Stories from the Front Line: Sayful

Sayful is a member of SEIU-West, and a founding member of the Multicultural Mentorship Committee (MMC) of the local. MMC works and advocates for all different ethnic backgrounds of members who work within Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) and other employers affiliated with SEIU- West.

Linen Worker Appreciation  Week 2021 Nathan

Nathan works at Canadian Linen in Regina where Nathan lifts over 10,000 pounds a day!

Administrative Professionals Day 2021: Mary

Mary has been a dedicated health care employee for the past 30 years. She works at three urban hospitals in Patient Registration. While it may seem like Mary has 18 arms, she assures me she only has two.

Medical Laboratory Week 2021: Sonora

Sonora works in a rural hospital in Saskatchewan as a Combined Lab & X-Ray Tech (CLXT). She provides both x-rays and lab testing services.

Medical Laboratory  Week 2021: Shannon

Shannon worked in an Acute Care Lab Facility doing Microbiology Bacteria/Seriology until this week.

Medical Laboratory | Week 2021: Anita

Anita is a Senior Medical Lab Assistant (MLA) and has been for the past 15 years. She works in an urban acute care facility.

Medical Laboratory Week 2021: Carla

SEIU-West member Carla works in an urban hospital as a Medical Lab Tech (MLT), specifically in hematology. She manages coagulation therapy and analyzes blood counts for patients with leukemia, gastrointestinal bleeds, heart attacks, and monitors patients during surgeries.

Carla's life and job were busy before COVID-19 hit and both have just gotten busier over the past year. Rural hospitals from across the province send in COVID samples to be processed and analyzed. The pressure of knowing someone is waiting on results as the samples stack up has been draining. Her team is doing their best in these circumstances, but the daily worry of whether they themselves catch COVID, or bring it home to their loved ones only adds anxiety to an already stressed work environment. Like so many health care workers, MLTs patiently await their vaccine and hope the virus numbers go down soon. She’s watched her coworkers exit the system over the past year, likely in part to the anxiety of COVID and the stress it’s added to the field.

One of Carla’s favorite memories this winter was when she left work after a night shift knowing that there were COVID samples that had yet to be processed and when she returned the next day they were caught up. It took a snow storm to assist in getting through the backlog.

Carla would love to send a message to thank everyone that has assisted us to limit transmission by using masks and sanitizer, and limiting themselves to essential travel and needs.

We are proud to send a message back to everyone on Carla’s team during National Medical Laboratory Week thanking all who work in our provincial lab services for their incredible dedication and work to help diagnose and protect everyone across the province. 

Stories From the Frontline - Crystal

Tucked away in the kitchen of the Last Mountain Pioneer Home in Strasbourg, Saskatchewan, you'll find Crystal.

As a Dietary Aid, Crystal spends her shift doing food preparation for the home's cook.

She lays out the dining settings for her residents and then serves them their delicious, home-cooked meals.

It's an aspect of the job she loves the most.

After everybody has enjoyed their meal, Crystal heads back to wash and sanitize the dishes.

Then the process begins all over again, to get ready for the next meal.

As Dietary Aid, Crystal has completed the Food Safe Course.

Her training in Transfers, Lifts & Repositioning (TLR) and Gentle Persuasive Approach (GPA) helps her deliver resident-centered, compassionate care.

Thank you for everything you do Crystal!

National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW): 2020

National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW) is from November 22 to 28, and this year is a particularly important year to recognize how much addictions affect our communities – as the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and Addiction shared, people who use substances report a loss of social connection and supports and an increase in isolation, fear and anxiety due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

That’s why the SEIU-West members who work in addiction services are so vital to the wellbeing of our communities because treatment centres and programs are essential for recovery and support. Members who work at Métis Addictions Council of Saskatchewan Inc. (MACSI), the Saskatchewan Impaired Driver Treatment Centre or within the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) are crucial to improving the wellbeing of those suffering through addictions.

We want to thank all our SEIU-West members who work with those suffering with addictions, and we extend our admiration for those battling with addictions – we know how stigma and lack of access to support systems can create huge barriers for recovery, and we hope our Saskatchewan Government will take steps to address this growing crisis. 





Education Week: 2020

Education Week: 2020

From November 22-28, SEIU-West is proud to recognize and celebrate Education Week!

SEIU-West is pleased to acknowledge the work that Education Assistants, Library Technicians, Custodians, Tradespeople, Food Service Workers, Administrative Assistants, and School Bus Drivers do to prepare students for tomorrow. The SEIU-West education team ensure our children experience quality education by:

  • Assisting teachers to provide tailor-made education for students;
  • Ensuring school offices and administrative details run smoothly;
  • Providing healthy meals to keep young minds strong;
  • Driving and maintaining the buses so our children make it home safely; and
  • Creating safe schools and grounds for students to enjoy.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, Education Workers are going above and beyond to ensure the safety of students. We know you’re working hard, and are often faced with inadequate plans from our government – as with all front line workers during COVID-19, you should have a wage supplement to demonstrate the value you bring to our communities during these trying times. We continue to work on this front and hope you will connect with your newly elected MLA on this issue as well.

In recognition of our Education team, we encourage you to participate in the Education Week Contest!

Let us know about an Education Worker (must be a SEIU-West member) who goes above and beyond in their work – you and your nominee could win a gift card or SEIU-West swag!

Enter the contest by November 29, 2020 to [email protected] for your chance to win!


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