It's officially summer – that time of year when British Columbians typically change routines and take vacations from work to spend more time outdoors with friends and loved ones.
But summer 2020 is different – most of our routines have already been turned upside down by the pandemic. For me, that means continuing to work from home in Kamloops while leading important initiatives that support and protect all of our members, and making sure government leaders in Victoria keep nurses top of mind as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves.
BCNU’s Provincial Council and I have worked hard to steer BCNU through these challenging times while remaining focused on our members’ needs.
From encouraging the community to show its appreciation for nurses during National Nursing Week in May, to ensuring members understand their workplace occupational health and safety rights, know that your Council members are committed to working for you.
So much has been accomplished over the last year, and progress has been made despite the challenges the pandemic brings. We’ve continued to effectively advocate for your safety on the job and push employers to ensure we have adequate staffing at all of our worksites, all the while maintaining a strong financial position for our union.
I’m proud of the collective work our BCNU leaders have done on members’ behalf. During normal times, BCNU’s annual convention and annual report would have provided members with the opportunity to review the provincial executive’s reports in detail. This year, BCNU’s provincial executive has prepared reports that you can review online. I encourage you to read them and be informed about the work of your union.
In closing I want to commend every member of this union for the work you have done since COVID-19 took hold of our lives and for the work you do every day as professionals and leaders in our health-care system. I truly hope you will have the opportunity this summer to connect safely with your families and friends and to experience some time outdoors in this beautiful part of the world we call home.
Christine SorensenPresident, BC Nurses' Union
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