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The Health Care / Support Division Newsletter: Winter 2014

The Health Care / Support Division Newsletter: Winter 2014


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Executive members are:

Chair Barb De Roche
Vice Chair /
Job Security
Jill McIllwraith
Secretary Becky Thompson
Treasurer Lisa Hovinga
Collective Bargaining Harry Sangha
Health & Safety Leonardo Ho
& Education
Donna Corea

Who we are …


undefinedI am a central registration clerk at Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph Hotel Dieu Hospital in Kingston. I am currently president of Local 443 and alternate executive board member for OPSEU Region 4.

As your new chair of the Hospital Support Sector, I am excited and looking forward to working with you and the new executive for the next two years. We have several new faces joining the executive and a few familiar faces who will continue to work and support the members in our sector. Our executive team brings many skills and a vast wealth of knowledge from across the province. I would like to give a special thank you to the outgoing executive for their years of dedication and commitment to their locals and the sector.

The 2013 BPS Conference has come and gone and winter is slowly departing. Your new sector executive met in early September and held a conference call in December. We have been busy developing the sector work plan for the next term. We will continue our mandate for coordinated bargaining, addressing our RPN’s issues, along with several other initiatives.

As always we would like to hear from our hospital support locals. We want to hear about your concerns and achievements. The Sector Activity Reports are sent out by your executive contacts, quarterly. Please complete the activity report as it helps us to address or focus on issues of concern to you, our members.

The sector will endeavour to provide updates periodically for areas of concern. I encourage you to contact any of the executive at any time via the email addresses found at the top of this page. Again, I look forward to working with you all. Contact me at anytime at

In Solidarity,


undefinedLocal 260 – I am currently working extensively on Transitional Return to Work at Grey Bruce Health Services. As an OPSEU member since 1999 my former positions include president and vice-president of my local, chair of Sector 11 and chair of the health care divisional council.


undefinedLocal 275. I live in the Owen Sound area and work as a registration clerk at South Bruce Grey Health Services. I look forward to this term serving you as secretary of the committee.


undefinedI have worked as an RPN at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in Barry’s Bay for 25 years and an active OPSEU member for more than 20 years. I believe that we all deserve a safe work environment and equality of pay in the workplace. I am looking forward to serving on the executive as treasurer.


undefinedLocal 374 steward; former positions include president, vice-president and member of the bargaining team. I work as an operating room assistant (27 years) at MacKenzie Health Hospital in Richmond Hill. I am a firm believer in Solidarity as together we can overcome every challenge. Fair contracts are important for our members.


undefinedLocal 374 chief steward and bargaining team member. I work in environmental services at Mackenzie Health in Richmond Hill. I am also a representative on the joint occupational health and safety committee. I am pleased to serve you with health and safety issues on the executive.


undefinedLocal 443 chief steward. I work as Secretary II at Hotel Dieu Hospital in Kingston. Last year I was active in the Ontario Health Coalition working to keep our hospitals public. As your committee member responsible for communication and education I plan to keep you informed on current information as it pertains to the health support workers of Ontario.

Hospital Support Negotiator & Staff Representative:

Anastasios Zafiriadis
100 Lesmill Rd.
Toronto, Ontario M3B 3P8 
Toll Free 1 800 268-7376

Note Worthy:

  • Look for the Hospital Support Caucus at the OPSEU Annual Convention in Toronto, May 8-10, 2014
  • Please fill out and send in the Activity Reports. These reports help us see trends happening throughout the sector and become better prepared for issues affecting our members.
  • During our discussions at BPS we had requested photographs of RPNs at work / in uniform to be used for posters. The photographs can be of individuals or groups. Please forward your photos to Barb DeRoche or Donna Corea. Your contact information must be included in all submissions.


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