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First Personal Support Worker Day

Posted by Brian Shevel on 26 May 2016

Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region (www.HomeCareAssistance-Toronto.com), the leading provider of non-medical, in-home senior care in the Greater Toronto Area, is weighing in on the first Personal Support Worker Day in Ontario.

Unifor, Canada's largest private sector union, has teamed up with the province of Ontario to declare the first ever Personal Support Worker (PSW) Day on May 19. The move was done to recognize the contributions of thousands of PSWs in the province. (Source: "Unifor marks first ever Personal Support Worker Day, calls for safer workplaces," Yahoo! Finance, May 19, 2016; https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/unifor-marks-first-ever-personal-182100068.html.)

"PSW's are a big part of providing care to seniors in Ontario," says Brian Shevel, president of Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region. "It's important that their contributions be recognized on a national scale, so Unifor and the Ontario government should be commended for taking this step."

The province has also agreed to increase the minimum wage of PSWs by April of next year. Ontario's Regional Director at Unifor Katha Fortier says the increase is "welcome," and hopes that the next move will be more "predictable" working hours to help encourage young people to become PSWs.

"Everyone wants to be paid fairly for what they do," Shevel explains. "Especially for these workers who are helping to care for seniors and other members of the communities, being compensated in proportion to their value is all anyone is really asking for. It's another good step by the province and hopefully one of many."

"Permanent jobs is an issue with PSWs, as much of the work is schedule is considered casual, but Unifor National President Jerry Dias has also said that the province has promised to ensure more consistency in the scheduling," Shevel concludes. "Only good can come from this arrangement and hopefully both groups will continue to build on this excellent start."

Home Care Assistance Toronto/York region continues to offer home care support for seniors within its community. Learn more about caregivers from Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region by visiting www.HomeCareAssistance-Toronto.com.
Brian ShevelAuthor: Brian Shevel
About: I am originally from South Africa from a small city called Bloemfontein. After I completed my education, I went to work with my late-father who had a wholesale business selling clothes and shoes to retail stores around the country. I was in the business till I left for Canada in 1993. In Canada, I have run several businesses in a variety of industries. Although I experienced success, I missed helping people. I learned from my parents that helping seniors was important to their well-being and of great value to the community. Volunteer work remains a priority in my life. I am a past president of Bnai Brith and serve on many other committees.
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