Member Interest Articles

Performing Random Acts of Kindness in the Workplace

Written by Karen E. Mosier

Practicing kindness in the workplace is a great way to spread some positivity. In addition, doing random acts of kindness is a great way to boost your own mood and health and it also promotes good feelings and makes people more likely to ‘pay it forward’.

Consider these three ways you can practice kindness in your workplace:

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Labour in the News


Disclaimer – The views in this article are not necessarily the views of, nor express our reality in, ASPA.  The purpose of highlighting this article is to provide members with varying viewpoints and information about Labour and the happenings around campus, provincially, nationally and internationally.

Organizing Retail Workers from Coast to Coast


The story of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada — now over a year in its writing — has also inevitably become a story about work. Overnight, “essential” entered day-to-day vocabulary to describe those workers whose in-person jobs our society couldn’t function without. Many workers temporarily enjoyed fanfare and public appreciation. Others even briefly received hazard pay.

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Did You Know?

Did You Know? – Position Review

Did you know that ASPA members or their supervisor could request a review of their position once every twelve (12) month period if they felt that the position might not be in the correct Family or Phase? (Article 9.1.2 of the ASPA Collective Agreement) 

The duties of a position may alter over time or particularly in the first year of a new position.  To ensure that the duties of the position are being correctly classified, the member or their supervisor may seek to have the position reviewed by U of S Compensation ( ). 

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2021 University Staff Excellence Award Recipients

The University Staff Excellence Award recognizes staff members who have achieved excellence while demonstrating dedication and commitment to the university’s Mission, Vision and Values in support of the University Plan 2025. In 2021, the program gave special recognition to those individuals who made exceptional contributions through the unexpected challenges of the pandemic, enabling the university to succeed through these extraordinary times. This year they received 41 nominations for this award.

Congratulations to the five award recipients who are all ASPA members as well:

  • Yvette Arcand, Acting Director, the Indian Teacher Education Program, College of Education
  • Wendy James, Manager, Professional and Curriculum Development, Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning
  • Majak Mapiour, Chemical and Biological Engineering Laboratory Coordinator, College of Engineering
  • Kurtis Swekla, Acting University Veterinarian and Director of Animal Ethics, Office of the Vice President Research
  • Carrie Verishagen, Director, Eat Well Saskatchewan, College of Pharmacy and Nutrition

Make Retirement the Best Yeas of Your Life

Jim Yih

ASPA is dedicated to providing our members with information and resources that will enrich your experience as a member and employee of the university. This June, the following retirement planning workshop may be of interest:

Retirement is a personal decision. According to Jim Yih, one of Canada’s leading experts on money, retirement, investing and personal finance, the most successful retirees are not the ones with the most money, but rather the ones who take time to understand what they want out of retirement and plan accordingly. 

  • Yih will share with you his insights on the most important issues when it comes to having a successful retirement including:
  • That retirement planning is personal. Retirement can be anything you want it to be – you simply need to take some time to figure it out.
  • Why you may not need as much money as you think to retire happy and successfully
  • That retirement planning is the harmonization of two important issues: 
  • lifestyle issues; and
  • money issues

This free webinar will take place on:

Member Interest Articles

Coach Approach to Leadership Program

25% Registration Discount for ASPA Members: Coach Approach to Leadership Program

In the Coach Approach to Leadership Program participants will discover coaching as a leadership tool. Receive 30 CCE hours approved by ICF, a certificate of completion and add your Leadership Coach Practitioner credentials to your CV and LinkedIn Profile to showcase your developed skils.

Participants will discover coaching to facilitate thinking, creativity, and problem solving and develop communication styles to engage, empower, and inspire action. This hands-on engaging program is designs for anyone wanting to enhance coaching, communication, feedback and change leadership skills. Participants will learn:

  • From 7 proven models and 7 scenarios to provide context to learnings
  • Relationship-building opportunities that create trust
  • Gain workplace awareness’s
  • Develop a coaching mindset through 5 principles

Dates: June 23 – 25, 2021

Delivery: Virtual

Tuition: $2,495 $1,871.25 + GST

More Information: Contact for the Promo code.


College of Arts and Science’s Dean’s Distinguished Staff Awards

Congratulation to ASPA member Shannon Boklaschuk, Communications Office, College of Arts and Science Communications Office, for being a recipient of the College of Arts & Science’s Dean’s Distinguished Staff Award. This annual award recognizes and formally acknowledges two outstanding members of the College of Arts & Science staff and the extraordinary contribution they make to the working environment.


Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA) Awards

Congratulations to Bonnie Hughes, Research Facilitator, College of Law, for receiving the 2021 Research Project Management Award for her support/facilitation of large non-research grants, such as the $1.6M grant for the ‘Sexual Harassment in the workplace’ project (a joint initiative by the College of Law, Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission, Sexual Assault Services of Saskatchewan, and Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce), and the $140,000-grant for the Nunavut Law Program (an initiative of College of Law in Nunavut).

Congratulations also to Karen E. Mosier, Research Coordinator/Navigator, Department of Surgery, College of Medicine for being recognized with the 2021 Research Management Excellence Award.  This award recognizes an exceptional research manager who has made outstanding contributions to the profession nationally and internationally through innovation, creativity, hard work and dedication. 

Did You Know?

Did You Know? – Merit 2021

Well, it is the time of year again, to talk about merit.   You may or may not know that merit changed significantly in 2021.  Here is an update of those changes:

1. Eligibility – to be eligible for merit there are two criteria that need to be met:

a. You are an ASPA member.

b. That you have been employed since November 1 of the current fiscal year.

We have seen some of the documents that the employer has sent out recently and it appears that in a few cases their documents have not been updated or the employer is adding criteria that is not referenced or inferred in the Collective Agreement.  If you have been advised that you are not eligible for Merit, we encourage you to find out the reason why and then reach out to ASPA so we may have the appropriate follow up conversations.

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Member Interest Articles

Leadership Essentials for Supervisors

25% Registration Discount for ASPA Members: The Leadership Essentials for Supervisors Program

The Leadership Essentials for Supervisors Program is newly redesigned to give a deep dive into holistic leadership skills including communication, coaching, performance management, and leading change. Participants will learn how to:

  • Allocate management versus leadership efforts
  • Create presence and purpose within workplace culture to motivate people
  • Explore emotional intelligence and resilience tools
  • Coach and give feedback while creating accountability, action, and resolving conflict.
  • Put this all together with 3 self-assessments including EI 2.0, Dare to Lead, and TK Conflict Inventory

Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate of completion that can be added to their LinkedIn Profile and CV to showcase your developed leadership skills and build a high performing team.

Dates: June 10, 17, 24, 2021

Delivery: Virtual

Tuition: $2495 $1,871.25 + GST

More Information: Check out our Website or contact to take advantage of your 25% Discount