October 2020 Member Newsletter

In this issue:

President’s Update “As I sit down to write this latest update I reflect on our decision to cancel Convention. Although we are doing it for the right reasons and to protect our members, their families, and the public, I cannot help but feel disappointment at not being able to hold a face-to-face Convention and do the business of our union.”

Gratitude: In the spirit of Thanksgiving, what is gratitude and why does it matter? “Psychologists find that, over time, feeling grateful boosts happiness and fosters both physical and psychological health, even among those already struggling with mental health problems. Studies show that practicing gratitude curbs the use of words expressing negative emotions and shifts inner attention away from such negative emotions as resentment and envy, minimizing the possibility of ruminating, which is a hallmark of depression.”

Ceremonial Unit Spotlight: Meet Ian Johnston “Ian’s introduction to the Ceremonial Unit and Honour Guard, came for the worst possible reason, with the deaths of Kim Weitzel and Shawn Currier at the Sullivan Mine site. He was greatly impressed with the compassion and professionalism of the Honour Guard.  He decided that he would like to be part of a professional group like a Ceremonial Unit or Honour Guard.”  

PAC Liability Insurance Update “PAC members Professional Liability Insurance renewal now includes specific coverage for COVID-19 related claims.  PAC has worked diligently with their broker and insurance company to ensure our members are not without protection while they work in this new COVID-19 environment. ” 

Congratulations to Ken Riddle “In July this year Ken Riddle retired after 53 years of service with B.C. Ambulance. He was the Unit Chief in Greenwood and served all his 53 years in the community starting with the fire department at the age of 17. Ken epitomizes true community service and humanity.”  

Provincial Safety Message “Recently there has been some changes to our PPE framework.  The Employer issued a memo on September 16th advising members they are now permitted to use a reduce their PPE to a simple surgical mask provided that the patient passes a series of screening questions. 
There are many members in the service that have serious concerns to this change in light of the steady rise in new Covid-19 cases. I want to highlight some risk that members will face regarding this new change in screening.

And so much more!!
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