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Welcome to BCGEU's education events page. Below you'll find education events in your area and around BC. 

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  • Trauma-Aware Resilience Training for Frontline Community Workers: Taking care of ourselves mindfully

    Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 06:00 PM
    Prince Rupert Public Library in Prince George, BC, Canada

    So much is expected of you when you serve the public.

    People who've had traumatic experiences often express big emotions and can behave unpredictably.

    As community workers, you might find yourself on heightened alert as you repeatedly face others' distress and not-infrequent anger. If you do administrative work, you might be transcribing difficult information, seeing disturbing photos and talking on the phone with people who are struggling.

    Your role can be hampered by situations beyond your control, especially the limited resources you have to offer them. Many moments during your work day can be challenging. Our bodies respond instinctively under pressure: the neck or jaw tightens; the stomach gets queasy. Regular exposure to these taxing situations can leave us with chronic health conditions: irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, etc. and exhaustion.

    Physical discomfort requires physical strategies. This training offers simple techniques you can practice to get you and your body working together. My hope is to leave you with renewed energy having practiced techniques you can implement to lessen the impact of your work. Come prepared to ignite your curiosity and explore new ways of taking care of yourself, especially in those tough moments.

    Learning objectives:

    • Experience tuning into automatic, instinctive cues at an earlier stage of feeling uneasy.
    • Practice a variety of effortless tools you can use right in the challenging moment that help you think clearly and feel better.

    What to expect from Shayna's training:

    • An interactive combination of theory, reflective dialogue and practice
    • Choices of ways to engage with the activities (that aren't role plays)
    • An opportunity to meet other BCGEU members you may not have met before Hopefully some new tools and some laughs.

    Shayna Hornstein is an adult educator, a body-focused counsellor and registered physical therapist. Her workshops improve resilience and communication skills. In her clinical practice she helps people lessen the impact that stress has on our bodies She loves supporting BCGEU members who do important work in our communities.

  • I’m not taking it personally, but my body sure is! - Easing the cumulative impact of working with the public

    Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 12:30 PM
    Prince Rupert Public Library in Prince George, BC, Canada

    He just shouted at you. Knowing that your co-worker is stressed or that this customer has a lot on their mind isn't settling your racing heart or the tightness that just landed in your stomach. You tell yourself not to take it personally, but your body isn't listening! You want to speak up, but you can't… or a burst of sharp words escape that you regret later.

    These stressful encounters land in our bodies and unplug the brain. These are natural physical reactions that need physical strategies. This training offers simple techniques to help you in these situations so that you can think clearly and quickly bounce back to being yourself. 

    Learning Objectives: 

    By the end of the workshop you will be able to:

    • Describe how our nervous system automatically responds to challenges or stressors
    • Apply various physical techniques to ease the discomfort right in the moment

    What to expect from Shayna's training:

    • An interactive combination of instruction, reflective dialogue and lots of practice
    • Choices of ways to engage with the activities (that aren't role plays)
    • Hopefully some new and interesting stuff & some laughs

    Shayna Hornstein is an adult educator, a body-focused counsellor and registered physical therapist. Her workshops improve resilience and communication skills. Her workshops improve resilience and communication skills. In her clinical practice she helps people lessen the impact that stress has on our bodies She loves supporting BCGEU members who do important work in our communities.

  • Tough Conversations: keeping your cool when things get challenging

    Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 12:30 PM
    Prince Rupert Public Library in Prince George, BC, Canada

    Tough conversations can happen with anyone: boss, member, co-worker, client. Sometimes you can anticipate them. At other times, they blindside you. Not only do you feel the pressure of these exchanges, but your neck knots up. Your stomach turns somersaults. Then it gets hard to think clearly and handle it as you'd like to.

    Physical discomfort requires physical strategies.​ This training offers simple techniques to get you and your body working together so you can stay on track and excel under pressure.

