Unifor Local 468-W works for the Health of BC and advocates for Social Justice. Unifor Canada is dedicated to improving the lives of workers and their families in Canada and around the world.
Local 468-W also wants to let people know about an important resource for non-unionized workers in BC created by the Hospital Employees Union (HEU) in conjunction with Together Against Poverty Society (TAPS) in Victoria.
Employment Rights in BC provides clear information on employee rights and rules in BC as set out in the Employment Standards Act, Human Rights Code, Labour Relations Code, Workers Compensation Act and Personal Information Protection Act. The Guide is available in English, Punjabi and Filipino.
Download the Employment Rights Guide here: www.heu.org/rightsatwork
and help spread the word about this important resource.
Or pick up printed copies from the TAPS office in downtown Victoria.
Donna Randall created the Essential Family Caregiving Agreement to help families and individuals who are caring for a loved one, especially those who are, or will be, caring for seniors and elders.
She has created an easy-to-use tool to make personalized Caregiving Plans and Agreements which takes into account both the needs of the caregiver(s) and care recipient. Because the health needs of a family member can suddenly change, taking the time to create a detailed plan will reduce stress when and if this happens.
"When the condition of a care recipient results in altering daily affairs, everyone involved is affected. When such a change occurs, it is better to have a plan in place, rather than making decisions under pressure. By talking about and formalizing details, you can avoid difficulties now and later." -- Donna Randall
Donna serves families in the Greater Victoria area and beyond (online). Check out her website and blog of informative and touching senior caregiving stories. If you would like to share your caregiving experiences, please get in touch with her via her website.
How the Essential Family Caregiving Agreement came to be:
Donna developed The Essential Family Caregiving Agreement from personal experience with her own elder mother who had an unexpected sudden health decline. Through this, she experienced numerous caregiving complexities involving the health care system, health services, and lack thereof. She had to navigate these systems while going from one crisis to another. She determined that there must be a better way to help families and individuals who are caring for someone with health problems, medical challenges, and finally palliative care needs. Later, when another caregiving responsibility arose with another family member, Donna and her family consulted lawyers to ask for advice. Lawyers strongly recommended a formal family caregiving agreement. After searching for one and finding none, Donna created The Essential Family Caregiving Agreement and Guidance Materials using her professional writing and research skills, as well as her personal experiences. It is her goal to streamline the process for those contemplating the responsibility of family caregiving with her main focus on helping those looking after an aging and ailing family member. Donna has worked with many non-profits (health, education and arts sectors) in her capacity as a professional writer and has a Masters of Arts degree.
Is the care of a loved one in your hands? Donna at DFRENT.org can help. Email: dfr (at) dfrent (dot) org.
2015 update: The Victoria Car Share Co-op is now Modo Car Co-op
Modo Car Share Co-op has a diverse fleet of 20+ fuel-efficient vehicles conveniently located throughout Greater Victoria.
Their fleet includes fuel efficient four-door sedans, two-door coupes, hatchbacks; 1 hybrid Honda Insight, 1 Mazda B2300 truck, 1 Ford Transit Connect 2-seat utility/cargo van and 2 Mazda micro-vans. Members can make reservations for any available vehicle at any time.
All vehicles have automatic transmissions and are child-seat friendly. Some have options such as bike carrying systems and roof racks.
Car-sharing is good for the environment and good for your budget. If you drive less less than 3 to 5 times per week, car sharing is more affordable than car ownership.
Car sharing is also convenient. Co-op staff take care of maintenance, insurance, cleaning, and vehicle replacement issues.
You can book a car share vehicle for a minimum of 30 minutes, and up to a week or more. Shareholding members only pay when they drive. The closer you live to a fleet vehicle, the more convenient car-sharing will be for you. Check this map to view locations.
Members report that vehicles are always in good shape; rate structure makes longer, overnight trips a better deal than renting a car; and that online bookings are convenient and user-friendly.
Modo Co-op has car-share options in other cities giving people the advantage of reserving vehicles outside of Victoria.
Thank you to Aristocraft Hairstyles for sponsoring 40 copies of My Help Book 2014 to the Burnside Gorge Community Centre.
Aristocraft is a bright and spacious hair salon with three experienced, creative and friendly stylists –including a barber– who offer a wide range of affordable haircare services for men, women and children.
New owner Debbie Textor took over Aristocraft three years ago and has completely modernized and remodelled the interior of the former barbershop. Along with energy and enthusiasm she brings 16 years of experience – and occasionally her friendly four-legged client greeter, Sam.
Walk-ins are accommodated whenever possible, however, making an appointment is advised –especially with owner/stylist Debbie (who is often fully booked).
