Oct 27th is World Occupational Therapy Day!

OPSEU local 101 is proud to celebrate Occupational Therapy Day and our team of dedicated Occupational Therapists.

World OT Day 2020

Occupational therapists, often called OTs, are the primary providers of occupational therapy services. OTs are:
  • university educated professionals that apply their specialized knowledge and skills to recommend a course of preventive or corrective action that will help people lead more productive and satisfying lives,
  • trained to understand not only the medical and physical limitations of a disability or injury, but also the psychosocial factors that affect the functioning of the whole person – their health and their wellness, and 
  • a regulated medical profession; occupational therapists must be registered with their provincial regulator in order to practice legally in Canada.

 
Occupational therapists work in a variety of settings including: home and community, institutions (including hospitals), industry, business and government.  

Watch the video below to learn more about OTs and the valuable work they do 🙂

 

Oct 25 – 31 is Respiratory Therapy Week

OPSEU local 101 is proud to celebrate Respiratory Therapy Week and our team of dedicated Respiratory Therapists.

Working across Canada’s healthcare system, respiratory therapists provide essential care to patients of all ages. They are highly trained health professionals dedicated to providing the best possible cardio-respiratory care by staying at the forefront of all available research and technology.  They use their expertise in the assessment and management of respiratory diseases, in patient and family education, and in the resuscitation and stabilization of critically ill or injured patients. Respiratory therapists work in hospitals, in clinics and in the community to help members of your community breathe easier.

This year, more than ever, our health care system is relying on respiratory therapists. As frontline workers, they have been tirelessly providing care to those infected by COVID-19. The nature of their role and the care they provide requires them to be work alongside critically ill patients, often performing life sustaining procedures at the patient’s head – the most infectious region for providing patient care during a respiratory pandemic.

Respiratory therapists have also played important roles behind the front lines of the pandemic. They have been instrumental in preparing at every level: advising government, mobilizing supplies, designing pandemic ventilators and adjusting protocols to best function under the parameters of this new, highly contagious infection. And, they have continued to provide essential care to a wide range of patients across our health care system who have not been afflicted by COVID-19.

https://www.csrt.com/rt-week/

#RTWeek2020

Learn more about the Respiratory Therapist profession!

Oct 18-24 is Spiritual and Religious Care Awareness Week

OPSEU local 101 is proud to celebrate Spiritual and Religious Care Awareness Week and our team of dedicated Chaplains.

Spiritual and religious care is about listening, clarifying and offering spiritual direction to those in need. When one is scared, lonely, confused, angry or disillusioned, spiritual and religious care providers offer counsel and support.

Across Canada thousands of dedicated spiritual and religious care providers of all faiths work in specialized settings such as hospitals, long term care facilities, correctional facilities, mental health centres, and facilities for people with developmental disabilities. OPSEU Local 101 celebrates Chaplains and the important role these fellow union members play in our hospital.

 

Check out this video to learn more about the Chaplain profession:

 

Labour Day Draw Winners for 2020!

Happy Labour Day to all OPSEU Local 101 members!

 

A randomized draw was held to select the winners of a gift card. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners! Pick up times for the gift cards at all campuses will be announced in the next couple weeks…stay tuned.

To learn more about why Canadians celebrate Labour Day, watch this short video 🙂

 

LAST Name FIRST Name
Abdoulrahmanpour Shamim
Anstett Kathy
Arrieta Fernando
Austin Tera
Balcomb Daniel
Bencak Nancy
Bender Mary Ann
Berger Jamie
Bergeron Nicole
Blazek Veronica
Bondy Kristal
Boyce Scott
Boyce Catherine Anne
Bradford Cheri
Brewer Sean
Brown Brandon
Cameron Amanda
Carr Alyssa
Cercone Kayla
Cerovec Kaitlyn
Chea Mary
Chittle Elizabeth
Cusinato Robert P
Danelon Justin
Deklaj Rowena
Deluca-Guarnaccia Sara
Dicarlo Vincent
Ditouras Joanna
Dodge Kelly-Ann
Dumo Peter
Dunmore Lorraine
Dutot Todd
Embree Megan
Fazekas Effie
Fettes Marla
Forfitt Jennifer
Fraser Kelly
Fung Jackie
Galvan Nancy
Gamble Joanne
Garrod Matthew
Gemmell Amanda
Gomes Jena A
Gutoskie Byron
Hamel Sandra
Hettrick Melissa
Hooper David
Huczel Ann Marie
Jaber Sierra
Jones Laurie
King Bethany
Kujundzic Maja
Lachance Brenna
Laframboise Lisa
Lan-Hing-Ming Dorothy
Larsen Heidi Marie
Laurie Emmanuela
Leblanc Margaret
Ledoux Mike J
Lee Shirley
Lenover Mairi
Little Melissa
Lopes Michael
Magic Mary
Mariani Nicholas
Matharu Manmander
McCarton Claudia
McNamara Laura
Meseck Paulette M
Najor Marie
Nicholls Darlene
Nicholson Katherine
Nolan Donna J
Nugent Jennifer
Ouellette Harold A
Owchar Kevin
Pelle Kristina
Perrone Mira
Pollard Lana K
Purton Sean
Rauth Julie
Rayes Sabine
Remington Lisa
Renaud Laura
Reshwen Lisa
Robinson Stephanie M
Sanford Jennifer
Sassine Danielle
Senay Brett
Shanahan Katelyn
Sobhi Alexander
Spadafora Vesna
Strong Kelly
Ta Anh
Tazzman Donald
Tullio Jessica
Walsh Nicole
Williams Shawna
Woolson Courtney
Zagar Joseph
Zanetti Amy

