Appeal for support of Saskatchewan Members

Dear CASC Members;

By now we are sure that many of you have heard about the announcement last week contained in the Saskatchewan provincial budget that eliminates funding for spiritual care within health care in the province. This decision means Saskatchewan is about to become the only province in Canada that will not pay for spiritual care in health region facilities. You can imagine how this affects our members in Saskatchewan, essentially all of them have lost their jobs and are unemployed. The Board has been involved in responding to this announcement, and our President Philip Weaver was interviewed this week by CBC and other media networks.

The Board is appealing to all of our members to utilize your social media platforms to share, tweet, pin, the stories that are coming out regarding this decision. We are aware that there are concerns and issues related to social media communication, but this story is out there in these platforms and so we’re asking you to keep the story alive! We have made this decision for two main reasons: 1) we believe it is one way in which we, as CASC members across the country can do something concrete to demonstrate our support and solidarity with our colleagues in Saskatchewan, and 2) the more this is kept before the media, and hopefully the Saskatchewan provincial government, the more the possibility of having this decision overturned.

The Board is also reaching out to religious bodies in Saskatchewan and the Health Care professional colleges asking for their support in speaking out against this decision.

For your convenience we are providing you with the links to articles that have already been published on social media platforms for you to share.
http://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/hospital-chaplains-fall-victim-to-provincial-budget?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#link_time=1490658764

http://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/hospital-chaplains-fall-victim-to-provincial-budget

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/spiritual-care-in-sask-health-facilities-falls-victim-to-budget-cuts-1.4042608

 

Marc Doucet B.A. M.Div. RP
Past President
Canadian Association for Spiritual Care
Association canadienne de soins spirituels
416-603-5378

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  1. Rev. (Dr.) James Otitoju says

    Dear collegues,
    It is always good to know that in difficult times, there would be someone who will stand by you to encourage you. You have been such to us since the announcement of the Saskatchewan government to eliminate spiritual care from their Health services. Indeed you are close friends sharing the burdens of some of us who are or might be affected by this dicision. I pray that our good Lord will bless you and yours in Jesus’ name. Well, some of us are yet to receive formal notice from the Health Region to leave our positions. Continue to pray for us.

    Once again, thank you and have a wonderful day

    Rev. James

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