Due to a change in bylaws, nominations for Provincial Executive and Provincial Standing Committee positions will now occur and be completed prior to Convention. As such, candidates are provided an opportunity to publish a biogrpahy, in advance of Convention, on this page.

Biographies may be submitted here. Please note the size and content guidelines.

Current Candidate Biographies

Inclusion Diversity Equity and Access IDEA

Election ends April 30, 2024

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Indigenous Health Navigator

Election ends April 30, 2024

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Mental Health and Wellness Coordinator

Election ends March 31, 2024

Christina Zaganas

Submitted February 26, 2024

Hello APBC Members, my name is Christina Zaganas and I am pleased to have been nominated for the position of Mental Health & Wellness Coordinator. I started with BCEHS as a Primary Care Paramedic in 2010, working throughout the Sunshine Coast, Sea to Sky and Lower Mainland. For the past 2 years I have been the Modified Duties Coordinator for the Connect and Recover Program, a role that has enabled me to support staff that have been injured on and off the job. Through this position, my role has been to meet workers where they are at and advocate for each member’s unique needs, as well as keep them meaningfully connected to the workplace. Guiding my peers as they navigate through this process has given me insight into where the system is falling short and has ignited my passion for improving accessibility and education in this area. 

To the position, I bring diverse experiences from the full spectrum of professional and personal mental health and wellness modalities. Most recently, this includes proudly volunteering as a Critical Incident Stress Program Peer since 2016, recently participating (through APBC) in the “Train the Trainer” Trauma Resiliency Training through Wounded Warriors Canada facilitated by Dr. Tim Black, and Mindfulness Meditation for First Responders through Mindful Badge. In addition to my roles within BCEHS, I have completed the End of Life Doula Program at Douglas College (2020) and volunteer with End of Life Planning. I also completed a Somatic Yoga Therapy Certification (2014), and was a reserve member of Department of National Defense Health Services (2011-2018). Previously, I also worked in Mental Health and Addictions on the DTES (2006-2014), with an emphasis on outreach programs & Palliative Care. Through each of these positions, I have sought to understand individual circumstances in ways that support people to feel empowered to improve and advocate for their own healing and wellness. 

I would be honored to play a role in co-creating meaningful change for those experiencing occupational stress, improving accessibility and helping members develop & maintain good mental health and wellness in our daily lives – both on and off the job. 

Sincerely Yours in Solidarity,

Christina (Christa) Zaganas

Tonya Stephan

Submitted February 21, 2024

Dear Provincial Executive Board, My professional experience as a Primary Care Paramedic combined with my additional training as a Rehabilitation Therapy Assistant has provided the necessary qualities to make me a valuable addition to the team as your Health and Wellness Coordinator,  As an RTA, my expertise is working with occupational therapists and physiotherapists as their assistants and working with them to implement the rehabilitation plan.  I have a solid understanding of the rehabilitation work required for injured employees with a passion for mental health injury rehabilitation. I have experience working with clients through various stages of rehabilitation and am familiar with the intricate work required. My years of experience have given me a sound understanding of the essential elements needed to work with individuals who have experienced trauma. Recognizing the sensitivities of such cases, I have developed a thorough approach to helping those in need.  As well as being a paramedic with lived experience with PTSD, I have a personal understanding of the difficulties a paramedic can face when exposed to trauma and working through the WorkSafe and the DTA process. I am an example of the work required to heal and get better and that it is possible, which is essential for those at earlier stages of healing.  I, therefore, can connect on a level that those without the trauma background cannot. I am optimistic that my experience, proficiencies in communication, interpersonal teamwork and understanding of trauma will prove invaluable in the Mental Health and Wellness Coordinator position. I am passionate about helping those in need and have dedicated my career to providing quality and compassionate care. I bring a comprehensive set of skills that will be valuable to APBC/CUPE 873. I honed my CISM and trauma-informed practice abilities with additional training, providing a firm foundation for the mental health and wellness coordinator position. Communication, people-centric nature, and compassion have afforded me excellent interpersonal skills. Here are some of my professional highlights:
  • CISM from the JIBC
  • CIS Peer team APBC/BCEHS
  • Trauma Informed Practice Level 2 by Dr Alyson Quinn; Trauma Informed Practice Institute
  • Rehabilitation Therapy Assistant
  • Building Resiliency on the Front Line by Dr Tim Black; UVIC
  • Trauma Resiliency Trainer from APBC
I am excited to contribute my talents and mental health and wellness proficiency to your team efforts. As an engaging communicator with a proven track record in coworker support, my focus on building strong professional relationships has been a beneficial asset throughout my career. I hope you will find that my qualifications meet your criteria, and I would be honoured to talk more about any opportunities with you.   Sincerely yours,   Tonya Stephan
Randy Reinholdt

Submitted February 9, 2024

Hello to all you incredible Warriors!! I have had the privilege to be nominated for the Mental Health and Wellness Coordinator and have accepted. After working 21 yrs in some of BC’s most challenging posts (DTES-Victoria-Nanaimo) that call that I had done 100s of times , exposed all the cumulative trauma I didn’t know was deep down inside me. Since that day Jan/02/2021 I have been on a Recovery and Resilience journey out of the Darkness of Post Traumatic and Occupational Stress Injuries into the light of Post Traumatic Growth. I have been advocating for First Responders and Military for over 10yrs but sadly didn’t recognize what I saw in others in myself, so I have spent the last 3 yrs acquiring knowledge about PTSD/OSI but the greatest teacher was my own demons. I learnt so much about myself that I was able to develop my own strategies  which now have me in a place where my Mental, Physical, Emotional and Spiritual health have never been better. As the stresses have never been worse in the history of our service, I want to share what I have learnt about myself and how to manage the stresses of our environment. While  learning about myself I also enrolled in as much Mental Health courses I could. I have Counselling Skills 1 and 2 , Group and Individual Peer Support qualifications, I have taken Resilience Immersion Training with the Union, Trauma Resilience Training 1 and 2 - Before Occupational Stress with Wounded Warrior Canada and I am an experienced Peer Support Facilitator with them.  On my Facebook  (please check it out) I have made myself available for anyone who is struggling with PTSD/OSI to reach out as I have an ear to listen, a shoulder to cry on and strong enough to pull them out of the pit they think they can’t get out of. I am humbled by the calls I have had across Canada and a few in the US and why I am putting myself out there for the Mental Health and Wellness Coordinator, as I have seen how my passion to help those I know because I am one of them and one of you. I might not have all the answers but I can help and if I can’t I can get help no matter how hard it may be to get. This is an opportunity for us all as mental health and wellness for Paramedics and Dispatchers is being taken seriously and I will be that guy to advocate for all of you if you do me the honour and give me your vote.  Finally I want to thank Bob Parkinson and Warren Leeder for all the important work they have done and want to continue working as hard as they had and still are on reshaping how Mental Heath and Wellness are looked upon. No more Stigma and more support and growth amongst our members. Please help me help you and pass on my bio and message, Stay Frosty and be safe Randy ps. Please reach out anytime to me or someone your trust. You may seem alone but you are not.
Allison Nicole Ropp

Submitted February 6, 2024

My name is Nicki Ropp, and I am honoured to be nominated for the APBC Mental Health and Wellness Coordinator position.

I want to thank Warren Leeder, our new Health and Wellness Director, for giving me the opportunity to assist him in this important work since November of last year.  In that time, I’ve recognized that the workload is massive, and I’m so grateful to assist wherever possible.

I come to this nomination with a history of union experience. I’ve been an RVP in Region 2 East for the last 2 years, but most recently, I’ve been able to sit on various committees and working groups in the MH&W portfolio, where I’ve been able to serve our members in a way that I never thought possible- by fighting to reduce stigma and improve access to our important programs and supports.

My MH&W work includes recently attending the Trauma Resiliency Training (Train the Trainer). I sit on our Joint Occupational Rehab Committee and the BC First Responder Mental Health and Wellness Committee.  I am also a member of the CISM Steering Committee and the Provincial Violence Prevention Curriculum Working Group.  Most recently, to improve our Mental Health and Wellness media exposure, I’ve joined our APBC Communications Team.

It is my intention to carry on the good work that Warren Leeder and Bob Parkinson have done in this portfolio.  I want to earn the trust and respect of our membership by always being an advocate for them and fighting to bring about improvements to all of our MH&W programs so that our members get the help they need- when they need it.

Thank you for your consideration for this position.  If you have any questions about what I can bring to this role, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at nicki.ropp@apbc.ca.

Region 1 North Regional Public ED Director

Election ends April 19, 2024

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Region 1 North Regional Recording Secretary

Election ends April 19, 2024

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Region 1 North Regional Vice President

Election ends April 19, 2024

Stephen Shipman

Submitted February 16, 2024

Hi, For those of you who do not know me, my name is Stephen Shipman and I have been working for BCEHS since 1996. Currently I am working out of Station 180 in Nanaimo and living in Courtenay. I truly believe we have the best career in the world, yet sometimes we have issues with our employer, or even other employees. We have one set of rules, one collective agreement, which must be followed by all parties involved. At the end of the day, regardless of licence level, we are all the same: CUPE 873 members who deserve to be treated fairly, equitably, and with respect. I promise to do my best to make sure that every member I represent gets treated fairly and appropriately by both the Union and our employer. I truly believe we must hold our employer accountable, not only for their actions, but for their inactions (the stuff they don\'t do, but should). In my time away from work, I enjoy being a father to two wonderful daughters (18 & 15), a step daughter (14), and two step sons (17 &19). I am also an avid outdoorsman and skier. I really love living in Courtenay as it brings me closer to the nature I prefer to be in. I am easy to get a hold of if you have any questions or concerns. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions. Cheers, Stephen 604-723-9652 astryx@gmail.com

