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In 2021, let's build a foundation that we can all stand on: HSA President Val Avery

A message from the President 

It’s hard to believe that 2020 is soon coming to close. It’s no secret that it’s been a challenging year. I am so proud of our members’ commitment to delivering quality public healthcare and social services in the midst of a pandemic that has taken a heavy physical and emotional toll on the communities we serve.

Mental health resources for HSA members

If you are feeling anxious, depressed, or are struggling with another mental health issue, you are not alone. The good news is there are resources available to HSA members who are looking for mental health support. The following is a list of resources that are available to you.

 Virtual mental health services through your benefits plan

December 6: Take action against gender-based violence

On Dec. 6, 1989, 14 women were murdered in an act of misogynist violence at École Polytechnique in Montréal. It was perpetrated by a man claiming to be “fighting feminism,” who first opened fire on women in a mechanical engineering class. Women were targeted because of their gender, and 13 students and one administrator were killed.

HSA welcomes report, commits to address systemic racism in health care

HSA welcomes today’s release of In Plain Sight, the report by Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond addressing Indigenous-specific racism and discrimination in BC’s health care system.

The report includes 24 recommendations for action, all focused on addressing the unacceptable experience of Indigenous people in the province’s health care system, as described in the report: 

New province-wide policy provides greater protection for health care workers

The Ministry of Health has released an updated policy concerning the wearing of masks by workers, patients, and visitors in all health care facilities, programs, and services. The policy applies to all facilities and settings where health care services are provided, including outpatient clinics, as well as long term care and seniors assisted living facilities.
 
HSA members began to raise concerns as soon as the COVID pandemic emerged early this year.
 

Municipal Pension Plan Changes – New Resources for Plan Members

Following a comprehensive review of the Municipal Pension Plan, the pension plan for most HSA members, the Plan Partners – which includes employee and employer representatives who govern the jointly trusteed pension plan – have developed a package of proposed changes to update the plan.

Solidarity with AUPE

In Alberta, front-line hospital workers who are members of the Alberta Union of Public Employees (AUPE) walked off the job earlier this week in response to news that Alberta Health Services would be cutting 11,000 jobs. HSA has sent a letter of solidarity to AUPE expressing our support for their fight against government cuts and health care privatization. The text of the letter follows:

Dear AUPE President Guy Smith

Invitation: Indigenous Workers Gathering

The BC Federation of Labour is hosting their first Indigenous Workers Gathering
 
This full day Gathering is open only to those who identify as Indigenous, and will feature deep connection, reconciliation planning, and goal setting. It will be facilitated by renowned Indigenous Planning Expert Elaine Alec.
 

WHEN:   Wednesday, October 28 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm - and - from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm