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Safety concerns in your workplace? See your Safety Steward!

The Report: October 2000 vol.21 num.5

by RACHEL NOTLEY

HSAs hard-working safety stewards have a tough job: working to ensure that their fellow members enjoy a safe, healthy workplace. Please see your safety steward if you have occupational health and safety concerns at your worksite.

HSA calls for improved recruitment and retention strategies

The Report: October 2000 vol.21 num.5

by YUKIE KURAHASHI

If you need a cardiac ultrasound in Prince George, you can expect to wait three months. If you need one in Comox, youll be waiting four months. If you need one in Campbell River or Powell River, youre out of luck- unless youre able to travel to Comox, and join the four-month waiting list. Its hard to imagine waiting that long for a procedure to help diagnose what may be a serious illness.

Raising awareness for fetal alcohol syndrome

The Report: August / September 2000 vol.21 num.4

by DAN KEETON

You might say that Karin Cleven takes her work home with her. After a busy day as a supervisor at SHARE Family & Community Services Society, Cleven plows her energies into securing permanent funding for individuals with fetal alcohol syndrome and their families. Clevens experience in counselling sparked her activism and her passion for helping those affected by FAS.

HSA's support making a difference in El Salvador

The Report: August / September 2000 vol.21 num.4

by DAN KEETON

When Anabel Salazar toured several clinics around northern Vancouver Island and Victoria recently, she was awed by the level of health care services enjoyed by Canadians.

But for the Salvadoran activist, the most memorable experience she will take back to her Central American homeland is "the very friendly people I met."

Health professional shortage demands immediate action

The Report: August / September 2000 vol.21 num.4

by CINDY STEWART

The shortage of health professionals has reached a crisis point in many BC communities. This problem was recently highlighted in Prince Goerge where physicians and specialists have sounded the alarm about shortages in their field. However, as HSA members know, the problems are beyond the narrow perspective of any one professional discipline.

Keeping HSA on track, up and running

The Report: August / September 2000 vol.21 num.4

by YUKIE KURAHASHI

Administrative Secretaries
Without the Administrative Secretaries, the HSA office would likely grind to a halt. Their daily efforts facilitate the work of the labour relations staff, and HSA members enjoy the result: consistent, quality service.

Members win fight to keep services for youth at risk

The Report: August / September 2000 vol.21 num.4

by YUKIE KURAHASHI

When the Salvation Army decided to close Wiseman House last fall, HSA members acted quickly to secure assurances that the program would stay open until the spring. Labour Relations Officer Josef Rieder said this allowed the program to continue for a while, and also allowed our members to explore their options where appropriate.

Recreation therapist rides for lung research

The Report: August / September 2000 vol.21 num.4

by YUKIE KURAHASHI

How far would you go to help cure lung diseases? How about 5000 kilometres, across North America? On a bike?

Thats what Recreation Therapist Cindy Bouvet is doing right now, as this magazine goes to press. She is taking part in The Big Ride Across America, joining a group of 250 cyclists from across Canada and the US, who are raising awareness and funds for lung health across North America.

Therapy professionals: sorely needed and irreplaceable

The Report: August / September 2000 vol.21 num.4

by YUKIE KURAHASHI

Its time that health professionals in therapy, counselling, and rehabilitation receive recognition for the skills, training and expertise that they bring to their jobs. This expertise can often makes a real difference with respect to health outcomes and a patients quality of life. Thats the message HSA is sending out as part of an awareness campaign on therapy and rehabilitation services.