ASPA Volunteer Survey Results

Dear ASPA members: We would like to acknowledge and thank all of our members who, over the past month, participated in a survey about the topic of “volunteering” in our association.

“Volunteering” is a topic that is highly relevant for us, as the association requires many volunteers to conduct its business.  The ASPA Executive is interested in our members’ perception of the value of volunteer participation.

At the closing date of the survey, 384 (of around 1100) ASPA members had responded to the survey.  Here is what we found: Continue reading “ASPA Volunteer Survey Results”

Public Sector Union Rally in Regina, March 8, 2017


Dear ASPA Members and Colleagues,

The Saskatchewan Government Employees Union is calling all public sector union members in this province to a labour rally at the Provincial Legislature on March 8, at noon. 

The purpose of the rally is to draw attention  to detrimental consequences of reducing investments in the public sector, including education, health, social services, and infrastructure.

There is an expectation that public sector workers, which includes us, should sacrifice to balance the budget even though public employees have not been a major contributor to rising government expenditures. (Government to blame for the deficit crisis, Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Feb. 13, 2017)

Please review the supplied rally poster to find out details about the event.  We hope that many of you are interested, wiling, and able to join the event.  If you can, please consider attending the rally.



The Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference 2017 (GGCLC)

Way to go, Jay Shanahan!
The ASPA Executive was very excited to learn about the selection of our former Executive member Jay Shanahan as a participant in the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference 2017 (GGCLC).  The conference: “brings together Canada’s emerging leaders from business, labour, government, NGOs, education and the cultural sector for a unique two-week experience aimed at broadening their perspectives on work, leadership, their communities and their country”
Before Jay left the ASPA Executive and the university in the fall of 2016, he began the application process to become one of the 250 participants in this illustrious event.  This process included a written application and an interview, in a competitive selections process to identify the best candidates from almost 1500 applicants from across the country.  Jay was selected as one of 65 labour representatives in the total cohort of 258 conference participants.
Following an opening plenary session of three days, conference participants will be divided into 16 study groups. Each group will travel to a different region of the country, and over the course of 8 days interact and engage with municipal leaders, grassroots activists, and community organizations.  A three day closing plenary will conclude the conference activities.  For more detailed information, visit
The ASPA Executive members congratulate Jay Shanahan on this accomplishment.