The People with disAbilities Committee is for HEU members who are disabled and working, on long-term disability (LTD) or Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) programs, or who have been on sick leave for a long time.
Disabilities can be physical (i.e. blindness, deafness, loss of limb activity), invisible (i.e. epilepsy, diabetes, AIDS, severe allergies, chronic pain), or mental (i.e. learning, psychiatric, intellectual). Human Rights law also defines drug and alcohol dependence as disabilities.
The committee, which promotes the contributions of workers with disabilities, has produced this 29-page handbook One union, many abilities.
Day of Mourning, April 28, 2015 - PWD colouring contest
HEU's People with disAbilities standing committee (PWD) sponsored its fourth annual April 28 National Day of Mourning colouring contest to honour workers injured or killed on the job and those who have died from work-related illnesses. Through this contest, the PWD Standing Committee aims to raise awareness to HEU members and their families about the importance of the International Day of Mourning – April 28.
The PWD committee has chosen the Blue Poppy to represent those workers, and each year promotes awareness of this day by sending Blue Poppy Buttons out to all HEU locals.
This year there were 148 contest entries. HEU thanks everyone who entered the contest.
2015 PWD colouring contest winners
ages 8 to 15: first place winner Camille Adriano of Vancouver (HEU member Felinor Adriano) won an IPad; second place winner Samantha Thomson of Cranbrook (HEU member Kimberly Thomson) won an IPad Mini; and runner-up Jasmine Chhina of Chilliwack (HEU member Gurharpreet Chhina) won an IPod Shuffle; and
ages 2 to 7: first place winner Taylor Spielman of Chilliwack (HEU member Diana Krossa) won an IPod; second place winner Cece Crawford of Kaslo (HEU member Lucas Crawford) won an IPod Nano; and runner-up Sierra Morgan of Kelowna (HEU member Claire Morgan) won an IPod Shuffle.
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