Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals

National Medical Laboratory Week – April 21-29, 2019

 

There are over 1.2 million lab tests performed on a daily basis in Canada. That would work out to approximately one test done every day for every person living in the province of Manitoba. Laboratory tests are valuable tools regularly used by physicians to diagnose, monitor and treat patients. Each test provides vital information that guides medical decisions.

To learn more about medical laboratory professionals and the impact they make in health care, please visit the Medical Laboratory Professionals website or the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science website.

 

Update on Representation Votes

MAHCP and other unions met with Commissioner Robert Pruden this morning, the government appointee who is overseeing the upcoming health care representation votes. Commissioner Pruden has not yet set the timing for these votes. We are all waiting eagerly for that information and we will communicate it to you as soon as we have it, but at this point we are still waiting.

The Commissioner did confirm that the vote will be electronic, with a telephone option, and he also intends to deliver unique PINs to each eligible voter via Canada Post. Please make sure that your employer has your correct mailing address so you receive that PIN in a timely manner once voting is scheduled. He also indicated that there will be a Help Line available for any eligible voter to call and get assistance during the voting period.

If you’re still wondering whether you will be voting or not, here’s a list of who is included:

MAHCP members who will be included in the Shared Health vote are:

• Shared Health
• CancerCare Manitoba
• Rehabilitation Centre for Children

MAHCP members who will be included in the WRHA vote are:

• WRHA
• St. Boniface Hospital
• All community hospitals and health centres
• Actionmarguerite

We know you have a lot of questions – not just about the representation votes but about all the changes that are being forced on our members. MAHCP will continue coming to you with as many in-person opportunities as possible. We want to meet with you directly and answer any questions you may have. If we haven’t been to your worksite lately, please feel free to contact us and we will set up a meeting as soon as possible. I look forward to seeing you soon.

In the meantime, visit onestrongvoice.ca, like us on Facebook and feel free to send an email to info@mahcp.ca or directly to me at bobm@mahcp.ca with any questions or concerns.

In solidarity,
Bob Moroz, President

MAHCP’s onestrongvoice.ca site gets new look

Our One Strong Voice Together campaign continues to gain support in the face of Bill 29.

Based on the performance of our campaign website so far, we have given the site a refreshed look and feel.

Now we’re encouraging MAHCP members to check it out at onestrongvoice.ca and share it with all Manitobans working in Professional/Technical/Paramedical.

MAHCP is the strongest voice for health care professionals in Manitoba. We have consistently raised the bar in collective agreement negotiations and we’re the only union in health care solely focused on health care.

We’ve also got a little something special. Go to onestrongvoice.ca and show your support and enter to win an MAHCP One Strong Voice T-shirt.

Show your support and be part of MAHCP’s one strong voice!

Jocelyn House Hospice fundraiser on April 7

 

Jocelyn House Hospice has as its mission adding life to the final days of the terminally ill in a home-like setting.

Our MAHCP members at Jocelyn House work hard each day to meet the needs of those in their care and now there’s a way that you can support their work.

The Sunday Supper in Support of Jocelyn House Hospice takes place on Sunday, April 7, 2019, at The Gates on Roblin, 6945 Roblin Blvd. The reception is at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $150 per person, and there are tables of eight and sponsor tables available as well.

For more information, please see the poster here, call (204) 253-5898 or email jbouvier@jocelynhouse.ca

Volunteers needed for Teddy Bears’ Picnic

 

The Teddy Bears’ Picnic is coming up fast and they’re looking for volunteers!

This year’s Picnic, which is the 33rd annual, takes place from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 26, 2019, at Assiniboine Park.

Volunteers help run mock lab tests on the stuffed animals that children bring with them to the Picnic.

There are three available shifts for volunteers: 8:30-11:30 a.m.; 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; and 2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Please see this poster for more information or contact Tom Walus at twalus@sharedhealthmb.ca or 204-926-1432 if you’d like to volunteer.

 

 

 

Team MAHCP returns to Lace Up for Diabetes

The 2019 edition of Lace Up for Diabetes takes place on Sunday, April 28, and today MAHCP is putting the call out for members to participate on their own or with a group of colleagues!

The Lace Up event gets underway at 8 a.m. on April 28 at the Assiniboine Park Conservatory and includes a 10-km timed run, 5-km walk/run, 3-km walk/run and a Kids Fun Run.

