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I encourage people to try to understand more about mental health, and forget about the stigma attached to it
“I’ve been an HEU member for about 10 years. I was an Activity Worker for five years. I’m now a Rehabilitation Worker on a tertiary mental health unit. We work hard to keep our...
Making eye contact with a person and letting them know that they’re important is a basic human need
“I’ve worked as an HEU Care Aide since 1993, same position, same hospital. COVID-19 certainly brings heightened awareness of isolation techniques. The demands are greater; managing...
I’ve been looking forward to the vaccination because I want to be safe for my family and for others
“I’ve been looking forward to the vaccination because I have an underlying medical condition, a respiratory condition. I have asthma. I want to be safe for my family and for others...
No matter what happens, if you want any semblance of what was, this is what needs to happen
“I’ll be completely honest, I woke up one morning and my mother who is one of the shop stewards at my work said, ‘you’re on the [vaccination] list, we’re going.’ And I was like,...
Our lives have changed, and this is the new normal now
As a lab assistant at Chilliwack General Hospital, Menuka (Menu) Prasad collects various samples from around the hospital, brings them back to the lab for processing, or forwards...
Medical laboratory assistants are critical, we ensure that doctors can diagnose a patient in a timely manner
“My role as a medical laboratory assistant is critical because we ensure that a doctor can diagnose a patient in a timely manner. We do a lot of blood work and electro cardiograms...
We never thought we would have to worry about getting PPE
“Our department supplies the sterile equipment that's needed in the operating room (OR) and other areas of the hospital. The OR sends their reusable instruments to us, and we...
We hold their hands and try to have that connection with them
“In residential care our number one priority is looking after the residents and making sure all their needs are met. From getting them out of bed and fed, to helping with hair. We...
It’s like a war against this disease
“Lately I’ve been thinking that putting on our masks and gloves every day, it’s like we’re going to war. It’s like a war against this disease. I go onto the COVID floor and overall...
We play a vital role in health care
“I'm a single mom and when COVID started I was afraid to bring it home to my son. When I came home from work, my shoes would stay outside, all my clothes would go straight into the...