Joey Hansen
Executive Director

604 822 8230

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 returns 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. Joey is glad to be leaving the snowy East Coast behind and returning to his hometown.

Committees: Advocacy, Bargaining, Disability Benefits Plan, Communications, Finance


Sharon Cory  CHRP
Member Services Officer, Advocacy

604 827 3516

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.

Committees: Advocacy, Disability Benefits Plan, EFAP, Return to Work


Ashkon Hashemi MA
Member Services Officer, Advocacy

604 822 8972

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.

Committees: Advocacy


Sarah Muff BMA, MBA
Member Services Officer,
Communications & Professional Development
604 822 1935

Sarah oversees the communications, member engagement, and professional development 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 initiatives. Major projects include the 2014 Engagement Survey, Senior Leadership Series, and the AAPS brand renewal. Sarah is passionate about finding creative ways for members to build their professional community and their professional skills. 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 HRMA, 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 photographs, watching movies, trail running, and surfing (even in the chilly Pacific).

Committees: Communications, Member Engagement, Professional Development


Petra Ormsby
Office Manager
604 822 9025

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.

Committees: Finance Committee