (fall 2018) – Treasurer
Sid Ansari (fall 2017)-Member-at-Large


Ted Molyneux (fall 2018) Member-at-Large
Behzad Mehrabadi (fall 2017) Secretary
Terry Peters (fall 2018) Member-at-Large


Robert MacDonald – BC/Yukon Regional Director

1.0 Meeting called to order at 5:08 pm by K. Hall.

2.0 Approval of Agenda: M/S K. Hall/T. Powers - carried.

3.0 Approval of Draft minutes

  • Approval of draft minutes No. 40, April 12 Executive meeting M/S S Ansari/J Laberge - carried.

4.0 Guest Speaker – Robert MacDonald

  • Summarized current challenges and successes and shared his vision of the role he sees for Branches within the Region
  • Committed to following up on the status of training regarding Pensions

5.0 Business arising from previous Executive meeting

  • Items are carried as per agenda.

6.0 Treasurer's Report

  • Financial Sign-off completed and waiting for allotment

7.0 Membership Data

  • Not available at this time but did have a discussion on number of youth within the Branch (~25%)

8.0 Mobilization and Engagement Events

  • Science March – received money from Better Together.  Successful visibility event
  • L&L on “Getting to know your union”  attended by 16 members.  First time at Library Square and met new members
  • May Day participation by several members
  • Steward Appreciation (K Hall) – at the Rogue again; invite to stewards to be sent out
  • Pride (J Laberge) – will connect with PIPSC HQ and multi union organizing group
  • Sunfest (S Ansari) – have contacted organizers and will arrange for tent
  • Labour Day (T Powers) – will contact organizers and be there with tent
  • Movie Event (K Hall) – to be determined this fall
  • AGM (S Ansari) – contact has been made with Holiday Inn and larger room booked

9.0 By-laws

  • K. Kerr presented options on proceeding and shared the differences between current by-laws and model
  • Motion: K. Kerr proposed we adopt model by-laws and existing regulations and present at this year’s AGM m/s K Kerr/D Thibault – carried
  • K. Kerr to provide K Hall with electronic version for translation and posting

10.0 Regional Council

  • Delegation: We invited 5 additional members of the Branch to attend along with the executive.  S Cowell, W. Kurokova, I Versoza, B Sekhon and R  Ross-Smith.
    Resolutions: The Branch also supported moving to resolutions at Council – (how these were moved for acceptance was not recorded)
    • Joining the BC Federation of Labour
    • Use of Gender Balanced Language in PIPSC Bylaws, Regulations and Policies


  • Wednesday September 13, 2017, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
    • Whitespot on Georgia.

12.0 Adjournment @ 7:50 pm. M/S T Powers/S Ansari