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Honouring Christine Ambrose, an OH&S Champion

Every year, the HSA Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Committee awards the David Bland Award to an HSA member who has demonstrated leadership to improve occupational health and safety at their worksite and beyond.

The award was established in 2007 and honours the memory of David Bland, a vocational counsellor and HSA member from Richmond Mental Health who was killed at work by a former client. His death is an important reminder to take action to prevent workplace violence. 

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

President's Message: Vote for public services and an inclusive economy

By HSA President Val Avery

Voting in our Provincial Election will take place this Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. This is one year before our next fixed-date election, which would have been on Oct. 16, 2021. The reality is that – early election call or not -- this provincial election was always going to be held during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How unionizing transformed our workplace

By Zayn Wiwchar, HSA member
In February and July of 2020, the Victoria branch staff of the Canadian Mental Health Association joined HSA and entered the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) and the Community Bargaining Association (CBA) —a decision that has given me the opportunity to be a part of incredible changes in our office over the past year.

Practicing anti-racism as a health science professional

By Easter Tocol, HSA member 

“Where are you from?  No, where are you really from?”   

“I’m not a racist, I have so many friends of colour.”   

“Well, shouldn’t all lives matter?”   

These are just some of the racist microagressions that I hear every day in the workplace.  

The choice between joblessness and risky work

By Jill Slind, Co-chair of the HSA Young Workers' Advisory Group

As a full-time permanent employee with a few years of seniority under my belt in my unionized position in HSA, I knew when going into BC’s Phase One in March that my job in the healthcare sector wasn’t likely on the line.

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