Region 1 South Regional Recording Secretary

Election ends April 19, 2024

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Region 1 South Regional Vice President

Election ends April 19, 2024

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Region 2 East Regional Public ED Director

Election ends April 19, 2024

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Region 2 East Regional Recording Secretary

Election ends April 19, 2024

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Region 2 East Regional Vice President

Election ends April 19, 2024

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Region 2 West Regional Public ED Director

Election ends April 19, 2024

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Region 2 West Regional Recording Secretary

Election ends April 19, 2024

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Region 2 West Regional Vice President

Election ends April 19, 2024

Shanjit Singh Sander

Submitted February 24, 2024

For the past few years, I have had the privilege of serving our membership as one of the four RVPs comprising the 2W Regional Executive. I am now seeking your vote for re-election with the hope of continuing to build on the valuable work, advocacy, and support I have provided to our membership. Over the past few years, we have worked diligently and witnessed year-over-year improvements in the actual grievance backlog. This means your grievances are addressed faster and presented to the employer for resolution in a timely fashion. With your vote, I will continue to be your labour relations advocate and protect your collective agreement rights. If I don't know the answer, I will ensure I find the answer for you. I take pride in offering steadfast support to our membership through the 11.04 process by ensuring our members are well-informed, are educated about their rights, and how to best prepare for their meeting(s). I am committed to engaging with our members who are either new to our service in NEO or new to Region 2W through the VPOP program after overhauling the delivery of our Union presentations. I will also continue to assist our Communications Team, continue working with our numerous media and PR campaigns when asked, and all other  innovative initiatives to promote our membership through this team. My other previous experiences within our Union include serving as the Region 2W Recording Secretary and a Shop Steward at the station level for multiple stations in the past. I was also a part of the Website Committee led by Warren Leeder that helped launch the new APBC website last year. Each of these previous experiences has helped me understand the labor relations side of our business and, with your vote, I look forward to playing a small role in the improvement and betterment of our ambulance service. If you have any specific questions please reach out to me at shane.sander@apbc.ca.
Ian Tait

Submitted February 20, 2024

Hi, everyone. My name is Ian Tait, and I am running for one (of the two open) 2West RVP positions.  I am currently your Communications Director and the 2West Recording Secretary, which is up soon.  I have been nominated to step up to RVP to help out with our current team, which I have been doing as my schedule allows for the last few years.  We are very fortunate to have some great RVPs, including Shane Sander, Brinton Deluca, Candis Visser, and Kelly Budway.  Kelly is not re-running this term but is hopefully transitioning into a different position where she can still have an impact on this important work. I have long been an advocate with Cupe 873 and have represented members all across the province for 11.04s and 31.03s. I am a staunch ally to all paramedics and dispatchers of all license levels who make up this service.  I come to this position with a lot of experience fighting for our rights, protecting the collective agreement, and holding the Employer accountable for how they treat our members.  I have, and continue to fight for this union on a weekly basis, and I have always put the needs of our members first when representing them in any meeting.  I am a big proponent of promoting our union and profession provincially and federally, and I continue to help move this union forward in a productive and respectful way, but at the same time, I don't mind fighting for what we deserve and how we should be treated.  If you have any questions or want to reach out for advice or anything union-related, don't hesitate to message me at ian.tait@apbc.ca.

Region 3 Regional Vice President

Election ends April 19, 2024

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Region 4 Regional Public ED Director

Election ends April 19, 2024

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Region 4 Regional Recording Secretary

Election ends April 19, 2024

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Region 4 Regional Vice President

Election ends April 19, 2024

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Regions 5 through 8 Regional Recording Secretary

Election ends April 19, 2024

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Regions 5 through 8 Regional Vice President

Election ends April 19, 2024

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Womens Advocacy Director

Election ends April 30, 2024

Erin May Eileen Baker

Submitted February 26, 2024

My name is Erin Baker, and I have been nominated for the Women’s Advocacy Director position. I’ve been a paramedic since 2006. I have worked in remote, rural, urban, and provincial (air ambulance) settings in the service. I am currently a Critical Care Paramedic at station 280, and I’m running for the Women’s Advocacy Director position because I never want the service to go back to what it was, when I started. As a woman, I’ve been told that I don’t measure up, I don’t belong, and I won’t make it (among other things)…but I’ve proven all of those words wrong. This new position is one that we didn’t think that we needed; after a similar position was created, occupied by a male colleague, then deemed unnecessary 20 years ago. But here we are. I may not stay long in this position, but I think that I am well equipped to set it up for the future generation to take over. I want paramedicine to be welcoming and accepting to all. So, if this resonate with you, please vote for me as Women’s Advocacy Director.

Thank you for your time.