Joey Hansen
Executive Director

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Joey Hansen is a seasoned negotiator, accomplished labour relations specialist, and skilled government relations professional. He has extensive senior leadership experience in the higher education sector in both Canada and the United States.

Joey returned to Vancouver to take up the role at AAPS after serving as the Director of Higher Education at the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA). There he oversaw the Higher Education Division, which represents 20,000 university and college employees including professional staff, faculty, and administrators. While with MTA, Joey spearheaded significant improvements to employee’s pension options and equalized the health care benefits for employee groups.

Joey also served as President of CUPE 2396 in British Columbia. He studied at the Florida Coastal School of Law and holds a Bachelor of Arts, Sociology and Anthropology from Simon Fraser University. 

Leanne Anderson
Member Services Officer, Advocacy

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Leanne has served in a number of different leadership capacities, including President and Bargaining Committee Chair for CUPE Local 15 which represents 8,000 members including City of Vancouver staff, Emily Carr University staff, and Langara College staff. She has also focused her work on equity and diversity issues in the workplace including serving on the CUPE National Aboriginal Council. Her mother is from the Sts’ailes a sovereign Coast Salish First Nation.Leanne Anderson has worked in many different facets of the labour movement. She spent 20 years as a Steward supporting, advising, and representing members on workplace issues.

Leanne has two children and another who is four-legged named Chewie. You can often find Leanne on the Union Made Radio show on Vancouver Coop Radio 100.5FM on Wednesday nights from 8 pm to 9 pm.

Sharon Cory  CHRP
Member Services Officer, Advocacy

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Sharon Cory became a Member Services Officer in  2005. Sharon focuses much of her attention on advocacy and grievance issues and collective bargaining.

Sharon previously worked at the WCB, where she was a Senior HR Advisor for over 10 years. She also has prior HR experience in municipalities and health care and started her career in an administrative capacity at SFU.

Sharon is a Certified Human Resources Professional and member of the BC Human Resources Management Association.

Ashkon Hashemi MA
Member Services Officer, Advocacy

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Ashkon has over 20 years of advocacy and labour relations experience in the post-secondary education sector. He is dedicated to ensuring that members are treated fairly and respectfully in their employment relationship with UBC. He is a seasoned negotiator with a proven track record of building relationships and resolving challenging situations diplomatically.

With experience in member engagement and organizational decision-making, Ashkon is enthusiastic to help members understand their Collective Agreement and make strategic decisions regarding their employment. He is thoughtful and detail oriented in his analysis and advice.

Ashkon is also an experienced parliamentarian, and is often called on to chair meetings, review governance structures, and advise boards on procedural changes. A UBC Alumnus, Ashkon is glad to be back on the west coast, enjoying all the cycling challenges it has to offer.

Heidi Taylor
Member Services Associate

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Heidi is the our Member Services Associate at AAPS. They are usually the first friendly voice you’ll speak to when phoning or emailing the office. Heidi’s role is wide-ranging. They manage member and advocacy queries, oversees the member database, and also works on events. Heidi has a combined background in database management, governance, NGOs, and first response. We are delighted to have both their technical and community-minded expertise as part of the AAPS team In their time away from work Heidi enjoys camping and organizing festivals around the West Coast.


Sarah Muff BMA, MBA
Member Services Officer,
Communications & Professional Development

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Sarah oversees the professional development, member engagement, communications portfolios for AAPS. Working with the Advisory Committees and under the strategic guidance of Board of Directors, she develops and manages AAPS' PD and engagement programs, as well as member communications and community relations initiatives. Sarah is passionate about finding creative ways for members to build their professional skills, their professional community and connect with their professional association . She enjoys talking to and learning from members at all locations. She is committed to ensuring members have the information and resources they need for a positive workplace experience.

Sarah holds a MBA from Simon Fraser University and a BMA from Emily Carr University. She is a member of the BC Organizational Development Network, and the Canadian Labour Media Association. Sarah is an Advisory Board Member, Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, and sits on the Steering Committee for the UBC Event Professionals Network. She enjoys making art, watching movies, trail running, and surfing (even in the chilly Pacific).


Petra Ormsby
Office Manager

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Petra is AAPS’ Office Manager and has been with the organization since 2001. Members have come to know Petra’s friendly voice on the phone and her warmth when they step into the office.

Her expertise in client services helps members get their queries answered promptly, and she sees that office operations and information systems run smoothly. Petra administers the financial side of AAPS, including budget and audit preparations. Petra supports the Board and Executive Director with administrative assistance and takes care of the logistics for member and governance meetings.

Petra is dedicated to ensuring members have a positive experience whether they are stepping into the office, a meeting, or contacting AAPS for the first time. She holds a Diploma in Business Management Administration and has substantial experience in the field of accounting. Petra relishes spending time with family and friends. She enjoys camping, movies, and volunteering in her community.