Category: News

If the Boot Fits – Give it to a Homeless Person

A hard-toed boot may not be as pretty as Cinderella’s glass slipper, but it sure is more useful for homeless people. That’s why EMS members of HSAA recently donated 71 pairs of used (but still useful) work boots to Homeless Connect Edmonton, which aims to help people experiencing or at risk of homelessness find paths out of their difficult situation. “EMS workers get boot chits so they can get new boots every year. It’s important for…

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HSAA Family Walks to Cure diabetes

Photo (above): Brooklyn and Jeffrey Slingerland were among the walkers in Lethbridge who raised more than $12,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. On May 27, 2017, our family joined about 200 other walkers at Nicholas Sheran park in Lethbridge for the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Walk to Cure Diabetes. Our daughter Brooklyn was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in November 2015, when she was eight years old. Since then we have been actively involved…

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HSAA VP Trudy Thomson’s Speech to Convention 2017

It’s great to get a few minutes to chat with you a bit about our work and my role in it. The weird thing about this new role that I have is that there is no real job description – sure the constitution mandates a few of the specific tasks – finances (which you’ll hear more about tomorrow), record keeping, and human resources for our Executive Director and Executive Liaison, but I soon realized that I…

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President’s Speech: HSAA Focused on Awareness, Engagement and Advocacy

Good morning, Well, it’s great to be with you all this morning. Are you all having a pretty good time so far? I think we’re going to have a great couple of days together. I can’t tell you the number of hours of work that goes into putting a convention like this together – mostly because I have no idea. All I know is that we’ve been thinking about this, planning it and putting it together…

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Back on track in Fort Mac

Your home is destroyed by fire. You’re six months pregnant. You’re separated from your husband and two children as you flee the flames. Would you look back on that a year later and say it was a blessing? That’s how HSAA member Jennifer Oger and her husband David see what happened to them when the Beast of Fort Mac burned through their lives in May 2016. “The blessings during that time were incredible,” says David, one…

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All smiles as members work on sponsorship

Photographed above: HSAA member Ayed Saad enjoys a Canadian experience – Tim Hortons. “A smile is the shortest distance between two people.” Victor Borge, 1909-2000, Danish and American musician and humorist. He was also a refugee from war. As a Danish Jew, he fled when the Germans invaded Denmark. He arrived in the U.S. with only $20. Smiles may be the furthest thing from our minds when we think of Syrian refugees fleeing from war, but they may prove…

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Welcome home: Unions exist to help everyone – including a Syrian family seeking safety in Alberta

The following guest opinion column was published in the Edmonton Journal on Jan. 3, 2017. The family, originally expected to arrive in October, finally made it to Calgary after Christmas. Photographed above is the family of four being welcomed by HSAA members and supporters. Photographed below is Social Justice Committee chair Faika Satterthwaite hugging one of the children.   This week, a Syrian refugee family of four arrives in Alberta to begin a new, safe life…

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Safety fears unfounded after extreme vetting

Worried about bringing Syrian refugees to Canada from Lebanon? Don’t be, says Sam Nammoura, co-founder of the volunteer Syrian Refugees Support Group. This family hasn’t just been screened, it’s been “extreme vetted” three times. The first vetting was by Lebanese security. “They have their own way of [determining] who is coming in, who they are, who they are associated with. If there is anybody who might cause a threat to Lebanon, they will be removed or…

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Opinion: Protect recovery by sparing public-sector jobs

This guest opinion column was published in the Edmonton Journal on Feb. 28, 2017. In an age of “alternative facts” and divisive politics, we can all agree on this: Alberta needs jobs. Lots of stable, well-paying jobs. What’s the best way to create new jobs and protect existing ones? To steal a familiar line: “It’s the economy, stupid.” Surprised to hear the president of a public-sector union discuss the importance of the economy? Don’t be. Public-sector…

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Health care matters

It’s government’s #1 job: making sure you can count on health care when you and your family need it. After years of cuts, neglect and privatization, Alberta’s health care system is stretched pretty thin. But the good news is, we’re finally seeing long-overdue investments and improvements in our hospitals and health care. The bad news is, politicians and the UCP are talking about more cuts and privatization. Cuts are too risky. We know the kind of…

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