A special election is now underway to fill one final vacancy, of Mental Health Representative. Please expand on the position title below to review profile of the members running in your region as candidates.
The voting period is from December 6 - 14, 2017.
Jennifer Marinello (ACCLAIMED)
Harwinder Sandhu (ACCLAIMED)
I have been a
Registered Nurse for many years and have experience in a variety of settings
including public health, corrections, psychiatry and education. My first
passion has always been healthy, safe workplaces, and I offer this passion to
this role. We are fortunate to be the first province in the country that has a
focus within the collective agreement on healthy, safe, respectful workplaces.
With this focus, it’s important to have someone in the position that
understands not only the theory behind workplace wellness developed through
ongoing coursework, but also has the skills to work with the various partners
to implement this theory.
I offer to this position experience working with organizations, committees and
community partners. This experience has occurred in several roles including as
the regional treasurer with ONA (Ontario Nurses Association), volunteer roles
with St John Ambulance and Paralympics, co-chair of the Early
Intervention/Prevention-health (EIP), CRNBC and as secretary for my local
I would be honoured to serve in the role of Regional Mental Health
Representative. I look forward to the opportunity to serve BCNU members in this
role. I will work tireless towards ensuring all workplaces are a place of
respect, safety and health.
Hello fellow BCNU
I am running to be your Mental Health Advocate. I have been a steward with BCNU
for almost 1.5 years now and am a huge advocate for safe workplaces not just
physically but psychosocially as well. I believe that to provide safe patient
care, our nurses need to be healthy mentally! I will work closely with the
OH&S representatives, not only in your worksite, but with our regional
OH&S rep, Patricia, and our Provincial OH&S rep as well. I will lobby
for all of our nurses to have a safe workplace, free from any psychosocial
restraints. I am a big advocate and believer for our LEAP program and any other
program your employer would provide as well, including LIFESPEAK and all the
resources available to members and assist them in accessing these programs. I
will lobby with our lobbyists to provide a safe work space and assist our
members receiving any and all mental health services they acquire. I will work
with our stewards in assisting members with access these resources and be
available to all members for assistance.
Thank you for your time
I am new to this union but have been involved in starting and unionizing Ridgeview Lodge seniors facility in 2016.
I've been a shop steward for and BCGEU in the past and am one for HEU at the Gemstone site in Kamloops.
I currently sit as vise chair for our local at Gemstone senior's facility in Kamloops till February 2018.
I am working on becoming a steward for BCNU as well by going to the BUS program, regional meeting Oct 25/17, have been involved in a stage 1 grievance, and lastly will take any education courses required of me including the next steward course in 2018 when offered next. My long term goal is that I am going to be at Overlander extended care till I retire and have every intention in being involved in our contract and how it is being used in our site. I feel that its up to each and everyone of us to know our rights and the language of our contract to the best of our abilities. I enjoy working people that are looking out for each other and helping people understand what our union is about and how to make it stronger. I am eager to learn and if given the opportunity will give it my best to accomplish the requirements desired of me.
Patricia Cameron (ACCLAIMED)
I am a Psychiatric Nurse currently working at Kamloops Mental Health and Substance Use as a case manager in the Early Psychosis Intervention program. I was actively involved as the Chairperson of our region in the UPN, prior to our merger with BCNU in 2015. I have been on the TNO Regional Executive since May 2016 in the role of Communication Secretary. I am also an active steward at large and support many sites within the TNO area. I currently sit on two OH&S committees and have been a member previously of the Regional Violence Prevention Committee, which I look forward to contributing to again, if elected as the TNO OH&S Representative. Psychological Health and Safety in the workplace is currently a passion of mine and I will work hard to achieve workplaces for members where people can thrive and do their job well in an environment that is safe and proactive. OH&S and mental health go hand-in-hand, and my experience as a mental health nurse will benefit me in this role. I would like to see all worksites following the same templates for OH&S meetings, minutes, investigations, and member training, and for sites to be compliant with WorkSafe BC regulations. I want to work with members to find out what OH&S issues they experience overall and also find ways to motivate more members to become union leaders and to fill the OH&S roles on committees where needed. I will work closely with your elected Regional Executives, Provincial Executives, Caucus Representatives, and Stewards to best represent the professional voice of our union. I will advocate strongly alongside BCNU leaders that worksites must implement comprehensive, evidence-based safety programs. I promise to uphold the character of our Union and to be accountable and transparent and to provide protection, representation, and services to all members equally.
Hi! My name is Myrna Nichols. I have worked in nursing for the past 18 years. Presently, I work in residential care in 100 Mile House. I have worked in acute care and specialized in working in the OR.
I'd like to put my name forward to be the Professional Responsibility Advocate for the Thompson North Okanagan Region. I've been a steward now for a few years working actively with members in my worksite. Professional Responsibility Forms are our voice for changes in our workplace. I have seen positive changes in my worksite because of professional responsibility forms. As professionals, we seek to strengthen our commitment to give safe care to our patients. PRF's are there for us to use to help us achieve our goals as nurses. I would like the opportunity to work with you in regards to PRF's.
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