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President’s Message

Looking after Ourselves and Each Other – 2018 Year End Message

2018 has been a challenging year in health care with the transition to a single provincial Health Authority. Change can be difficult.  The daily uncertainty about the future of our workplaces combined with our struggle to provide appropriate service in an under-resourced environment, can negatively and significantly affect our mental and physical health.

Realizing the changes and challenges faced by each of our Members, the Annual Convention Committee chose as its theme for this year, “Focusing on You”. Our speakers included Mr. Stéphane Grenier, Lieutenant – Colonel (Retired), Canadian Armed Forces, and Mr. Avinash Maniram, Partner and Senior Consultant with Actuarial Consultants Ltd. in Vancouver.

Mr. Grenier challenged the traditional view of mental health supports in the workplace and beyond, by redefining how those affected by mental illness or PTSD are cared for and viewed by coworkers and peers. Peer support is important- formal and informal. It can make all the difference when we make the effort to look out for each other in our workplaces, and if we see someone struggling, we reach out and lend support. 

Mr. Maniram spoke to the long-term effects of a sedentary life style in his presentation “Is Sitting the New Smoking?” He addressed the insufficient physical activity in Canada and drew attention to the numbers of hours each day that we are not ‘moving’.  Our work, our commutes and our leisure activities are causing us to sit for increasing amounts of time. All of that sitting has a negative impact on our health. Click here to watch Mr. Maniram’s presentation at the 2018 HSAS Annual Convention.

We all have a responsibility to care for our clients, patients and residents but we also need to care for ourselves.  As the saying goes, if we do not look after our own health, we won’t be of much benefit to anyone else.

Wishing you the best this holiday season and throughout the year.

Kind Regards,

 

Karen Wasylenko
HSAS President

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