KUDOS to Local 66

With all of the negativity in the world (and workplaces) right now, one NSGEU local has launched a new initiative to highlight the positive.

Local 66, Regional Residential Services Society, is a not-for-profit organization that provides person-directed support for adults with intellectual disabilities across 53 locations throughout the Halifax Regional Municipality.

This fall, their Local executive launched the “Kudos Program,” which is all about acknowledging each other and the positive things that we do that go above and beyond. The hope is that this will create a more positive mindset and work environment, improve staff morale and result in a greater sense of community amongst all staff. Let’s look for the positive in each other, instead of the negative!”

Through the Local’s Facebook group, they’ve asked members to submit a story, video, song or other creative performance that highlights a teammate they wish to nominate who has done something positive or impactful that has added value to the home they work in, the lives of the people they support, or their team.

Submissions are due by the 15th of each month, and at the end of each month, a “winner” will be randomly drawn to receive a $25 gift card of their choosing (which is purchased through the Local’s social fund.) The winning nominations are then posted (with permission) on the Local 66 Facebook group. Allison, Secretary for Local 66, has also created and maintained a KUDOS book, which has all the nominations in it for anyone to read at any Local meeting.
Great job to the Executive of Local 66 for coming up with such a creative way to promote your fellow members!

“I am sending my recommendation to nominate Andreína Márquez de la Plata from Ravenrock Andie is always just a ray of sunshine no matter what the day brings! She is always filling the house with laughter and entertaining everyone with her comical stories. She makes every shift fun for both staff and residents.”
Andie was nominated by Lori-Anne Coffin and received a $25 gift card for Sobeys from the local.

“I would like to nominate Hannah Hutchinson for this month’s kudos! I previously worked with Hannah at one of the Friesians, and I very much miss working together now.
Hannah is extremely caring and thoughtful towards the residents she supports. She also isn’t afraid to share her opinion, but always does so in a respectful and productive way. While we were working together, I always knew I could depend on Hannah for a good laugh or support on a hard day. I’d also like to mention, Hannah makes a mean bannock bread!
Hannah is studying to be a social worker at the moment. Based off her strong concern of the social welfare for the residents she supports, it’s evident she’ll make a truly tremendous social worker one day too.
Thanks Hannah for all you do in and outside of work! Here’s a kudos for you”

*This article appeared in the fall 2022 edition of the Union Stand

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