The following members have been approved by the BCNU Nominations Committee to run as candidates in the BCNU Special Election for provincial vice president. Scroll down to review the biographical sketch and statement of objectives of each candidate.
This election is being held in accordance with Article 4.07(a) of the union's Constitution and Bylaws. Online voting will take place March 13 - 15.
Hardev Bhullar had been nursing for ten years prior to being elected into the South Fraser Valley Regional Co-Chair position. He started his career as a LPN, then upgraded to become an RN.
Hardev has extensive experience in different areas of nursing; he worked in LTC, multiple units in acute care and at Surrey pre-trial, where he worked in mental health and addictions. He taught LPNs, in classrooms and clinicals. Throughout his nursing career, he experienced ongoing challenges we face as a profession, so he ran, and became SFVR's Co-Chair to support members in dealing with these difficulties.
In Hardev's role as a Regional Co-Chair and Council Member:
My Name is Clay Delorme. I have been working as a nurse for 13years. I live in Abbotsford with my wife and our 3 daughters. My career began as a practical nurse and in 2011 I became a Registered Psychiatric Nurse. Areas I have practiced in are acute-care, residential-care, community mental health and substance use (MHSU). I have also instructed in clinical, lab and classroom settings for student nurses. I am currently working for a specialized community MHSU program called PTOP (Psychosis Treatment Optimization Program).
I am active locally as a steward. As nurses we collaborate to provide person centered care to clients and to protect and promote the health and wellness of our worksites and ourselves. I am passionate about the improvement of our health care system, as I have witnessed decline and many issues over the years.I want to be an advocate and lobbyist at a provincial level to promote the health of our clients, our profession, and our loved ones. 3 main areas I feel are very important:
I understand many of the small and large problems we face in our profession. I want to understand and provide support for all issues important to nurses. Our last vote was almost split; I want to be part of the bargaining team that unites the nurses in BC. Let us acknowledge all the special care we provide and lobby for change in our system. We need the proper tools and resources to provide quality person centered care.
Growing up as a middle child in a family of 10 children taught me the importance of advocacy at a young age. However it wasn't until entering university in 2004 that I began to realize my passion and drive for activism.I started off in first year by volunteering to be a student ambassador. Then in 2nd year I was elected to be the founding president of our local Nursing Undergraduate Society. In this role I was able to organize and support fellow nursing students.
In 3rd year I was elected as Vice President of the Students' Association where I sat on, and co-chaired, several working committees. I spent a large portion of my time supporting and advocating for students as the academic appeals liaison.I was also elected as the Executive Director of Finance for the Alberta College and Technical Institutes Student Executive Council (ACTISEC). While sitting on this provincial executive committee I was involved with government lobbying efforts where we were able to achieve a tuition freeze for Alberta students. As Chair of the Finance committee I was also responsible for preparation and presentation of the annual budget, as well as policy development and review.
Once out of school I quickly found my niche as a union activist. In 2009 I first began serving as a Local Ward Rep with the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN). Since moving to B.C in 2014, I have served in many roles with BCNU including Worksite Rep, Worksite Steward, Full-time Steward, and Lobbyist on the Fraser Valley Regional Executive.
Most recently, in 2018, I completed the Queens Labour Relations Program and earned a labour relations certificate.My goal in the role of Vice President is to become a valuable contributory asset to the BCNU at the provincial level. I would like to work toward reinforcing our grassroots value to create the opportunity to improve communication and engagement with membership. I would be honoured to be given the chance to bring my experience and skills to council and the provincial lobbying table.
Hanna Embree is please to let her name stand for the position of Vice President of the British Columbia Nurses' Union.
As a steward with 10 years of experience and having held a number of regional and provincial elected positions Hanna is uniquely positioned to take the members voices forward to the Provincial Executive via the Vice President position. Hanna is a member of her regional executive and has held the Lobby Coordinator and, currently, Treasurer position. She is the elected chair of the LGBTQ caucus and, most recently, was elected to the current Provincial Bargaining Committee. It is through her extensive work on the Bargaining Committee that Hanna has had the opportunity to connect with the membership across the province and this is the venue through which she has heard your voices. They have been voices expressing frustration and distrust and, most importantly, voices asking for change and transparency in the union.
While the recent collective agreement was ratified, the margin was exceedingly close. In particular the voices of younger nurses and those members in large sites shone through, loud and clear, as voices of discontent and of those desiring a sea change within the organization.
As a fresh voice as your Vice President Hanna hears you, sees you, and commits to bringing your concerns forward to provincial leadership and to providing the change you so desire.
While there will be many worthy names put forward for this position Hanna thanks you for considering her as your choice for Vice President and for your voice on Provincial Council.
As a proud registered nurse and BCNU advocate, I am seeking your support to be elected Vice President.
In 2015, I was elected Executive Councillor, Heath and Safety and in September 2017, Council elected me Acting Vice President. I have worked diligently to provide accountable leadership, rebuild external relationships, lobby government and health authorities on issues important to nurses and our public healthcare system. On behalf of BCNU, it has been an honour to present at national and international conferences and have recently completed a certificate in Governance & Leadership.
In addition to advocating for improved working conditions and promoting the nursing profession, accomplishments I have contributed to include:
Personal Resilience Workshops
Nurses Violence Support Line
Improved health and safety language
Leading BCNU's Violence Prevention and Presumptive Legislation campaigns
BCNU has grown in numbers and diverse perspectives; as evidenced by the recent unprecedented engagement in the ratification vote process. I want to build on this engagement and explore innovative ways to promote member participation, give voice to alternate views and build confidence that Council decisions are fair, evidence-based, progressive and transparent decisions.
