Membership Engagement

The Membership Engagement Committee is responsible for planning social events, coordinating community service initiatives, and obtaining perks for our membership. We aim to provide services and/or events to facilitate membership engagement and retention.

Chair: Laura Densmore
Vice-Chair: Lisa Dale


This committee negotiates with the University on salary, benefits, and conditions of work as they are related to remuneration for all PMA-eligible personnel. They conduct surveys to identify areas of consideration most important to the membership.

Chair: Jess Bechard
Vice-Chair: Lisa Metselaar

Personnel Policies

The Personnel Policies Committee (PPC) is a standing committee that works with the PMA Executive to develop and negotiate new personnel policies and changes to existing policies. Committee members will work with the Chair and Vice-Chair of the PPC and members of Western’s Human Resources team to establish these policies.

Chair: Tamarra Williams
Vice-Chair: Gayle Finlay

Professional Development

The Professional Development Committee is responsible for overseeing learning and development relevant to the PMA membership. This includes organizing programming through workshops, events, and speakers in topics impacting PMA members. Our goal is to provide members with learning opportunities, and offer sessions that meet their needs and interests.

Chair: Lesley Oliver
Vice-Chair: Deborah Coward

Racial Equity and Belonging

The Racial Equity and Belonging Committee aims to create a safer space for self-identifying Black, Indigenous and Racialized PMA-eligible employees to gather, connect, network and provide targeted PD opportunities. This includes: hosting monthly network meetings (open to Black, Indigenous and Racialized PMA-eligible employees) to build community and foster a sense of belonging; creating an open environment to discuss issues related to racial inequality and injustice; identifying and sharing useful resources and tools, supporting professional development and career advancement of Black, Indigenous and Racialized members; advocating for effective change to make PMA and Western an inclusive community; encouraging Black, Indigenous and Racialized PMA-eligible member to become active PMA members. The Racial Equity and Belonging Committee collaborates with other PMA committees to co-host events that are open to all PMA members.

Chair: Ashley Kewayosh Samuel
Vice-Chair: Ana Boller Krausz

Support and Equity

The Support and Equity Committee provides a confidential system of peer assistance for PMA members who need advice, information, and support to resolve work related issues. They develop and promote healthy practices for employees and communicate policies to the appropriate University teams, including HR, Equity and Human Rights, Employee and Family Assistance Program, Workplace Health, Rehabilitation Services, and Wellness Education Centre.

Chair: Whitney Barrett
Vice-Chair: Jess Bechard

To book an appointment with the PMA Support Services please contact the office at

PMA Representatives on Western Task Groups and Committees

If you would like to volunteer for a PMA committee, or represent the PMA on a Western Task Group or Ad Hoc committee, please email us at

Employee Assistance ProgramRachel SandiesonThe Book Store at Western
Laboratory Safety CommitteeBrad ShrumSchulich School of Medicine and Dentistry
Occupational Health and Safety CommitteeGurpreet DhamiBiology
 Lesley OliverOffice of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion 
Parking AppealsShannon HunterAcademic Support and Engagement
President’s Committee on the Safety of Women on CampusJennifer DevlinSchulich School of Medicine and Dentistry
Pride CommitteeVacant