Members interested in signing up for this event can do so at the Team MAHCP page:

http://crm2.diabetes.ca/site/TR/Events/cdaGeneric2016?team_id=4370&pg=team&fr_id=2813

There are 15 sponsored spots available on Team MAHCP for members and friends. It will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

In addition to food, beverages, medals and prizes for the top fundraisers, members will also get MAHCP T-shirts to wear on the day of the event. If you are one of the lucky 15, please visit the food tent to pick up a free T-shirt.

The Lace Up for Diabetes event is for a wonderful cause; funds raised go towards Diabetes Canada’s programs and services, research, education and advocacy.

For those members who would like to participate in a way that doesn’t involve running or walking, we are looking for volunteers for the food tent. It’s only for a few hours, usually 8:30 to 11 a.m.

If you would like to volunteer in the tent, please contact Team Captain Cheryl Francisco at the communications@mahcp.ca email address.

March 20th is National Dietitian Day

Once a year, a special day is dedicated to dietitians across Canada. It celebrates dietitians as regulated health care professionals, committed to using their specialized knowledge and skills to translate the science of nutrition into terms everyone can understand to unlock food’s potential and support healthy living for all Canadians.

March 20, 2019 will mark the tenth year of celebrating Dietitians Day in Canada.  It will shine the spotlight on the profession and remind us that dietitians are the trusted choice for reliable life-changing food and nutrition advice.

Dietitians Day helps raise the profile of all dietitians and encourages and attracts others to this profession to help shape the future of eating and healthy living for all Canadians.

March is National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month celebrates dietitians as health care professionals, committed to using their specialized knowledge and skills in food and nutrition to improve the health of Canadians. For more information, click here.

MAHCP Open House Tour heads to Northern Manitoba this week

The Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals is pleased to announce that its MAHCP Open House Tour is headed to Northern Manitoba this week, March 5 to 7, 2019.

These Open House stops are open to our MAHCP members and – as will be the case for all meetings scheduled for this tour – to all Provincial health care employees in Professional/Technical/Paramedical who would like to learn more about MAHCP.

In attendance will be MAHCP President Bob Moroz, Vice-President Tanya Burnside, and MAHCP staff to answer your questions.

Here’s a list of the open houses:

Thompson:   Tuesday, March 5, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.,
                         at the USW Local 6166, 19 Elizabeth Drive

Flin Flon:      Wednesday, March 6, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.,
                         at the Victoria Inn, Northern Room

The Pas:        Thursday, March 7, from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Kin Center,  
                         Golden Agers Room, 324 Ross Ave(use back entrance)

A light meal and refreshments will be available, as well as MAHCP materials and gear.

For MAHCP members in Snow Lake, there’s a lunch meeting with President Moroz and Vice President Burnside on Wednesday, March 6, at the Diamond Willow Inn from 12-1 p.m. MAHCP will provide lunch off the menu for anyone who can make this meeting. Please RSVP by emailing Executive Liaison Tim Smith at tim@mahcp.ca by 6 p.m. tomorrow (Tuesday) if you can attend.

There are plans to visit more communities all over Manitoba in the coming weeks. More dates will be announced on our www.mahcp.ca website.

Please e-mail info@mahcp.ca if you have any questions about the tour, and visit www.onestrongvoice.ca for more information on Bill 29.

Thanks!

International Women’s Day

March 8 is International Women’s Day — a day to recognize women’s achievements and acknowledge the challenges they continue to face in the quest for gender equality.

Innovation and technology can help empower women and girls. Yet a growing digital divides means that women are underrepresented in fields like science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Let’s reverse this trend and innovate for change!

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day, #InnovateForChange, is a call to action, asking everyone to harness the power of technology to create a more equal world. By removing the barriers facing women in STEM, we can unleash new ideas and solutions that will transform our society and strengthen our economy.

MAHCP March Newsletter

The March newsletter is now available, with the announcement of the winners of our inaugural MAHCP Video Contest, and articles from MAHCP President Bob Moroz, Vice President Tanya Burnside and updates on our sponsored events, including the upcoming 1919 Winnipeg General Strike Centennial Celebrations. Please encourage your MAHCP colleagues to read our March newsletter, thank you!

Celebrate National Social Worker Month in March

In March of each year, social workers throughout the country celebrate National Social Work Month in recognition of the contributions of social workers to society.

