People with disAbilities Standing Committee

pwdcommThe 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, 2017 - PWD colouring contest

HEU's People with disAbilities standing committee (PWD) is sponsoring its seventh 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. 

Entries must be submitted to HEU Provincial Office, 5000 North Fraser Way, Burnaby BC. V5J 5M3 by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 26, 2017.

If you have any questions about the colouring contest, please contact HEU equity officer Jennifer Efting.

2016 PWD colouring contest

Last year, there were 133 contest entries. Winners were randomly drawn. HEU thanks everyone who entered the contest.

2016 PWD colouring contest winners 

ages 8 to 15: first place winner Gracia Andres (age 12) of Vancouver (HEU member Voltaire Sean E. Andres) won an iPad; second place winner Michael Gamble (age 12) of Ladysmith (HEU member Emily Gamble) won an iPad mini; and runner-up Sophia With (age 8) of Nelson (HEU member Eileen With) won an iPod shuffle; and

ages 2 to 7: first place winner Ariana Gul (age 7) of North Vancouver (HEU member Nahid Gul) won an iPod; second place winner Aasia Neeb (age 4) of Squamish (HEU member Pon Kongdara) won an iPod nano; and runner-up Olivia Kallusky (age 6) of Kamloops (HEU member Shane Kallusky) won an iPod shuffle.