Candace works both in the mental health sector and within the community as a Continuing Care Assistant (CCA) for the past 22 years.
Working through the pandemic, she had responsibility put upon her without compensation and lived with constantly changing protocols, procedures and work standards.
In her job in mental health, Candace works on suicide watch. She finds the conversations challenging and rewarding but feels drained at the end of a 12-hour shift. In the community, she does medication assistance, bathing, morning care, bedtime care, vitals, turning and repositioning.
Nothing has changed at Candace's worksites with the relaxing of the public health restrictions. SHA employees still need to do everything the same, the only difference is they now have to try to convince the public to follow the regulations when they don't have to follow them outside the facility.
Working through the pandemic has been challenging. At the beginning, it was scary but now Candace is just burnt out, over it and ready to move forward.
Regarding our new campaign, “Hey Moe: Respect Us, Protect Us, Pay us,” she would like to invite our Premier to walk a day in her shoes and then look her in the face and tell her she and everyone like her across Saskatchewan are not worth more.