International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (May 17, 2023)

Posted May 16, 2023, 10:38am

May 17, 2023 is the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). This day aims to raise awareness about the discrimination, violence, and prejudice faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals worldwide.|| It promotes inclusivity, equality, and human rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. IDAHOBIT encourages individuals, organizations, and governments to take action to combat homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia, so together we can create a more inclusive and accepting society.||

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Speech and Hearing Month

Posted May 15, 2023, 12:06pm

May is Speech and Hearing Month, a time to recognize the important role that early detection and intervention play in addressing communication disorders.|| UPSE thanks our speech-language pathologists (S-LPs) and audiologists who dedicate themselves to helping individuals communicate effectively.|| The theme for this year, "Connecting Through Communication. S-LPs and Audiologists Empower You," highlights their invaluable contributions in empowering people to connect and engage with the world around them.|| Let us extend our gratitude to these professionals for their unwavering commitment and support in improving lives through effective communication.||

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Family Violence Prevention Week (May 15-21, 2023)

Posted May 15, 2023, 10:30am

Family Violence Prevention Week (May 15-21, 2023) is an annual event dedicated to raising awareness and preventing family violence. This year's theme, "Healing Communities," emphasizes the importance of fostering supportive environments for individuals and families affected by violence.|| Let's come together, promote understanding, and actively engage in activities that contribute to healing, creating safer spaces, and building stronger, healthier communities for everyone.|| || Wednesday, May 17, 2023 is Wear Purple Day|| Everyone is encouraged to wear purple to raise awareness and to remember victims of violence and their families. Let's show that violence in any relationship is not acceptable.||

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National Union 2023 Scholarships!

Posted May 9, 2023, 1:49pm

Attention UPSE Members: online applications for the National Union 2023 Scholarships are now available. The webpage outlines the unique entry requirements for each of our scholarships. See info (here).

Please note that some criteria for scholarships have changed. The qualifications required for the Scholarship for Indigenous Students have been modified. As well, all scholarships are now open to students with a full or part-time course of study leading to a diploma or degree. The part-time course load option has been added as a result of a constitutional resolution.

The deadline for applications is Friday, July 7, 2023 at 9 pm EDT at which time the portal will close. Entrants may apply to any or all scholarships that they are eligible for but only one award may be received. Due to the eligibility rules for the Young Worker Scholarships, applicants may re-apply providing they have not previously won this scholarship, they are still in school, and are under the age of 31.


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National Nursing Week (May 8-14, 2023)

Posted May 8, 2023, 12:31pm

The theme of National Nursing Week this year, Our Nurses - Our Future, emphasizes the importance of investing in nursing and recognizing the vital role nurses play in healthcare. This includes supporting nursing education and training programs, promoting diversity and inclusion in the nursing profession, and creating opportunities for nurses to advance their careers, and make a difference in their communities. Join us in thanking all levels of nurses in healthcare for their unwavering dedication where they continue to work short-staffed under stressful conditions while providing essential care and support to Islanders. Together, let’s show our appreciation and work with unions to ensure the employer supports their most valuable resources on the front- lines of the healthcare system.

Karen Jackson, UPSE President

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Red Dress Day! (May 5, 2023)

Posted May 5, 2023, 9:51am

Today, on Red Dress Day, we honour the memories of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls across Canada. Let's take a moment to remember their lives and stand in solidarity with Indigenous communities. We must continue to raise awareness and take action to address the systemic issues that contribute to this tragedy.||

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Thank a Youth Worker!

Posted May 5, 2023, 9:41am

Youth workers play a critical role in supporting and empowering young people to reach their full potential. On Youth Worker Day, let's take a moment to recognize and appreciate the dedication, compassion, and hard work of these amazing individuals. Thank you for making a positive impact in the lives of our youth and shaping the future of our communities. #YouthWorkerDay||

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UPSE Women’s Conference Booked!

Posted May 4, 2023, 2:45pm

The UPSE Women's Conference on Friday, May 26, 2023 is now fully booked.|| The conference will focus on women's health and wellness with a variety of guest speakers.||

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2023 Mental Health Week

Posted May 4, 2023, 1:59pm

The theme for the 2023 Mental Health Week, "My Story," reminds us that everyone has a unique and valuable story to share when it comes to mental health.|| By working together and sharing our stories, we can promote a meaningful message that emphasizes the importance of reducing barriers to mental health support for everyone.|| UPSE members work every day to support those who are struggling with mental health issues, help to reduce stigma, and prioritize the importance of our mental health.||

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