Health Care Providers Week Celebrations 2018!

Health Care Providers Week is October 22 – 28, 2018!

The Political Action & Education Department would like to offer our members who work tirelessly in the health care sector an opportunity to celebrate Health Care Providers Week as a unit. 

We offer your unit leader the following reimbursement so that either snacks/cake can be purchased or a contest (with prizes) can be undertaken. 

The rules are:

1st submit a request to [email protected]  by Friday, November 2, 2018 with the following information:

  • SEIU-West affiliated workplace name
  • Number of SEIU-West members working in your facility
  • How you plan to celebrate Health Care Provider Week

Then we will review your request & agree to reimburse you for your purchase of goodies, draw prize or gift card based on this pre-determined scale that is reflective of the size of the unit:

  • Up to $40 for those units with up to 50 members
  • Up to $65 for those units with between 51 to 100 members
  • Up to $100 for those units with between 101 to 200 members
  • Up to $125 for those units with over 200 members

To receive the reimbursement, we must receive a member expense form (indicating Celebration of Health Care Providers week) with original receipts by November 16, 2018.  Please forward all member expense forms and original receipts to PA & E department to the attention of Shawna Colpitts ([email protected]). 

Please note that we will cover the cost of cake, snacks or prizes only as our campaign fund is limited… so union leave will not be provided.

Please forward any pictures of your group enjoying the goodies or the draw winner(s) receiving the prize or gift card to [email protected] during Health Care Provider week so we can share the on our social media pages.

Please let us know whether your unit responds favourably or not…and share details with the appropriate Internal Organizer/Union Rep so that they know when the events will be occurring in the workplaces.

Thanks for all that you do!

Education Week Celebrations 2018!

The Political Action & Education Department would like to offer our members who work tirelessly in the Education sector an opportunity to celebrate Education Week as a workplace group.

We offer your unit/school SEIU-West leaders/contacts the following reimbursement so that either snacks/cake can be purchased or a contest (with prizes) can be undertaken.

The rules are:

1st submit a request to [email protected] by Friday, October 26, 2018 with the following information:

  • SEIU-West affiliated workplace name
  • Number of SEIU-West members working in your workplace
  • How you plan to celebrate Education week

We will review your request and agree to reimburse you for your purchase of goodies, draw prize or gift card based on this pre-determined scale that is reflective of the size of the unit:

  • Up to $20 for those units with up to 20 members
  • Up to $40 for those units with over 20 members

To receive the reimbursement, we must receive a member expense form (indicating Celebration of Education week) with original receipts by November 9, 2018.  Please forward all member expense forms and original receipts to PA & E Department to the attention of Shawna Colpitts ([email protected]).

Please note that we will cover the cost of cake, snacks or prizes only as our campaign fund is limited… so union leave will not be provided.

Please forward any pictures of your group enjoying the goodies or the draw winner(s) receiving the prize or gift card to [email protected] during Education week so we can share the on our social media pages.

Please let us know whether your unit responds favourably or not…and share details with the appropriate Internal Organizer/Union Rep so that they know when the events will be occurring in your workplace.

Thanks for all that you do!

Health Care Security and Safety Week: A Member Story

October 8-14, 2018 is Health Care Security and Safety Week and in recognition, we have an incredibly moving story from one of our proud Security Officers, Teegan Hunter. The whole health care team contributed significantly throughout the Humboldt tragedy, and this member story is a glimpse to the resilience of this amazing community we call home.

We understand the importance of quality, public health care at all times but particularly during heartbreaking events, when communities need it most. We thank the whole health care team for their efforts and would especially like to extend our gratitude for the hardworking Security Officers, like Teegan, who passionately work to ensure our health care environments are safe for all. Please be sure to give your thanks to your local Security Officers this week and support them by adding your voice to ensure strong security services in our care environments. You can also enter our Health Care Security and Safety Week Contest – just email [email protected] and let us know why public Security Officers add value to your care environment. The deadline to enter is October 17, 2018 and there are many great prizes to be won!

 

Celebrate Therapy Assistants Week!

SEIU-West is excited to share in the celebration of Therapy Assistants Week from September 17-23, 2018!

In SEIU-West, the members who work as Therapy Assistants are classified as Occupational Therapy Assistants and/or Physiotherapy Assistants. Their work is invaluable to the success of improved health.

Therapy Assistants assist patients, residents, and clients (PRC’s) in their aim of increasing physical movement. By improving physical health, PRC’s are better able to expand their day-to-day activities. They also assist in the PRC’s mental state as enhanced mobility helps increase the self-confidence of those requiring care. In this sense, Therapy Assistants help rehabilitate PRCs to their fullest potential.

In recognition of Therapy Assistants Week we encourage all members of SEIU-West to complete this sentence by filling in the blank:

“Therapy Assistants are vital to the health care team because _____________.”

Get your answers in by September 23, 2018! Just email [email protected]

Celebrate Environmental Services Week!

SEIU-West is thrilled to recognize September 10-16, 2018 as Environmental Services Workers Week! Environmental Services Workers (ESW) are an essential part of the health care team.

ESW’s like Dennis, work to ensure patients, residents and clients are cared for and treated in a clean, safe environment. Check out how members like Dennis contribute to the health care team:

Dennis completed his TLR (Transferring, Lifting and Repositioning), WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System), and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) training. He has also completing specialized courses, including the training to provide cleaning services to isolated patient rooms.

Dennis cleans patient rooms, utility areas, and maintains the floors. He also manages garbage and bio-hazardous material pick-up and disposal.  He loves all parts of his job, but especially enjoys the interactions between staff and patients.

When a patient or visitor compliments Dennis on the outstanding job he’s done, or when he is being appreciated and recognized by his coworkers, Dennis knows of the important affect his work has on the health care team.

We couldn’t agree more, and we want to thank Dennis and all ESW’s who work so hard to ensure our health care environments are safe for all.

And as a special thank you, we encourage you to participate in the ESW Week Contest! Just by liking and sharing this post on Facebook, you’ll be entered to win a co-op gift card and SEIU-West swag! Deadline ends September 16! If you don’t have Facebook, just send an email to [email protected] letting her know why you appreciate ESW’s!

Donna - Unit Assistant/Clerk at Saskatoon City Hospital

“Making a difference in peoples’ lives is very important to me.”

Tracy - Food Service Worker at Humboldt District Health Complex

“The best part of my job is making patients smile.”

Jae - Medical Lab Technologist at Humboldt Hospital

“I enjoy the challenging and fast-paced environment.”

Leanne - Continuing Care Assistant at St Ann’s Nursing Home

“I enjoy making our residents feel loved and appreciated for what they have done in their lives.”

Laurie - Security Officer at RUH

"Sometimes it doesn’t take much to make a difference in someone’s life.”

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