<![CDATA[Personal Support Network of Ontario - News]]>Mon, 16 Nov 2015 12:10:23 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Congratulations to Jenny Rodriguez, the winner of the 2015 PSW Professional Development Scholarship!]]>Fri, 30 Oct 2015 15:27:46 GMThttp://www.psno.ca/news/congratulations-to-jenny-rodriguez-the-winner-of-the-2015-psw-professional-development-scholarshipThanks to our founding sponsor Saint Elizabeth Health Care, the PSW Professional Development Scholarship is awarded to one exceptional PSW working in home care to support his or her career advancement as a Personal Support Worker. The value of the scholarship is $2,000, which can be applied to tuition as part of an approved training program.

Tina Hamilton from Saint Elizabeth Health Care announced our winner on Tuesday, October 20 during the 2015 PSNO Conference. Jenny Rodriguez has worked in the field for over 10 years, and though the job has its up and downs, she says that loving her work as a PSW makes it easy.

She will apply her scholarship to the Activation Co-ordinator/Gerontology program at Georgian College, and use what she learns to improve the quality of life for her clients in the Community Home Assistance to Seniors (CHATS) Adult Day Program in Richmond Hill.

PSNO thanks Saint Elizabeth Health Care for sponsoring the scholarship again this year. Congratulations Jenny, we wish you the best in your studies!
Scholarship winner Jenny Rodriguez with OCSA CEO Deborah Simon (left) and Tina Hamilton representing sponsor Saint Elizabeth Health Care (right). Photo by Sue Kelly.
<![CDATA[The 2015 PSW of the Year is Fabiola Vargas!]]>Fri, 23 Oct 2015 18:02:57 GMThttp://www.psno.ca/news/the-2015-psw-of-the-year-is-fabiola-vargasDuring the PSNO Conference on Tuesday, October 20, we celebrated our 2015 PSW of the Year! Over the summer, we sent out a call for nominations across the province, and our volunteer selection committee made up of PSWs and PSW supervisors chose our finalists and winner.

Fabiola Vargas was nominated by her supervisor at CANES Community Care - where she has been working since 1989! She is described as empathetic and flexible, always ready to do a little bit extra for her clients - whether it's stopping at the grocery store to pick up a few essentials, or spending her breaks with clients when they're lonely or need someone to talk to. With 26 years of experience, her knowledge is a resource to her team - who turn to her for guidance and leadership. Way to go, Fabiola!

Click here to read more of Fabiola's story!
2015 PSW of the Year Fabiola Vargas. Photo by Sue Kelly.
From left: Finalist Precious Govere, finalist Nathalie Long, winner Fabiola Vargas and OCSA CEO Deborah Simon. Photo by Sue Kelly.
<![CDATA[2015¬†PSW Professional Development Scholarship]]>Wed, 26 Aug 2015 20:38:08 GMThttp://www.psno.ca/news/2015-psw-professional-development-scholarshipThe Personal Support Network of Ontario and the Ontario Community Support Association  launched the scholarship for Personal Support Workers in 2008. Now in it's 8th year PSNO is pleased to continue this exciting support with the help of our founding sponsor Saint Elizabeth Health Care

This scholarship will be awarded to a Personal Support Worker in the province of Ontario who wishes to advance his/her education in the area of health care, with a focus on home and community support.

Amount of Scholarship: $2,000 

The application deadline is Friday, September 25th, 2015. Please click here for full details or to apply.
<![CDATA[2015 PSNO Conference Bursary]]>Fri, 07 Aug 2015 02:18:11 GMThttp://www.psno.ca/news/2015-psno-conference-bursaryThis year we are pleased to announce a Conference Bursary.  The PSNO  Conference Bursary sponsors PSWs who may not have the opportunity to attend the PSNO Conference.  Each year, the sponsoring organization will choose an area of interest to help focus the bursary. This year, our sponsor Life and Death Matters  is looking for applicants who are interested in Hospice Palliative Care. Life and Death Matters generously offered to support up to 4 PSWs registrations* to the 2015 PSNO Annual Conference. To apply for the conference bursary please click here.  ]]><![CDATA[PSW of the Year 2015 Nominations]]>Fri, 17 Jul 2015 00:37:41 GMThttp://www.psno.ca/news/psw-of-the-year-2015-nominationsThe mission of the Personal Support Network of Ontario is to help personal support professionals carry out their job more effectively by offering access to information, resources and tools as well as providing opportunities to connect with a network of professionals in the field.  PSNO also strives to publicly acknowledge excellence in the delivery of personal support.  