As nurses, we want to provide quality patient care and meet our professional practice standards. However, workload, overcapacity, staffing deficiencies, poor change management (i.e. Primary Care), incivility, trauma and violence contribute to moral distress, injury and negatively impacts patient outcomes. If elected, I will continue to bring my experience, integrity and passion to the role advocating for the physical and psychological well-being of all members. As your representative, I will surface issues, champion member engagement and consultation, foster positive working relationships, embrace innovation and ensure effective and accountable governance. Important priorities for me include:
Optimizing our pension & benefits.
Continuing to lobby for violence prevention and the inclusion of nurses in presumptive legislation—PTSD and other occupational stress injuries.
Establishing process to facilitate member engagement and consultation.
Holding employers and government accountable to collective agreement language and their obligation to provide safe workplaces.
Building capacity to ensure stewards and regional executive teams excel in their roles.
Ensuring Council's oversight on all matters related to fiduciary, strategy and risk.
Together with the union of Nurses and Christine Sorensen, I pledge to protect and advance the health, social and economic well-being of the BCNU members. Collectivity, Democracy, Equality, Excellence, Integrity, Social Justice, and Solidarity through the development of a Essential Services Tax Credit. For the Nurses by the Nurses.
Aman Grewal has been nursing since 1988 at Surrey Memorial Hospital. Her involvement with the BCNU came early in her career during the strike of 1989 when the Chief Steward had to leave town and her designate was unable to participate due to personal reasons. Aman stepped up to the challenge and took over the lead union position for job action for SMH. During the next two strikes, Aman played a lead role in the job action and strikes as a picket captain, monitor of the site for safe essential service staffing and patient acuity levels.
Aman has worked Pediatrics, Emergency, Diabetes Education, Aboriginal Community Health, Clinical Trial Coordinator and for the past 16 years in Senior Leadership as a Site Leader of Surrey Memorial Hospital. In this leadership role, she has been overseeing a growing campus with the busiest Emergency department in Western Canada, and the fastest growing community with over 4000 births per year.
She has been involved in daily decision making with leadership regarding site congestion, safety, and safe staffing levels to ensure standards of practice and care are maintained, using conflict resolution and critical thinking as challenges arise. Aman has served on several committees to help provide a safe workplace for her colleagues, providing leadership, supervision, professionalism and accountability. Upholding the collective agreement at a site with over 5000 BCNU members, Aman is well versed in the contract language.
Aman is passionate about ensuring sustainable nursing workload, while preserving patient safety. It is essential for our members to provide quality healthcare to our communities, and to improve patient outcomes. She encourages nurses to advocate for proper staffing levels and to be empowered to let their voices be heard and acted upon when they say their workload is too heavy. Aman wants to address violence in the workplace and bring awareness to the general population of British Columbians that this is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
Aman is dedicated to supporting integrity, respect, dignity, diversity, and accountability in the union that she has been proud to be a member of for the past 30 years.
Melody has been working as a registered nurse at multiple acute and community settings in Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health. Currently, she works as a clinical nurse educator in community care and Informatics nurse in ICU setting. She also worked as a License Practical Nurse in 2004. She possesses Master of Science in Nursing in leadership and critical care and Nephrology specialty nursing certificates. She is passionate about project development e.g. policy making; curriculum development with reliable evidence and data analysis to evaluate project to ensure best intended outcome and budget. She has been also passionate about advocating for patients, nurses, animals, and environment. She lives with her son and two lovely dogs Nina and Emmett.
Michael Snell, RPN graduated from Douglas College with a Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing. Prior to Douglas College he studied Psychology as an undergraduate for two years. He has over 30 years of experience as a Psychiatric Nurse working in hospital and community settings with adolescents, adults and seniors. He resigned from a full-time position at Abbotsford CRESST last year and is currently attending interviews for a new position.
Michael is a strong advocate for his clients and colleagues, and has long participated in Safety Committee and Union efforts to secure adequate staffing levels. If elected, he is committed to help achieve the strategic goals the BCNU has identified. In particular, achieving a safer work environment and ensuring that technological change benefits rather than degrades patient care are top priorities. Nursing and physical intervention with aggressive clients are not compatible. Poor choices in technology have hindered the delivery of care, and nurses need to be involved earlier in the process of planning technological change. The wheel does not need to be reinvented for every health region. I support making the current grievance procedure more effective, and nurses should not shoulder economic hardship during investigation.
"Colleagues have always encouraged me to take a more active role with the Union, but it never seemed to be the right time. I feel I now have the experience and temperament to make a positive contribution. We have made many gains in the years I have been a nurse, but inflation has left us back where we started. We have to prepare now for the contract negotiation down the road."
Energy, passion, Integrity, are the driving forces behind me. I believe in grass roots and I want to be the voice of the members. I have fresh ideas to share. I have represented the members as a steward for the last 12 years.I have been on the Provincial Human Rights and Equity caucus for over 5 years.
My goal is to listen and learn from the members. Once elected I will work hard to fulfill the duties of the Vice President. I will continue my passion for Human Rights and Equity. I believe all members deserve to be heard. I will advocate for members have access to scholarships/bursaries, and emergency funding that are essential to academic and personal success. I will continue advocacy efforts to restructure and improve the grass roots bottom up approach.
With such a controversial contract passed, now more then ever, we need change. I am asking for your vote for Vice President of the BCNU. I will work hard and keep my promises.
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