Support for Chris Wood our Fellow Member

Hello Members,

This is a very special request from the friends and colleagues of Christopher Wood, Engineering Technologist in the Engineering Services Department at the City of Courtenay.

In case you haven’t heard, Chris is dealing with some major health challenges right now.   He is scheduled for surgery in late December and will be in the hospital through the holidays.  Without any family in town, we’re hoping we can come together to be his surrogate family, and help him get through this difficult time.

Chris will need an extended leave from work, and we know he could use a helping hand. As Chris hasn’t been with the City that long, he doesn’t have access to a large sick bank that would help get him through this tough time. In addition, since Chris just moved to the Comox Valley and started working with us a little over a year ago, he hasn’t had a lot of time to build up a local support network.

Can we work together to help Chris out? If you’d like to help, here are some ideas:

  • Well wishes (his work email is cwood@courtenay.ca)
  • Nutritious, individually packaged meals would be a huge help until Chris’s surgery in late December. As storage space is an issue, we will have a box with his name on it in the freezer at Courtenay City Hall.
  • Gift certificates (grocery, pharmacy, etc)
  • Comfort items like slippers, pyjamas, blankets, books/magazines, pillows, socks, mittens, drives to wherever, etc.

Any other contributions or suggestions are welcome!

If you haven’t had an opportunity yet to get to know Chris, he is a genuinely caring person, with a strong work ethic, sound technical knowledge, and a cheerful and humorous attitude. He’s been a great addition to Engineering Services and the rest of the team at City Hall.

Please see Cammy Dallamore or Nancy Gothard if you’d like to share ideas about how to support Chris. Thank you!!

Bill C-377 Passed into Legislation

On June 30, 2015, Bill C-377 was one of the last bills passed by the Conservative government before the upcoming federal elections. Bill C-377 is the clearest example of the Conservative government’s attack on unions. Click here to read more on Bill C-377.

There is a working group that is attempting to repeal Bill C-377. If you would like to sign the petition to repeal Bill C-377 then click here.

Here is a link to the letter we received from our National President explaining the recent developments. Link to letter

Conservative Government Proposed Major Changes to Pension Plans

In May, our local received this letter in the mail and we wanted to share it with you as it could affect our pension plans in the future if the proposed changes become reality. Here is the letter:
Conservative government proposed major changes to federally regulated defined benefit pension plans

For more information:
http://psacunion.ca/conservatives-version-target-benefit-pension-plans-threat-retirement-security

Walking With Our Sisters K’ómoks is Asking for Volunteers

Walking With Our Sisters K’ómoks is honoured to be bringing from July 31 – August 15, 2015 the memorial installation, Walking With Our Sisters (WWOS) to our community on Vancouver Island. Walking With Our Sisters is currently scheduled to continue touring to over 22 locations over the five next years across North America, before the final closing ceremony in Batoche, Saskatchewan in September of 2019.

At the May 26th general meeting, we had a guest speaker come and speak to us and gave us an open letter of invitation to participate. Here is a link to the invitation.