Care Aides

The Province of British Columbia has proclaimed

October 18 as “Health Care Assistant Day" 

On Tuesday, October 18, HEU locals have a special opportunity to honour the extraordinary contribution care aides and community health workers bring to the health care team.

Health Care Assistant Day was proclaimed in July by Lieutenant Governor Steven L. Point and is the result of a collaborative effort by stakeholders – including unions, educators, employers and government representatives – on the Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry advisory committee.  

At a provincial level, the union will be marking the day with a variety of public awareness activities aimed at increasing the profile of these front-line caregivers who provide such critical personal care to British Columbians in our communities.  At the local level, we encourage you to host activities at your worksites that recognize care aides and community health workers.

For example, you may want to offer cake and cookies or create and display a banner of thanks. You can distribute “Proud to be a Care Aide” buttons to your care aide members. And don’t forget to post the enclosed proclamation on your union bulletin board along with a poster that will be available to download and print from the union website.

In whatever ways you decide to mark the day, your efforts will go a long way toward making October 18 a day of recognition and appreciation for health care assistants at your worksite. And we’d love to see your photos. Just email them to HEU servicing representative Marnie Mander at –mmander@heu.org – or mail them to her at Provincial Office. Marnie is available to answer any questions you may have and to receive your order for “Proud to be a Care Aide” buttons. She can be reached at 604-456-7115.

Thank you for helping make October 18 a special day for the members of your local who work as care aides or community health workers.

In solidarity,

Bonnie Pearson,

HEU secretary-business manager