Education Day Recap

Publish date: Thursday, May 03, 2018



Following the conclusion of a busy Annual General Meeting, MNU delegates spent their final day together participating in Education Day. This year featured a panels on psychological health and safety, breakout sessions on a variety of topics, and concluded with a keynote address by comedian Susan Stewart.

The day began with a panel discussion with Jamie Hall (Chief Operating Officer of SAFE Work Manitoba); Dr. Kalen Harlos (Professor in the Department of Business at the University of Winnipeg); and Pamela Hutchinson (Senior Case Manager with Workers’ Compensation Board of Manitoba’s Specialized Services Unit). Moderated by MNU President Sandi Mowat, the discussion covered a wide variety of topics followed by Q&A with attending nurses. Delegates asked detailed questions of the expert panel, such as how to ensure employers follow the Safe Work Manitoba strategy; how to manage workplace bullying and mistreatment; and strategies or improving mental health in the workplace.

    A "Membership Engagement Lunch" was attended by over 80 nurses

Comedian Susan Stewart was the Keynote Speaker for MNU's Education Day.

Following the panel discussion, delegates chose to attend two of four breakout sessions that covered a variety of topics. Workshops included Goodbye Stress. Hello Life! With Allan Kehler; Creating the New Norm with Stephen Hammond; The Science of Well-being and Building Resilience with Louisa Jewell; and Survival Tips for Speaking Up: Assertive Communication at Work with Gerard Murphy.

In between the morning and afternoon breakout sessions, nearly 80 nurses attended a special Membership Engagement Lunch, featuring a discussion with local/worksite leaders that have found creative ways of building solidarity and relationships between union members, and stories of how they solved complex issues in their workplaces. This included presentations by Amber Mitchell, a nurse who successfully lobbied her employer to implement security measures at a health care facility in The Pas; Maria Jonker who has organized ‘educational pizza lunches’ at Seven Oaks Hopsital that attract up to 150 nurses several times per year; Deanna Douglas who has successfully organized nurses throughout Southern Manitoba; and Breanna Harms, president of Assiniboine Community Nurses worksite 144 in the Prairie Mountain Region, who shared methods for building union activism across vast geographical distances.

Education Day concluded with an entertaining performance by comedian Susan Stewart. Susan is a comedian, author, and speaker who has spent the past 15 years entertaining and inspiring people to see the lighter side of life. Throughout her address, Susan reminded delegates of the importance of laughter and shared advice to meet adversity with a sense of humour and a positive outlook.

MNU’s 2018 AGM ran from May 1 – 3 at the Victoria Inn & Convention Centre in Winnipeg. AGM 2019 will take place from April 29 – May 1, 2019 at the same location.



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