Ambulance Crisis Leads Paramedics to Demand More Resources

Up to 40 paramedics in uniform will gather at the Legislature in Edmonton tomorrow to demand the provincial government provide more resources to front-line emergency care. “Ambulance resources are in crisis in Alberta. Far too often, Albertans experiencing a health-care emergency are being forced to wait far too long to get the help they need and deserve,” says Mike Parker, president of the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA), the union that represents about 25,000 health-care…

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HSAA Live Better Day – Energy, Opportunity and You

Have you … Seen a Tesla dance? Driven an electric car? Experienced how sustainable energy works? Learned about clean-energy incentives that can help you save money and live better? If you attended the first HSAA Live Better Day: Energy, Opportunity, and You on Sept. 23 at on our main office in Edmonton, you have now! The clean-energy themed event was open to HSAA members, their friends, and families and had two main components. First was a…

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Mobile Clinics Remove Barriers To Breast-Cancer Screening

To mark breast cancer awareness month in October, HSAA member and mammography technologist Janneta Zelezkina explains how mobile clinics are bringing vital screening to rural communities across Alberta. Photos: Zelezkina, left, and fellow mammography technologist Heather Andrews outside the mobile unit, photo courtesy of Zelezkina. Below, the exterior of the mobile unit and the exam room inside, photos courtesy of the Alberta Cancer Prevention Legacy Fund (ACPLF). With breast cancer awareness month in October, Screen Test…

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Bucket List is One Item Shorter After Trip to Ghana

It has long been a dream of mine to do a volunteer project in Africa using my career as a Medical Laboratory Technologist. The year 2017 would be the year to scratch that off my bucket list because, let’s face it, I am not getting any younger. So, with some financial donations from HSAA (the union’s social-justice committee gave $800) and other help, I made this happen. After researching and contacting various volunteer outfits, I contacted…

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Dear EMS Workers and Firefighters and Children’s Hospital Staff

This letter of recognition is for all you. It is hard to express in words the deep gratitude my family feels for the service you provide. But we cannot miss this opportunity to try to express our feelings on paper because I am sure a lot of the work you do might go unnoticed. Maybe not intentionally but just as a function of our hectic lives and the rapid change of circumstances you deal with. Hopefully…

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HSAA Members Join Dragon Boat Races in Lethbridge

Two HSAA members were among the people taking part in the recent Lethbridge Dragon Boat weekend on Henderson Lake. We were part of the Where’s The Finish?! team, made up of 22 women and one man – he was in charge of steering! HSAA’s Social Justice Committee donated $100 to each of us and that money was put toward the team registration fee, practices and uniform shirts. The Dragon Boat Festival was held June 16-18 and…

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If Food Be The Path To Member Engagement, Cook On

What’s the recipe for a successful Local Unit event? Good food and generous friends would be some key ingredients. Add a bunch of hungry members and you’ve got a hit! Shauna Cruden, a diagnostic sonographer at the Edson Healthcare Centre and Local Unit chair in Edson, organized a BBQ recently and about 50 members turned out to meet fellow members. The use of a fantastic mobile BBQ was donated by her father, Ted Cruden, branch manager…

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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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