The theme adopted for the 2019 National Social Work Month celebrations is Real People. Real Impact

To learn more about the Social Work profession visit the Manitoba College of Social Workers as well as the Canadian Association of Social Workers.

Manitoba Social Worker Month Events

 

Music Therapy Month

Music therapy is a discipline in which credentialed professionals (MTA*) use music purposefully within therapeutic relationships to support development, health, and well-being. Music therapists use music safely and ethically to address human needs within cognitive, communicative, emotional, musical, physical, social, and spiritual domains.

For more information, please visit the Canadian Association of Music Therapists website.

March is Child Life Month

March is Child Life Month, a month dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the child life profession and the dedication and commitment that they show to their patients each and every day. For more information about the Child Life Profession click here.

MAHCP Video Contest closes at 4 p.m. on March 1

 

We are now closing in on the end of our very successful MAHCP Video Contest!

As stated in our Contest Rules (click here for the full rules), the video entries will be up on our Facebook page until 4 p.m. on March 1.

That is when we will close the contest and announce in our March newsletter, website and social media the top three winners based on “Likes” on our Facebook Page.

The prizes for this contest are spectacular! First prize is $1,500, Second prize is $1,000 and Third prize is $500.

There’s still time to share the posts with family and friends, however, please make sure that they “like” the original post on the MAHCP Facebook page.

Please note that “likes” on Facebook shares or the original YouTube pages will not count towards the overall number, only the “likes” on the video posts on the MAHCP Facebook page will be counted.

Good luck to all our participants as this voting period wraps up!

MAHCP Manitoba Moose Game – 60% Off Tickets Available!

 

Thank you, MAHCP members, for your amazing show of support for our MAHCP Night at the Moose on Friday, March 15!

We have received far more emails for free tickets than we expected, so the giveaway is now closed.  Those members who won a free pair of tickets will be contacted by email today (Wednesday) and will receive their electronic tickets next week.

If you didn’t win free tickets, we still want you to join us!  You can purchase tickets for the March 15 MAHCP Moose Game at a deep discount – only $13.50 per ticket by following the instructions below

To recap, MAHCP Night, which features the Moose suiting up against AHL rivals the Texas Stars, takes place on Friday, March 15, 2019, at 7 p.m. at Bell MTS Centre.

MAHCP has partnered with the Manitoba Moose for a special offer on regular-priced tickets – 60% OFF!  We have a block reserved in sections 103 and 104 for these discounted tickets, at only $13.50 per ticket.

You can order your discounted tickets through your desktop computer, tablet, or mobile phone. Please note you will only be able to choose discounted seats in sections 103 and 104 on a desktop or a tablet – you will be assigned the best available seats on a mobile phone. Flash is required.

Click on the Following Link to access the discounted offer: https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/mbahl/EN/link/promotion/home/fc0be1295431e5170aec29b8a4aace75f4a9afdd

Click “Find Tickets” beside the game you want to attend.

  • Enter Promo Code: MAHCP and click Go

You will be prompted to login to your Moose account to complete the transaction. If you do not have an account, you can create one using the ‘Create an Account’ link. If you receive a message that your email address already exists in our system, please use the ‘Forgot Your Password’ link to receive a new password to login to your Moose account. Please note that if you have a Winnipeg Jets account, you can use the same email and password to login to your Manitoba Moose account

Once you have purchased your tickets, you will require a mobile phone to access Bell MTS Place to attend the Manitoba Moose game you purchased.  If you do not have a mobile phone you can have printed tickets left for you to pick up at the box office.

1. Log into your Manitoba Moose Account Manager using your email address and password.
2. Select the game you wish to manage.
3. Click Send.
4. Click to choose specific seat locations, then click Send to confirm.
5. Enter the name of the recipient and use the email address willcall@manitobamoose.com

To Manage your tickets and load to your phone – please download the Manitoba Moose App (Android or IOS) then sign into your Moose Account using the same email and password used to purchase the tickets.

We’re looking forward to our very first MAHCP Night at the Moose with our MAHCP members, family and friends!

MAHCP Manitoba Moose Night – Please Join Us!

The Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals is teaming up with the Manitoba Moose to present MAHCP Night with the Moose this coming March 15th, including a bunch of FREE TICKETS for our members!

