People with Disabilities Standing Committee

HEU Equity Committee PWDisabilitiesThe People with Disabilities Standing Committee (PWD) is for HEU members who are: disabled and working, on long-term disability (LTD), receiving WorkSafeBC benefits, or on an extended medical leave. 

Disabilities can be physical (i.e. sight, hearing, mobility) or invisible (i.e. mental health, addiction, chronic pain).

The committee promotes the contributions of workers with disabilities, advocates for improvements to disability benefits and resources, as well as accessibility.

For information on occupational health and safety, including educational workshops, click here.

Enhanced Disability Management Program (EDMP) information can be found here.

2018 International Day of Persons with Disabilities - Children's Colouring Contest

December 3 is International Day of Persons with Disabilities. 

The HEU People with Disabilities Standing Committee encourages members to use this day to learn more about the experiences and challenges of people with disabilities.

In order to promote awareness about the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the committee held a Children’s Colouring Contest. This contest was open to children aged 2 to 7, and youth aged 8 to 15. Participants had to be relatives of an HEU member. 

First place winners (in each age group) won a gift basket full of arts and craft supplies, valued at $250 dollars. Two runner-up entries (in each age group) won gift baskets of Purdy’s chocolates, valued at $60.

The 2018 contest was open to all HEU members. There were many entries. Winners were randomly drawn.

HEU thanks everyone who entered the contest. 

Age 2-7 1st place contest winner


1st place winner (2-7 years): Kai Petty (Cumberland, BC)


1st runner-up (2-7 years): Daniel de Greef (N. Saanich, BC),                                                                            2nd runner-up (2-7 years): Anna VanDerStar (Prince George, BC)



Age 8-15 1st place contest winner



1st place winner (8-15 years): Sarah Cartwright (Prince George, BC)


1st runner-up (8-15 years) Addison Lewis (Cumberland, BC),                                                                   2nd runner-up (8-15 years): Cheyenne Soares (Chilliwack, BC)