Your Stories

The stories on this page are a reflection of what is actually happening to working families in Saskatchewan. These stories are about real people.

They are not alone, there are similar realities being lived in our province.

The stories below may shock some but the intent is to make you, the reader, think about what’s actually going on in Saskatchewan so you can ask informed and pointed questions to candidates of all parties as they campaign before the provincial election on November 7, 2011.

We hope that after November 7, 2011 you will continue to keep MLAs accountable to the people of this province.

Do you have a story you’d like to share? Click on this link to share your story.

Renee’s Story: Professional, dedicated, yet she has no place to call home

Renee works every day to help people who are facing severe addiction issues in her community.  She provides professional counsel to men and women. She hears their stories and understands their difficulties. Little do her clients know that she is facing her own challenges.

Renee is the mother of two school age children and has a wonderful husband. However, all is not well in their world. (more…)

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The story of the billboards

What inspired these ads? Quite simply, our members. The work SEIU-West members do is a valuable contribution to the day-to-day life of the people of Saskatchewan.

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Your Stories: A caregiver shares

Judy Polsfut is a strong, proud member of SEIU-West and if asked she will share her long history of care-giving experiences within the community of Swift Current. Judy was a Special Care Aide at the Palliser Regional Care Centre for over 35 years.  She began her care provider role in 1975 and she immediately understood her life’s work to be the most valuable part of the residents day.  She could wipe a tear, bring a smile or simply spend the extra minute reassuring a resident – whatever kind act she extended was always warmly appreciated.  (more…)

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Behind the Billboard – Health Care Sector

Private for Profit  = Cuts in Public Funding?

By Lisa Zunti

As an SEIU-West member who works as a Licensed Practical Nurse on a surgical care unit, I have been attending meetings of the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative Guiding Coalition for over two years under the direction of our current provincial government mandate.  As a committed health care professional, I was excited at the prospect of such opportunity to actively influence future solutions to increase surgeries within our health care system.  Unfortunately, I come away from these meetings with feelings of despair and futility. (more…)

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Behind the Billboard – Education Sector

Stop the Cuts to Education Assistants – Our Children are Worth More

The Sask Party initiative to cut Education Assistants from the Education sector is causing real problems for families.  Shelley Campbell is a mother, a care provider in long term care, and a strong advocate for improved funding to both our Public and Catholic school systems in Saskatoon.  Why?  Shelley has a 9 year old boy that relies upon these resources to complete his schooling as he suffers with autism.  Her son has been refused access to the two schools conveniently located to the family home.

Shelley has been asking her MLA, she has been asking Principals and she has been asking School Board administration: How can I go to work wondering where my nine year old son is?  (more…)

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