The Year Ahead for Friends of Medicare
Karen Werlin - Friends of Medicare Treasurer
To our members and supporters,
If we haven't met yet I should introduce myself, I'm Karen Werlin, your new Treasurer with Friends of Medicare.
You probably read about our past Treasurer and long-time board member Elisabeth Ballermann moving on after her election to the Secretary-Treasurer position with the National Union of Public and General Employees.
Just recently retired from my work as one of the founding staff and office manager at Public Interest Alberta, I had decided to put some of my newly found free time towards the important work being done at Friends of Medicare. I joined the Board at the May AGM, and was elected treasurer at our September Board meeting.Read more
3 Reasons the Cold Lake Points West Living Lock-Out is Important for Patient Care
Friends of Medicare supporting the staff on December 28, 2016
With the holidays behind us, many of us were able to reconnect and refresh with family and friends.
For the staff and patients at the for-profit supportive living facility run by Points West Living in Cold Lake, those holiday traditions were disrupted.
Despite extreme cold weather warnings in Cold Lake, the AUPE-represented staff were given lockout notice and sent out of the building on Friday, December 16 at 8:30 a.m. Facing freezing elements and separation from their residents, the staff remained united in their attempt to secure their first contract despite the adversity. Family members and residents approached the picket lines with mitts & snacks along with much-needed encouragement. As of this writing the weather has gotten warmer, but the lock-out continues. Here’s why patient advocates should be paying attention: