Celebrating our Members

This article appeared in the Fall 2023 edition of the Union Stand

During the Fall, we celebrate and show appreciation for a variety of professions represented by the NSGEU:

Allied Health Care Week (Nov. 1st to 8th)

Allied Healthcare Professionals are an incredibly diverse grouping of workers who play an integral role in our health care system. They are found in basically every area of acute health care: diagnostic services, laboratory services, hearing and speech, orthopaedic services, physical and mental health care services, prosthetics, anaesthetic services, paramedic, and rehabilitation services, and many other areas.

The NSGEU is proud to represent 4,558 Allied Healthcare Professionals, providing services throughout this province. To celebrate the work they do, NSGEU leadership have been touring worksites, and we have created a podcast and a video to draw attention to the importance of their work.

*NEW* Healthcare Support Services Recognition Week

This year, at the request of the NSGEU, Premier Tim Houston proclaimed the third week of October as Health Care Support Services Recognition Week, in the Province of Nova Scotia.
The proclamation reads: “Whereas Hundreds of health care support service employees work every day across our provincial hospitals and clinics performing vital roles that impact patient care and the smooth operation of our healthcare facilities; and,
Whereas These employees manage building maintenance, laundry and housekeeping services, porter services or food services; and,
Whereas These employees all deserve our public recognition and appreciation for their important impact on the health and wellbeing of Nova Scotians; and,
I, Tim Houston, Premier of Nova Scotia, do hereby declare this third week of October, Health Care Support Services Recognition Week, in the Province of Nova Scotia.”
We are proud to represent 1,881 members working in Healthcare Support Services. Union leadership celebrated this week by visiting multiple worksites throughout the province and creating a series of videos to shine a light on the critical work being done by the members in this sector:
Video #1: Interview with Luke, Power Engineer; Maxine, Supply Aide; Cindy, Utility Worker.
Video #2: Interview with Kelly, Journeyman Cook; Shehera, Ward Aide; Raymond, Housekeeping.
Video #3: Interview with Shelley, Housekeeping; Matthew, Electrician; Donna, Environmental Services;
Video #4: Interview with Shawn, Short Order Cook; Sandy, Porter; Noreen & Maia, Food & Nutrition

Continuing Care Assistant Month & Week (Oct. 9th to 16th)

October is Continuing Care Month in Nova Scotia, with CCA Week celebrated from October 9th to 16th this year.
The people who work is this sector man an incredible difference in the lives of people of all ages who need care and support in their homes and communities, and even within the acute care setting, where they work as Care Team Assistants (CTAs). These professionals all consistently go above and beyond to meet the unique needs of their clients and ensure the highest quality of care. NSGEU represents approximately 1,158 CCAs who work in home care, long term care and acute care settings throughout Nova Scotia.
To mark this month and week, President Sandra Mullen, Audrey McCabe, Local 28, Middle Musquodoboit and Madison Johnstone, Local 56, Wolfville, star in this short tribute to the amazing people who work as CCAs in Nova Scotia.

Thank you all for the important work that you do!

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