OPSEU presents Donations to 5 local organizations

 

OPSEU local 101’s Donation Committee was

pleased to recently present $1000 to each of

these five deserving local charities!

 

House of Sophrosyne

 

Autism Services Inc. 

 

Launch Pad Recovery Center

 

Alzheimer Society

 

Street Help Homeless Centre 

OPSEU Local 101 Scholarship Recipients

OPSEU Local 101 is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 scholarships:

 

Alaina Hannagan

Andrew Hebert

Audrey Mackay-Barr

Daniel Gidillini

Emma Nicholls

Hanna Jaglarz

Jonathan Grebe

Mathieu April

Sevana Rennert

Shaily Brahmbhatt

 

Congratulations!

 

The 2020 scholarship applicants were outstanding! This year we had 21 applicants. They all demonstrated a strong work ethic, community involvement, high level of achievement as well as exhibited commitment and determination towards their career goals. The application review process proved to be very difficult and after much deliberation the ten (10) recipients were selected.  We would like to recognize all the applicants at this time and wish everyone the best of luck in their upcoming academic year. We encourage applicants that may have not been chosen this year to reapply in the future. Only the selected recipients will be contacted.

-OPSEU Local 101 Scholarship Committee

Photos from Team HDGH Stand Strong June 11, 2020

Media coverage: Windsor Star video post

 

           

June 8th-12th letter writing campaign

***June 11th update on letter writing

For all of those members sending letters to Premier Ford, Christine Elliott and Peter Bethlanfalvy:

There was some confusion about the envelopes. I was unfortunately NOT supplied with envelopes or postage. The intent was to suggest to send in coloured envelopes to grab the attention of the recipients. Any bright colour will do. I have actually used some left over Greeting Card envelopes for mine.  Thank you for participating in the continued attempt to lobby for Pandemic Pay on behalf of ALL Frontline Staff.

Stay safe and take care.

Susan


 

Join us this week June 8 – 12  and send a letter to Premier Doug Ford, Health Minister Christine Elliott and Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy. Tell them that they must change course on their decision about who receives and subsequently in our case doesn’t receive pandemic pay. They must remember about allied health professionals, the forgotten frontline.

 

Write your own personal message or feel free to use a pre-written letter below and if you’d like, speak with Susan, OPSEU local 101 president about getting a special coloured envelope to mail each of them. We need to continue to demand that they include all healthcare workers in the pandemic pay premiums.


Ontario Premier’s Office

Legislative Building, Queens Park,

Toronto, ON

M7A 1A1

Dear Premier Ford,

Since first announcing pandemic pay for frontline health care professionals in late April, you have more than once stated your willingness to look into increasing the professions that will receive it and this is why I’m writing you today.

As a ___________________ at _______________________ I am a forgotten frontline health worker. Three months have passed with thousands of essential and hard-working allied health professionals, like myself, performing heroically over incredibly long hours, exhausted, risking my life, worrying about PPE, and still looking in from the outside. We need you to come through on your promise to provide us with the recognition we all deserve.

Myself and my colleagues face incredible division in our workplace. All of us provide direct patient care and are working alongside colleagues with similar risks who are deemed eligible for the premium. In fact, approximately one-third of the hospital workforce is excluded, the majority of whom are regulated health professionals that provide direct patient care. This situation undermines the morale of frontline staff in hospitals. There should be clear recognition that the response to the pandemic is a collective effort.