    Learning objectives:

    By the end of the half-day workshop you will be able to:

    • Describe how our nervous system responds to challenges or stressors
    • Experience the relief of tuning in to internal clues at an earlier stage
    • Apply different physical techniques that feel good & keep our thinking brain online.

    What to expect from Shayna's training:

    • An interactive combination of theory, reflective dialogue, and practice
    • Choices of ways to engage with the activities (that aren't role plays)
    • That the pace of this workshop is likely slower than your usual pace Hopefully new and interesting ideas & some laughs

    Shayna Hornstein is an adult educator, a body-focused counselor and registered physical therapist. Her workshops improve resilience and communication skills. Her workshops improve resilience and communication skills. In her clinical practice she helps people lessen the impact that stress has on our bodies She loves supporting BCGEU members who do important work in our communities.

  • Paint your own ornament

    Friday, December 13, 2019 at 06:00 PM
    BCGEU Williams Lake Area Office in Williams Lake, BC, Canada

    Create your very own Christmas wall/door decoration. Paint and decorate this 14" ornament in a few easy steps with Out of the Blue Creations. All supplies are included for a fun and enjoyable evening. 

    This class is free and sponsored by your local Cross Component Committee and BCGEU Learning. Space is limited.
     
    We require at least 72 hours' notice to cancel your registration. If you do not cancel and fail to show up for the class, it deprives another member from participating.
     
     Please bring an appetizer to share.

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  • LOCAL 1003 - Enhanced Stewards' Training

    Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 09:00 AM
    BCGEU Lower Mainland Area Office in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    To: BCGEU Local 1003 Stewards

    Re: Enhanced Stewards' Training for Local 1003 Stewards

     

    Agenda: This all-day training will provide you with an opportunity to refresh your steward skills, gain in-depth knowledge on common grievances issues critical to our members, as well as learn the difference between being assertive and being aggressive. We also hope to have a guest speaker from our Occupational Health and Safety department present on the importance of our own good mental health as stewards and how to recognize problematic signs of declining mental health in ourselves and our colleagues. Come learn some new case law, practice your skills, and learn how to ensure your own and others good mental health in the workplace.

     

    Please register by December 5th at 5pm so we process your LOA.

    Note courses require a minimum of five (5) participants.

     

  • StepUp Course

    Tuesday, January 07, 2020 at 09:00 AM
    BCGEU Victoria Area Office in Victoria, BC, Canada

     

    STEP UP, our new introductory, one-day course, will introduce you to the BCGEU, explore our common values, union culture, and our diverse community of members. Through stories of solidarity and courage, you will gain the strength and support you need to begin your journey as a new or returning steward. Along the way, you will learn about your fundamental union rights and useful union tools and strategies for getting started in your role. Members will leave feeling more informed, confident and ready to support a member through a Step 1 grievance. This course is the first step on our new learning pathway for stewards.

    Paid leaves from work, accommodation, travel and meal expenses, if required, will be paid for by the Union. Lunch will be provided for the days you are in class.
    The course is scheduled for:

    Date:
    January 7, 2020
    Time: 
    9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Please note that our office does not open until 8:30 a.m.)

    Location:
    BCGEU Victoria Area Office
    2994 Douglas St, Victoria, BC
    Main Entrance and parking available in the back of the building off of Burnside Rd.

    As space is limited, registrations are being accepted on a first come, first-served basis. To register, go to:

     

    The deadline for registration is December 20, 2019. Please call the area office at 250-388-9948 if you have any questions or concerns.

    In solidarity 
    Victoria Area OfficeMoveUP/sak

     

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  • Steward Fundamentals Course

    Wednesday, January 08, 2020 at 09:00 AM through January 09, 2020
    BCGEU Victoria Area Office in Victoria, BC, Canada

     

    Steward Fundamentals: Steward Fundamentals is a two-day foundation–level course for all stewards. It focuses on the essential skills every steward needs to know. Through discussion and interactive group activities, you will be introduced to the key roles and responsibilities of a steward as advocate, educator, organizer and communicator. Stewards will leave feeling more confident and effective in their role and skillful in their interactions with members and the employer.