MAHCP Night, which features the Moose suiting up against AHL rivals the Texas Stars, takes place on Friday, March 15, 2019, at 7 p.m. at Bell MTS Centre.

MAHCP will be setting up a booth at Bell MTS Centre with games, like Plinko!, and prizes to be won.

There are 52 pairs of free tickets up for grabs for MAHCP members (including member advocates) and they’re first-come-first-serve. In order to win a free pair of tickets, you must be an MAHCP member.

To claim your free pair of tickets, send an email from your personal or home email address to mahcpcontest@mahcp.ca with “Moose tickets” in the subject line and your contact info, including cellphone number.

Please only send one email, as we’d like to distribute the tickets in pairs to as many members as possible.  We’ll get your electronic tickets to you ASAP if you’re among the lucky winners.

In addition to the 52 pairs of free tickets, MAHCP has also partnered with the Manitoba Moose on a special offer on regular-priced tickets – 60% OFF!

Purchase tickets for 60% off using the details below – the prices will be:

P1 -$15.50 (regular $39)

P2 -$13.50 (regular $34)

P3 -$11.50 (regular $29)

You can order your discounted tickets through your desktop computer, tablet, or mobile phone. Please note you will only be able to choose your seats on a desktop or a tablet – you will be assigned the best available seats on a mobile phone. Flash is required.

Click on the Following Link to access the offer https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/mbahl/EN/link/promotion/home/fc0be1295431e5170aec29b8a4aace75f4a9afdd

Click Find Tickets beside the game you want to attend

  • Enter Promo Code: MAHCP and click Go

You will be prompted to login to your Moose account to complete the transaction. If you do not have an account, you can create one using the ‘Create an Account’ link. If you receive a message that your email address already exists in our system, please use the ‘Forgot Your Password’ link to receive a new password to login to your Moose account. Please note that if you have a Winnipeg Jets account, you can use the same email and password to login to your Manitoba Moose account

Once you have purchased your tickets, you will require a mobile phone to access Bell MTS Place to attend the Manitoba Moose game you purchased.  If you do not have a mobile phone you can have printed tickets left for you to pick up at the box office.

  1. Log into your Manitoba Moose Account Manager using your email address and password.
  2. Select the game you wish to manage.
  3. Click Send.
  4. Click to choose specific seat locations, then click Send to confirm.
  5. Enter the name of the recipient and use the email address willcall@manitobamoose.com

To Manage your tickets and load to your phone – please download the Manitoba Moose App (Android or IOS) then sign into your Moose Account using the same email and password used to purchase the tickets.

We’re looking forward to our very first MAHCP Night at the Moose with our MAHCP members!

Bill 29 Commissioner’s Update

Today, Commissioner Robert Pruden has provided a second update.  As you know, Mr. Pruden has been tasked with overseeing the implementation of the Health Sector Bargaining Unit Review Act, also known as Bill 29, the upcoming health care representation votes.

You will note from the Commissioner’s update that there is no new information regarding the timing of the votes.  We are eagerly awaiting that information and we will keep you updated as soon as we know more.

In my travels across our province, meeting and talking to our members, I continue to be in awe of the dedication you show in the face of such upheaval and confusion in our health care system. Keep up the great work!

Please give the Commissioner’s update a read and let us know if we can help answer your questions by emailing info@mahcp.ca, or visit our website at onestrongvoice.ca.  We are always available to help cut through the confusion.

In solidarity,

Bob Moroz, MAHCP President

MAHCP’s Open House tour stops near St. Boniface Hospital

The Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals announces its second stop in the MAHCP Open House Tour, this time in Winnipeg at the Norwood Hotel near St. Boniface Hospital.

This second Open House is open to our MAHCP members and – as will be the case for all meetings scheduled for this tour – is open to all Provincial health care employees in Professional/Technical/Paramedical who would like to learn more about MAHCP.

MAHCP’s second Open House stop takes place 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Norwood Hotel, 112 Marion St., very close to St. Boniface Hospital.

In attendance will be MAHCP President Bob Moroz and MAHCP staff to answer your questions.

There are plans to visit more communities all over Manitoba in the coming weeks. More dates will be announced on our www.mahcp.ca website.

Light refreshments will be available, as well as MAHCP materials and gear.

Please e-mail info@mahcp.ca if you have any questions about the tour, and visit www.onestrongvoice.ca for more information on Bill 29.

Thanks!

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