Providing all frontline healthcare workers with an increased level of financial security during what is nothing short of a very insecure time, will not only help morale, but increase the health of those who need focused and valued caretakers the most.

We look forward to you continuing to show the leadership Ontarians need during this incredibly stressful and dangerous time.

Sincerely,

Name:

Position:

Hospital:


Hon. Christine Elliott, Minister of Health   

Ministry of Health

5th Floor

777 Bay St.

Toronto, ON M7A 2J3

Dear Hon. Christine Elliott,

Since first announcing pandemic pay for frontline health care professionals in late April, you have more than once stated your willingness to look into increasing the professions that will receive it and this is why I’m writing you today.

As a ___________________ at _______________________ I am a forgotten frontline health worker. Three months have passed with thousands of essential and hard-working allied health professionals, like myself, performing heroically over incredibly long hours, exhausted, risking my life, worrying about PPE, and still looking in from the outside. We need you to come through on your promise to provide us with the recognition we all deserve.

Myself and my colleagues face incredible division in our workplace. All of us provide direct patient care and are working alongside colleagues with similar risks who are deemed eligible for the premium. In fact, approximately one-third of the hospital workforce is excluded, the majority of whom are regulated health professionals that provide direct patient care. This situation undermines the morale of frontline staff in hospitals. There should be clear recognition that the response to the pandemic is a collective effort.

Providing all frontline healthcare workers with an increased level of financial security during what is nothing short of a very insecure time, will not only help morale, but increase the health of those who need focused and valued caretakers the most.

We look forward to you continuing to show the leadership Ontarians need during this incredibly stressful and dangerous time.

Sincerely,

Name:

Position:

Hospital:


Hon. Peter Bethlenfalvy

President of the Treasury Board

Treasury Board Secretariat
Whitney Block
99 Wellesley St. W, 4th Floor

Room 4320

Toronto, ON

M7A 1W3

Dear Hon. Peter Bethlenfalvy,

Since first announcing pandemic pay for frontline health care professionals in late April, your government has more than once stated your willingness to look into increasing the professions that will receive it and this is why I’m writing you today.

As a ___________________ at _______________________ I am a forgotten frontline health worker. Three months have passed with thousands of essential and hard-working allied health professionals, like myself, performing heroically over incredibly long hours, exhausted, risking my life, worrying about PPE, and still looking in from the outside. We need you to come through on your promise to provide us with the recognition we all deserve.

Myself and my colleagues face incredible division in our workplace. All of us provide direct patient care and are working alongside colleagues with similar risks who are deemed eligible for the premium. In fact, approximately one-third of the hospital workforce is excluded, the majority of whom are regulated health professionals that provide direct patient care. This situation undermines the morale of frontline staff in hospitals. There should be clear recognition that the response to the pandemic is a collective effort.

Providing all frontline healthcare workers with an increased level of financial security during what is nothing short of a very insecure time, will not only help morale, but increase the health of those who need focused and valued caretakers the most.

We look forward to you continuing to show the leadership Ontarians need during this incredibly stressful and dangerous time.

Sincerely,

Name:

Position:

Hospital:

Twitter Storm – June 10, 2020, 11am-2pm

Join us Wednesday, June 10th from 11am to 2pm for a Twitter Storm!

Let’s storm the leaders of this provincial government with as many tweets as possible demanding they include all frontline healthcare workers in the pandemic pay premiums. Even if your profession is now included in the list of essential workers, stand beside your colleagues and advocate for all to be included. Together we stand strong!

  • Login to your Twitter account/create an account in Twitter if you don’t already have one
  • Create your own tweets or if you’re not sure what to tweet, just check out OPSEU’s main Twitter page (@OPSEU) and OPSEU 101’s Twitter page (@OPSEULocal101). You can retweet some of the pandemic pay tweets that will be posted before and during the event.
  • Be sure to tag Doug Ford @fordnation, Christine Elliott @celliottability, and Peter Bethlenfalvy @PBethlenfalvy and add the hashtag #pandemicpay
  • Tweet multiple times between 11am and 2pm so that their feeds and notifications get inundated with our message.

As always, we thank you for all your support, hard work and dedication during these trying times. Remember we are in this together.

Stand Strong Team HDGH

Come out Thursday, June 11th at noon to join Team HDGH as they march together with labour partners and stand strong together! 

Meet at the Tayfour Canopy. 

Show unity around the inequities with Pandemic Pay #pandemicpay

Remember to wear a mask and respect social distancing. 

Demonstration will be a maximum of 30 minutes and must be done on the staff person’s lunch time.