    This course is for elected stewards and local officers who have not previously taken the Basic Steward Training in the past five years. We recommend that stewards and local officers take the one-day STEP UP course before taking Steward Fundamentals.

    · A union-paid leave-of-absence is provided for this course.

    · Travel, meals and accommodation if required, are also provided.

    · Reasonable child and or other dependent care expenses may be reimbursed.
    The course is scheduled for:

    · Date: January 8 and 9, 2020
    Time: 
    9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Please note that our office does not open until 8:30 a.m.)

    Location:
    BCGEU Victoria Area Office
    2994 Douglas St, Victoria, BC

    Main Entrance and parking available in the back of the building off of Burnside Rd.
    As space is limited, registrations are being accepted on a first come, first-served basis. If you would like to attend the training, please register via the link:

    The deadline for registration is December 20, 2019. Please call the area office at 250-388-9948 if you have any questions or concerns.
    In solidarity
    Victoria Area Office MoveUP/sak

     

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  • Area 03 STEP UP: An intro to the BCGEU for newly elected and returning stewards

    Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 09:00 AM
    BCGEU Lower Mainland Area Office in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    STEP UP: An intro to the BCGEU for newly elected and returning stewards

     STEP UP, our new introductory, one-day course, will introduce you to the BCGEU, explore our common values, union culture, and our diverse community of members. Through stories of solidarity and courage, you will gain the strength and support you need to begin your journey as a new or returning steward. Along the way, you will learn about your fundamental union rights and useful union tools and strategies for getting started in your role. Newly elected and returning stewards will leave feeling more informed, confident and ready to support a member through a Step 1 grievance. This course is the first step on our new learning pathway for stewards.

  • Area 02 STEP UP Training January 2020

    Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 09:00 AM
    Nanaimo Area Office in Nanaimo, BC, Canada

     

    To All BCGEU Stewards and Local Executives

     Re Step UP Training

    STEP UP, our new introductory, 1-day course, will introduce new and returning stewards to the BCGEU, explore our common values, union culture, and our diverse community of members. Through stories of solidarity and courage, you will gain the strength and support you need to begin your journey as a new or returning steward. Along the way, you will learn about your fundamental union rights and useful union tools and strategies for getting started in your role. You will leave feeling more informed, confident and ready to support a member through a Step 1 grievance. This course is the first step on our new learning pathway for stewards.

     A union paid leaves-of-absence is provided for this course. Travel, meals and accommodation, if required, are also provided. Lunch will be provided for the days you are in class.

     Date: January 28, 2020

    Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    Location: BCGEU North Island Area Office

    106-1650 Terminal Ave N, Nanaimo

    (Please park in designated BCGEU parking spots.)

     Please bring a copy of your collective agreement.

     As space is limited, registrations are being accepted on a first come, first-served basis. Please register via the link below.

    https://events.bcgeu.ca/area_02_step_up_training_january_2020

     

    The deadline for registration is January 13, 2020. Please call the area office at 1‑800‑667‑1997 if you have any questions or concerns.

     

     

  • Area 03 Steward Fundamentals 2-Day Course

    Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 09:00 AM through January 30, 2020
    BCGEU Lower Mainland Area Office in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Steward Fundamentals is a two-day foundation-level course for all stewards. It focuses on the essential skills every steward needs to know. Through discussion and interactive group activities, you will be introduced to the key roles and responsibilities of a steward as advocate, educator, organizer and communicator. Stewards will leave feeling more confident, effective in their role, and skillful in their interactions with members and the employer. 

    This course is for elected stewards and local officers who have not previously taken the Basic Steward Training in the past five years. We recommend that stewards and local officers take the one-day STEP UP course before taking Steward Fundamentals.

    · A union-paid leave-of-absence is provided for this course.

    · Travel, meals and accommodation, if required, are also provided.

    · Reasonable child and/or other dependent care expenses may be reimbursed.