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The backbone of the union

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, JUNE 2015

By Val Avery, President

Once again, I am honoured to have been elected to serve as your president.

These are challenging times for people who work in health care and community social services. These are challenging times for unions. But we've proven that we can overcome these challenges – when we work together. We may represent over 100 different professions, but those differences don't divide us, they make us stronger. We are diverse, but not divided. Unique, but united.

The making of a leader

Rachel Notley

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, JUNE 2015

When Rachel Notley made history on May 5, no one was prouder than the HSA staff and members who worked with her back in the day.

Notley, who led Alberta's New Democrats from four seats to government, ending 44 years of Progressive Conservative rule, worked at HSA from 1994 to 2002, representing injured workers and helping members with occupational health and safety issues.

Growing up on the picket lines

Val Avery

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, JUNE 2015

Val Avery was re-elected president of HSA by delegates attending convention in May. In her remarks just prior to balloting, she spoke of how er roots in the labour movement fuel her determination to fight for the future of HSA members. The full text of her speech follows.

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Time for a better choice

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, JUNE 2015

BY CAROL RIVIERE

The upcoming federal election is an opportunity for all of us to take a stand on issues that matter.

Issues like child care, good jobs, retirement security, and health care matter to Canadians, and in this election voters have a chance to make a better choice.

Stasia Hasumi, crisis intervention support worker

Stasia Hasumi

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, JUNE 2015

BY LAURA BUSHEIKIN

Stasia Hasumi, a Crisis Intervention Support Worker at the Comox Valley Transition Society, has plenty of high-stress moments at work.

As a front-line worker at a 12-bed transition house for women and children, she needs to respond moment-by-moment to the needs of women facing danger, trauma and severely disrupted lives.

2015 Bland award honours sonographers

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, JUNE 2015

HSA member David Bland was a vocational counsellor who worked at Richmond Mental Health Services. At the end of an otherwise ordinary work day in January of 2005, as David left his workplace, a former client was waiting in the parking lot – and fatally stabbed David. To honour his memory, the union established the David Bland Memorial Award in 2007 to honour the important work that members undertake as advocates for their colleagues in ensuring we all work in a safe environment.

Unique but united: HSA Convention 2015

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, JUNE 2015

Acknowleding the diversity of HSA members and the issues they care about, HSA President Val Avery opened the convention with a report on how the board of directors, committees and activists must daily strive to balance demands and goals.

2020 vision

Val Avery at St Paul's Hospital

HSA REPORT, MARCH 2015

What does your union do well? what do you think HSA needs to improve? what should it look like in 2020?

Why it makes sense to vote YES

HSA Report, March 2015

The BC Federation of Labour is encouraging union members and all Metro Vancouver residents to vote yes in the upcoming spring transit referendum.