People with disAbilities Standing Committee

pwdcommThe 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 is holding a Children’s Colouring Contest. This contest is open to children aged 2 to 7, and youth aged 8 to 15. Participants must be relatives of an HEU member. 

Submission deadline is 5:00 p.m. on December 5, 2018. Send to: HEU Provincial Office, 5000 North Fraser Way, Burnaby, B.C. V5J 5M3. Attention: Jennifer Efting.

We’ll pick a winner and two runner-ups in each age category. First place will win a gift basket full of arts and craft supplies, valued at $250 dollars. Two runner-up entries (in each age group) will receive gift baskets of Purdy’s chocolates, valued at $60. Prizes as awarded. No cash substitutions. 

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

Download Entry Forms:


2018 PWD Mental Health Awareness Week colouring contest

About 20 per cent of Canadians live with mental illness or addictions.Too often, stigma and discrimination keep people from speaking up and getting the support and care they need. Heavy workloads, on-the-job stress, bullying, harassment and unsafe work all take a toll on the mental health of workers.

The PWD Standing Committee sponsored the 2018 Mental Health Awareness Week Colouring Contest during Mental Health Awareness Week in May. The committee hopes this gave HEU members a chance to reflect on the importance of mental health while taking a small break in their day for a creative effort.

The 2018 contest was open to all HEU members. There were 65 entries. Winners were randomly drawn.

The 1st place winner won a $100 gift basket from Cafe Etico, a $100 gift card from DeSerres Art Supplies and a $100 HEU Boutique card (for purchasing HEU items). The runner-up won a $75 gift basket from Cafe Etico, a $75 gift card from DeSerres Art Supplies and a $75 HEU Boutique card (for purchasing HEU items).

HEU thanks everyone who entered the contest. 

1st prize winner



1st place winner: Tracey Cornwall (Community Services 1998 local/South Island Health Services - Community Health)












Runner up



Runner up: Everlyn Katipunan  (Seven Shining Stars Local - Sodexo)