Aristocraft offers: Adult, Seniors and Children Hair Cuts, Perms, Colours, Highlights, Touch-ups, Conditioning Treatments, Up-do's, Creative Styles, Beard Trim/Neck Touch Up and Military Cuts.
For appointments, hours, and price quotes, phone: 250-388-5825. Ample parking (back of salon).
Aristocraft Hairstyles | 680a Gorge Road East, Victoria BC | Phone 250-388-5825
Thank you to sponsor Security House Accounting Services for sponsoring and donating 40 copies of My Help Book 2014 to 1Up: Single Parent Resource Centre.
Security House Accounting Services provides bookkeeping, accounting, and tax preparation for individuals and small businesses. Their friendly and efficient staff pride themselves on providing exceptional customer service. They offer convenient records pick-up and deliveries as wall as help for seniors who prefer to have someone from Security House come to their home, instead of going to the Security House office.
Their services include affordable personal tax returns; fixed-fee monthly bookkeeping services, and accounting and business consulting. They also have a "Shoebox Organizing Service" to organize and summarize receipts, invoices, bank and credit card statements, and anything else that has piled up (no pre-sorting necessary).
Owner Colleen Hoggarth, originally from Ontario, has over 25 years experience in accounting and management as well as providing management for a real estate investment company. She is an active member of the e-Women's Network, Westshore Women's Business Network, and Peninsula Women's Network.
Check out the many tax tips on Security House's facebook page and the Security House blog including their list of important dates for tax season.
Security House is a member of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce.
Contact Security House 250-590-5162
766 Hillside Ave, Victoria, BC V8T 1Z6
Thank you to Top Shelf Bookkeeping for sponsoring and donating 40 copies of My Help Book 2014 to Saanich Neighborhood Place (located in the Pearkes Recreation Centre behind Tillicum Mall).
Since 1994 Top Shelf has provided extensive bookkeeping services to both for-profit and not-for-profit business sectors.
Their services also include: personal tax services, small business, self-employed; corporate & charitable tax returns; e-file service; year ends and financial statements; weekly, monthly, quarterly or yearly ledger maintenance; accounts receivable and payable, project accounting and more. With a’la carte bookkeeping services, businesses can choose the level of service right for them. They will even convert manual paper bookkeeping systems to computerized.
Top Shelf was founded in 1994 by Brian Ritchie who began his bookkeeping career in 1985 and since then has filled out an estimated 10,000 personal income tax returns, hundreds of corporate tax returns, and has helped hundreds of charities with their bookkeeping and reporting requirements. Brian's wealth of skill and familiarity with bookkeeping for charities comes not only from professional experience, but also from personal experience volunteering for a wide range of organizations early in his career. His skills bookkeeping for business started through entrepreneurial friends and has grown to include land developers, retailers, strata corporations, trades-people and more.
See the Top Shelf website for a full list of tax and bookkeeping services offered in the Victoria and Southern Vancouver Island areas. They are experienced, professional as well as being friendly and community-minded. Their website also has helpful forms and important links.
Contact Top Shelf Bookkeeping
Saanich Location: #101-76 Gorge Road. West, Victoria, BC, V9A 1M1
Phone 250-388-9423, Fax 250-361-9424
Esquimalt Location: #1253 B Esquimalt Road, Victoria, BC, V9A 3P4
Phone 250-590-4050, Fax 250-590-5435
See their website for tax season hours.
Thank you to Salvador Davis & Co for sponsoring and donating 40 copies of My Help Book 2014 to the Shoal Centre in Sidney BC. Since 1968 Salvador Davis & Co have served Sidney, the Saanich Peninsula, and the Gulf Islands in matters of Real Estate, Powers of Attorney, Wills, Health Care Directives, & Representation Agreements. They also serve Salt Spring Island by appointment. For three years in a row they won 1st place in the Peninsula's Reader's Choice Award for Financial and Legal Services. On their website you can also find information and links regarding 2011 changes to BC's Adult Guardianship Laws.
Contact Salvador Davis & Company:
Toll Free 1-866-956-3951
See their website for full contact information.
The Shoal Centre (10030 Resthaven Drive Sidney BC) provides many services and recreation opportunities to the local community. They have assisted living, volunteer services including volunteer drivers, food services (lunch, dinner and catering), youth employment services, as well as many activities, special events, recreation and learning opportunities. Contact them for facility rental options and catering for your event.
Contact The Shoal Centre:
See their contact page for their full directory
Contact My Help Book by email if you are a company who wishes to sponsor and donate copies of My Help Book to a non-profit helping organization; or if you are a representative of a non-profit and wish to enquire about receiving sponsored copies of My Help Book 2014.
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