Member Interest Articles

ASPA’s Post-Bargaining Survey Results

Written by the ASPA Research Committee

Introduction

ASPA Research Committee conducted an online survey in December, 2020 to gather ASPA members feedback on various aspects of the latest round of bargaining. The short survey gathered insights on level of satisfaction with ASPA’s communications during bargaining, the information sessions, the forced vote, tentative agreement, as well as what ASPA did well during bargaining and areas for improvement. A total of 432 surveys were completed, representing a 32% response rate.  This article provides an overview of the survey results. All averages reported are based on a 5-point scale, where 1 equals “strongly disagree” and 5 equals “strongly agree”.

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Member Highlights

ASPA Member Highlight – Kamal Gabadage, Clinical Associate (Bovine Field Service), Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM)

Written by Karen E. Mosier

Kamal graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Sri Lanka in 2007. He came to Canada in 2009. He completed an internship in Large Animal Medicine in 2012 and completed a 3 year residency training in Food Animal Production Medicine in 2016 at the WCVM. Kamal is a specialist in food animal production medicine and holds diplomate status of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Food Animal Practice. He gives credit to his WCVM colleagues and friends Dr. Ted Leighton, Dr. Lyall Petrie, Dr. Fritz Schumann, Sherry Presnell, and Jane Fitzpatrick for their support during this time. In particular, he acknowledges his mentor and role model Dr. Ted Leighton, Professor Emeritus, WCVM, and former Executive Director, Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative, who helped him to overcome racial barriers, financial difficulties, visa challenges, and cultural stereotyping that international students often face when they move to a different country to continue their studies and find employment. 

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Member Interest Articles

Take Stock of Your Achievements

Written by Karen E. Mosier

Time flies by and things need to get done. Often we don’t take the time to think about everything we have accomplished. Starting a new year is a great time to reflect on the last 12 months and think about all the things that occurred. It is important to keep track of your achievements, even the smaller ones.   

Here are some great ways to take stock of your achievements:

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Awards

12 Days of Holidays Give Away!

We would like to announce the winners of our ASPA 12 Days of Holidays contest:

  • Tracey Baliski
  • Stryker Calvez
  • Darcie Earle
  • Tamara Hominuke
  • Daryl Janzen
  • Angela Ko
  • Lauryn Kronick
  • Sean Polreis
  • Daryl Pshyk
  • Heather Ross
  • Travis Rotenburger
  • Brent Usselman

Congratulation to our lucky winners. Our Administrative Assistant will be mailing out the prizes.

We would like to take the opportunity to wish all our ASPA members Happy Holidays and all the best in 2021! May you have a safe and relaxing holiday.

ASPA Communications & Public Relations Committee

Member Interest Articles

Ways to be Kind to Yourself at Work

Written by Karen E. Mosier

Do you ever feel tired and worn out? Do you ever think “I’m going to fail. I’m not smart enough to do this?” Sometimes life is tough and work can be hectic. It is especially important during these times to take care of yourself. Being kind to yourself allows you to move past self-criticism and negative self-talk.

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President's Message

President’s Message

President Curtis Larson

We are over halfway through term 1 of the 2020-21 academic year and more than 8 months along dealing with the pandemic with most of us still working from home. As I am writing this the province is experiencing rising COVID-19 positive cases across the province with Saskatoon being particularly hard hit. The province also has announced mandatory mask wearing in all public indoor spaces for the city until at least November 28, something those of you that have been coming on campus have been doing since the beginning of September. I hope all of you are keeping well and taking the time to stay healthy both physically and mentally, as the stress and anxiety of the pandemic, working from home, social isolation, etc. can be overwhelming at times. Remember to make the effort to reach out to talk to people and access the many resources we have available to us through programs like the employee and family assistance program or just talking to a trusted co-worker or friend to get a different perspective on an issue that you may be dealing with.

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