The 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 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 place winner: Tracey Cornwall (Community Services 1998 local/South Island Health Services - Community Health)
Runner up: Everlyn Katipunan (Seven Shining Stars Local - Sodexo)