In recognition of their outstanding contributions, PSNO is pleased to announce the 8th annual Personal Support Worker of the Year Award.  Deadline for nominations is Friday, September 4th, 2015.  Finalists will be chosen by October 16th 2015 and the winner announced at PSNO’s 9th Annual Provincial PSW Conference on Tuesday October 20th 
2015. For full details or to download a nomination form please click here

<![CDATA[Statement by Ontario's Health Minister on Personal Support Workers Day]]>Tue, 19 May 2015 20:40:40 GMThttp://www.psno.ca/news/statement-by-ontarios-health-minister-on-personal-support-workers-dayMay 19, 2015 3:45 P.M.Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, issued the following statement today on Personal Support Workers (PSW) Day:

"As our population ages, home and community care is becoming even more important. That's why last week I launched Patients First: A Roadmap to Strengthen Home and Community Care.  Ontario's personal support workers are key to the success of this three-year plan. Each day more than 34,000 personal support workers across the province play an indispensable role in helping seniors stay independent and supporting people with complex care needs. 

Today, on PSW Day, I would like to acknowledge the tremendous work that personal support workers do every day and the important role they play in Ontario's health care system.

People who receive care in their homes heal faster because they are happier and more comfortable in a familiar setting - and personal support workers make this possible. Our drive to strengthen this critical workforce continues, including supporting improved compensation for personal support workers. As part of our commitment to increase the wages of personal support workers in the home and community care sector up to $4.00 over three years, we implemented a $1.50 per hour wage increase in 2014-15 as a first step. We intend to continue to increase wages of personal support workers to meet this commitment, which includes establishing a new minimum base wage of $16.50/hour by April 1, 2016.

We are also working with home and community care stakeholders to support and build a more stable personal support workforce. This includes measures to create more permanent and less casual employment for personal support workers, as well as on-the-job orientation to help new graduates transition into the sector. Personal support workers are an essential partner in our work to transform this sector, so that together we can improve the care our loved ones receive in the home and in the community.

I thank all of Ontario's personal support workers who work in all parts of the health care system for the difference they make in the lives of thousands of Ontarians each and every day."]]>
<![CDATA[YWCA Employment & Training Centre Holding PSW Hiring Event in Scarborough April 14]]>Wed, 08 Apr 2015 15:18:50 GMThttp://www.psno.ca/news/ywca-employment-training-centre-holding-psw-hiring-event-in-scarborough-april-14 The YWCA Employment & Training Centre is having a free PSW Hiring Event on April 14th, 2015 at  1:00pm at 3090 Kingston Road (at McCowan Road), Scarborough. For more information or to register, contact 416-269-0090 X 250.  The YWCA Employment & Training Centre is funded by Employment Ontario to assist jobseekers with their job search needs. 

<![CDATA[Long term care workers demand mandatory patient ratios]]>Wed, 12 Nov 2014 15:41:47 GMThttp://www.psno.ca/news/long-term-care-workers-demand-mandatory-patient-ratiosHealth care workers in long-term care homes are pushing the province to set mandatory staffing levels.

The Ontario Council of Hospital Unions says 91 per cent of workers it surveyed feel they can't provide quality care because they have too many residents to care for.  Read more here.

<![CDATA[PSWs call for end of two-year wage freeze]]>Mon, 10 Nov 2014 20:10:31 GMThttp://www.psno.ca/news/psws-call-for-end-of-two-year-wage-freezeUnifor/Mine Mill Local 598 members were outside the Provincial Building in downtown Sudbury Thursday to protest wage freezes to health care workers in long-term care facilities. In some cases, personal support workers and other health care workers have not seen a raise in two years.  Read more here.]]><![CDATA[VON personal support worker Ronda Dickie named the best in Ontario]]>Thu, 06 Nov 2014 15:33:50 GMThttp://www.psno.ca/news/von-personal-support-worker-ronda-dickie-named-the-best-in-ontarioPicture
Ronda Dickie named Ontario's Support Worker of the Year.  Read more here.