We have a great week planned – filled with amazing opportunities to network with colleagues from across the country, to learn from experts in their fields, to become inspired by other activists, to engage and Speak Up! on issues facing nurses, and of course….to have fun!
Thank you to all the delegates who joined us for some fresh air and exercise on Monday afternoon. What a great way to reconnect with old friends, meet new friends from across Canada, and see beautiful downtown Calgary.
Linda Silas, CFNU president, kicked off the 2017 CFNU Biennial Convention with the Healthy Walk to energize both the bodies and the minds of the delegates before we get down to business.
Hosted by the United Nurses of Alberta (UNA), the Welcome Reception was just a sneak peek into what the week holds for us.
Hassan Yussuff, Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) president, shared words of encouragement and solidarity from our brothers and sisters in the labour movement.
Yussuff opened with a clear and simple message, “nurses are the heart and soul of the healthcare system in this great country.”
“You are the backbone of the system that makes the system what it is. If you go back through the history of our country, the history of the healthcare system, and how it has change, how it has evolved and continues to change, nurses have been and will be leading change”.
“The work you do every day, your commitment at bargaining table, pushes others to do better….Your voice, your activism, your leadership has strengthened the labour movement…The work we [labour movement] are doing together, will make this country even better for the next 150 years.”