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Join fellow HSA members to celebrate Kully Sekhon

November 1, 2010
Tomorrow night, please join fellow health science professionals in a celebration of the life of Kully Sekhon. Kully was a highly respected Victoria-area social worker who helped thousands of people during the course of her career in acute, residential, and community care. When Kullys life was cut short by cancer last fall, her colleagues came together to propose an education fund in her memory ... a fund that would offer scholarships to all professionals working with the elderly.

Community social services: support your bargaining team

October 30, 2010
The unions bargaining on behalf of 15,000 community social services workers will be meeting November 4 with the employer to begin discussions on essential services. 'Essential services' is the labour relations term to describe which services must be maintained during a strike or lockout by both employees and employers. Typically, services that are vital to protecting the health and safety of vulnerable people are considered essential. For example: some basic residential services will still be provided for the developmentally disabled.  

Send a letter to protect home and community care

October 29, 2010
BC Health Coalition Action Alert Dear Friend of Medicare, We're calling on you to join with public health care supporters in your community to demand quality and accessible health care for seniors and people with disabilities. As a part of the home and community care weeks of action this month, write a letter to your local papers and have your say.

Province's user fee plan penalizes BC patients

October 22, 2010
BC Health Coalition calls on province to reverse its directive requiring health authorities to charge fees to patients who need hospital care to recover from illness or injury The BC Health Coalition is concerned that core hospital services previously provided to patients free of charge as required by the Canada Health Act are now subject to so-called -convalescent care" fees that health authorities began to impose over the spring and summer.

Community social services: Employment security means stability and quality services for clients and families

October 21, 2010
Employment security will enhance stability and quality services for the people who need them in a time of tremendous change and government cuts. The Health Sciences Association and other unions representing more than 15,000 community social services workers have made employment security and continuity of services a centrepiece of the bargaining associations proposals at the bargaining table.  The unions' proposals on employment security include:

Bring back early intervention for autism

October 20, 2010
The Daily Courier (Kelowna)

HSA endorses letter from community living advocates

October 20, 2010
The Health Sciences Association is adding the unions voice to concerns raised by a group of concerned advocates for community living services and supports.

New poll shows strong public support for community social services

October 14, 2010
A new poll conducted for The Roundtable of Provincial Social Service Organizations confirms British Columbians support for restoring funding to community social services. According to the Angus Reid poll, 65 per cent of British Columbians surveyed agreed current funding levels are too low for community social services such as daycare; seniors care, employment services, supports to families and children, help for vulnerable populations, and adult residential care.

Autism funding changes are hurting kids

October 13, 2010
The Vancouver Courier