ASPA Annual General Meeting Summary

Written by Yolanda Palmer-Clarke

The annual general meeting for the Administrative and Supervisory Personnel Association (ASPA) was held April 30, 2019 in ARTS 241 with 184 members in attendance.  Members voted to fill vacant positions on the executive from a list of nominated personnel. There were eleven (11) nominees volunteering for six (6) positions on the executive. This is the largest number of nominees to date and ASPA thanks each nominee for their willingness to volunteer. The new executive for the year 2019-2020 were introduced to the membership at the close of the meeting: Curt Larson (President), Joanie Crandall (VP), LaVina Watts (VP), Garett Federko (Treasurer), Calvert ChiefCalf, Colleen Cochran, John Costa, Dawn Giesbrecht, Peter Krebs, Andrea Smida, Henry Tan, and Dan Zhao. One retiring member took the opportunity to encourage members to take advantage of the benefits offered through ASPA. As social with food and drinks at Louis’ Loft follwed the general meeting. It was a success with over 100 members attending for conversation and networking.

Call for nominations – ASPA Executive

Effective April of 2019, six (6) ASPA Executive positions will need to be filled. We are now actively seeking ASPA members who want to join the ASPA Executive.

Would you like to meet new people and learn more about what goes on behind the scenes on campus beyond your own department/unit? Would you like to learn a new skill set, and expand your professional networks? Would you like to make a difference and give back something to the university community? If yes, why don’t you consider joining the ASPA Executive?  Continue reading “Call for nominations – ASPA Executive”

ASPA Tuition Reimbursement Fund application now available

The application form for the 2018-2019 ASPA Tuition Reimbursement Fund is now available online at: Students can apply online through their PAWS account as follows:

1)     Log into the Scholarships and Bursaries channel in PAWS (

2)        Click on the green “Apply for awards” button

3)        Click on the “Select Application Form” scroll-down menu under “Current Students”

4)        Select the “2018-2019 ASPA Tuition Reimbursement Fund Application”; click “Apply”

The Tuition Reimbursement Fund is available for members’ immediate family (spouses, partner, and children).

Social Media Survey Results

Written by John Costa on behalf of the Research Committee

Last January, ASPA members responded to ASPA’s 1 Minute survey on social media. Over 320 ASPA members participated with the vast majority of reporting overwhelming support for the current method of communication – email (96.8%) and website (57%) with Facebook coming in a distant third with 18.50% support.

When asked which social media tools respondents use, Facebook and LinkedIn were ranked among the most visited platforms with YouTube coming a close third. Reddit was the most cited social media site not listed (Website, E-mail, Texting, Hard Copy Newsletter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn). Continue reading “Social Media Survey Results”

Potential CUPE 1975 Job Action – FAQ’s

As you are probably aware, CUPE 1975 took a strike vote at the end of September and the members provided the CUPE 1975 bargaining team with a strike mandate.  As an ASPA member you might be wondering what this means for you or how this might impact your work.

ASPA has put together answers to some of those questions that you might have.  If your question has not been answered or you require clarification, please contact our Member Services Officer Darcy Hryn – Bird at or 306-966-7392. Continue reading “Potential CUPE 1975 Job Action – FAQ’s”

Census Highlights

Written by John Costa, ASPA Research Committee Member

The recent census provided some insights into the composition of our membership.  Of the 637 census respondents, 66% report being alumni of the University of Saskatchewan. The majority of those (83%) have post-secondary degrees with 45% holding a bachelor’s degree, 30% with a Master’s degree, 7% with a PhD and 2% with a post-doc. The remainder have high school, diploma or certificates.

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Celebrate Good Times – ASPA 40th Anniversary


The ASPA 40th Anniversary Committee is hosting the last anniversary events this October and we are posting notice for you to SAVE THE DATE.

Tuesday October 23:  ASPA 40th Anniversary Final Events

  • Part 1 – Anniversary Luncheon and Speaker
  • Part 2 – Professional Development Session

Each event will feature the world known author/presenter,  Michael Kerr. “Michael Kerr, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), Speaking Hall of Fame member, is a business speaker, very funny motivational speaker, and the author of six books including Putting Humor to Work.  He is known as one of North America’s leading speakers on humor in the workplace and how safe humor can be used  to create more productive, less stressful, more creative, and more inspiring workplaces. His hilarious, inspiring and thought-provoking programs are often rated as having the greatest impact and relevance of any presentation at a conference. Michael is listed as one of Canada’s most requested funny motivational business speakers.” –

See for a quick video of the speaker helping us celebrate 40 years! Continue reading “Celebrate Good Times – ASPA 40th Anniversary”

All Unions Pancake Breakfast 2018

Here are a few pictures from the 2018 Pancake Breakfast, held on September 6,  We were pleased that Larry Hubick, President and Lori Johb, Secretary Treasurer from the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) and President Stoicheff joined us for breakfast.  It was a beautiful day for a great event.

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L – R: Dawn Giesbrecht, ASPA VP, LaVina Watts, ASPA VP, Sheila ffolliott, ASPA Treasurer, Annetta Gellner, Executive Assistant, John Costa and Curtis Larson, ASPA Executive







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President Stoicheff visiting with ASPA

pancake 6Lori and Larry, SFL

pancake 8 Continue reading “All Unions Pancake Breakfast 2018”