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John Hindle, respiratory therapist

John Hindle

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, JUNE 2017

BY LAURA BUSHEIKIN

When respiratory therapist John Hindle first got involved in HSA as a shop steward, his goal was fairly modest.

"I just wanted to help resolve some problems at my workplace," says Hindle. But once he started learning about union issues, Hindle wanted more.

A membership mosaic

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, JUNE 2017

Recognition of diversity is now essential to the health of our society and the strength of organizations.

Today, leading institutions seek to understand the unique experience of their members in order to better represent and serve them.

Supporting early childhood education

Val Avery at ECEBC

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, JUNE 2017

HSA President Val Avery was invited to speak as a special guest at the Early Childhood Educators of BC conference in May.

HSA served as a sponsor for the conference and Avery took part in a panel discussion on building professionalism.

Horgan pledges "I've got your back"

John Horgan HSA Convention

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, JUNE 2017

BC NDP Leader John Horgan pledged to fight for public servants during a speech to HSA convention delegates in May.

"The people in this room, and the people outside this room, who work every day for a living, have not had someone watching their back," said Horgan. "I will have your back, and I'll be fighting for you every step of the way."

2017 David Bland Award

David Bland Award 2017
CT TECHNOLOGIST KAREN HAMILTON AND X-RAY TECHNOLOGIST BRENDA HAUCK RECEIVE THE 2017 DAVID BLAND AWARD FROM REGION 7 DIRECTOR MARG BEDDIS.

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, JUNE 2017

Brenda Hauck, X ray technologist at Saanich Peninsula Hospital and Karen Hamilton, CT Technologist at Saanich Peninsula HospitaL, shared the 2017 David Bland Award.

HSA members eligible for NUPGE scholarship program

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, DECEMBER 2016

NUPGE scholarships are open to the children, grandchildren or foster children of HSA members who are starting a post-secondary education.

Each year, the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) offers scholarships that reflect its pursuit of equal opportunity for all workers. Historically there have been four scholarships, and for 2017, NUPGE has added the Brian Fudge Memorial Scholarship.

BRIAN FUDGE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Want to help bring change to BC?

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, DECEMBER 2016

There are a lot of good reasons to get involved in an election campaign.

Many members decide to work on an election campaign because they belong to a political party, or get inspired by the party leader. Lexie Mercier, a health information management professional at the BC Cancer Agency, had a more personal reason.

Something must be done

HSA ad

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, DECEMBER 2016

Shortages of health professionals are hurting patient care and the people who deliver it.

HSA is taking action by raising public awareness of how shortages create longer wait times, while mobilizing members to provide key information on where and how the resulting workload issues are happening.

Fabiola Toyata, physiotherapist

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, DECEMBER 2016

When physiotherapist Fabiola Toyata returned to hospital work in Prince George after a 10-year absence, she had a bit of a rude awakening.

Workload challenges, always a tough issue in healthcare, had skyrocketed in the course of a decade.

This is what needs to happen after a workplace accident

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, DECEMBER 2016

Employers in BC are legally required to investigate certain workplace incidents.

Those include events involving an injury to a worker where medical treatment was required, but also include minor injuries or near-miss events that had the potential to cause serious injury. Near-miss or close call events imply that if things had gone a little bit differently, a worker could have been seriously injured or suffered a health threatening exposure.