Register Now for the February 26, 2019 Education Dinner

Register now for the February 26, 2019 Education Dinner

Local 196 UNA welcomes Jennifer Moss

Expert on Science-Based Workplace Happiness

Jennifer Moss and her ground-breaking work on the power of happiness is transforming hundreds of schools and companies all over the globe. As the Cofounder of Plasticity Labs, Jennifer heads a tech company that provides organizations with the tools to tap into individual sentiment and increase at-work satisfaction. On stage as a workplace happiness speaker, Jennifer inspires the audience with science-backed insights to improve workplace culture, employee well-being, and performance.


Fantasyland Hotel, 17700 87 Ave.

Doors/Cash Bar @ 17:30   

Dinner @ 18:00   

Speaker @ 19:00

This event is open to members & duespayers of

Local 196 only.

Registration must be completed using a non-AHS email.

Click the Eventbrite link to register.


Registration Deadline is February 19, 2019





Questions/Concerns/Dietary requests? Please email





Local 196 Attends Jasper Labour School

Local 196 executive Joy Arntzen (President) and Sandi Johnson (1st VP) and members Heather Devine (locally funded) and Danusia Moreau (provincially funded) attended Jasper Labour School last week!

Take a read about Heather’s experience:

“This past week I had the opportunity to attend Alberta Federation of Labour’s Jasper Labour School at the beautiful Jasper Park Lodge. This was my first time here, and what an experience!

There are a variety of classes you can choose to attend: mine was “Facing Management Effectively”. I expected to come away with a few ‘tips and tricks’ for effective communication strategies. What I found was a fantastic communications class that really changed how I think about myself, how I interact with others, and how communications in general can affect change. We had some excellent facilitators that made us consider our own communication styles, biases, and assumptions and those of the people we’re speaking with.

We focussed on 5 management styles from “Change the Way You Persuade” by Gary Williams and Robert Miller – Charismatics, Thinkers, Skeptics, Followers and Controllers. We discussed how the manager’s style might affect the way that you discuss a topic (for example, by being direct, by providing more information or by providing reassurance).

We spent time learning about active listening, identifying barriers to communication, and the effect of trust on relationships. Emotional intelligence and critical thinking was also explored.

We looked at Steps in Reaching an Agreement (which is quite similar to our nursing process!):

Collecting and Analyzing Facts
Uncovering Interests (to figure out what’s really important)
Discovering Common Ground (looking for shared interests)
Finding Agreement (asking for ideas, brainstorming etc)
Implementing & Monitoring the Agreement (ensuring everyone is clear on what has been agreed upon, writing it down, and following up to ensure the agreement is being followed, or if it requires adjustment)

We put in a lot of work throughout the day, but there were lots of activities to enjoy through the evenings too! I was able to make connections and learn so much from not only our facilitators, but the other participants and guest speakers as well.

Jasper Labour School will benefit me in all sorts of situations. I am looking forward to sharing what I’ve learned with members at our local to help us all succeed in facing management effectively.

I highly recommend AFL’s Jasper Labour School! If you’re considering it or even a little uncertain – please put your name in the draws for future years! I can tell you from my experience that you will learn a lot not only about your work, but about yourself as well. And you’ll have a lot of fun while you’re at it! Thanks to Local 196 and Alberta Federation of Labour for this great experience!” – Heather Devine, RN, NE Homecare

Call for Interested Parties!!!


Do you have…

  • excellent written and verbal communication skills?
  • amazing personal skills working with others as part of a team?
  • self-direction, priority/time management skills to work independently to meet deadlines?
  • computer expertise in Microsoft Office, Photoshop or similar programs?
  • an eye for creative detail?
  • experience in public relations, branding or marketing?
  • a genuine interest in assisting the membership to understand Local 196?
  • a keen ambition to be more involved with your Local?

Local 196 is seeking 2 creative and motivated individuals to create and develop a monthly electronic newsletter for the members of Local 196. The focus of the newsletter will be highlighting the diversity of our Local and educating readers on topics relevant to our membership. Each position is locally funded for 7.75h per month.

Are you interested?

Please email with your expression of interest and applicable experience (up to 1 page). Deadline is February 15, 2019 at 2359.

Submissions will be reviewed by the Local 196 Executive and successful parties will be notified.

Happy Holidays from Local 196!


From Local 196 Executive…

We wish you and your family a happy holiday season and enjoyable New Years! 

Local 196 Office will be closed December 24, 2018-January 2, 2019, inclusive.


UNA Provincial Office is closed December 24, 2018-January 1, 2019, inclusive.


Local 196 AGM Election Results

Local 196 held our Local AGM on December 5, 2018.

Please welcome our newly elected Local Executive and Committee Members:

1st Vice-President: Sandi Johnson (acclaimed)
2nd Vice-President: Leah Scheelar
Treasurer: Kaleigh Klammer (acclaimed)
PRC Committee: Russell Cadsky and Beverly Smith
OH&S Committee: Rachel Scheffelmiar and Heather Young (acclaimed)
Education Committee: Ray Lehman and Kerri Clarkson
EDLC Delegates: Terri Barr, Leah Scheelar, Sarah Lefebvre, Sharon Krill, Rachel O’Gorman

Local 196 learning about cannabis! Education Dinner November 22, 2018

Local 196 UNA hosted speakers Mr. Nolan Crouse and Dr. Jasmine Hasselback for an educating evening on cannabis and the implications for nursing based on Colorado research and healthy public policy. It was an educational talk that spurred many more thoughts and questions on nursing in the time of legal cannabis in Canada…

See the photos from the evening taken by Local 196 member, Sadie Cherniawsky. Thank you Sadie!



Did you know your child can apply for an ECECAF scholarship?


As a member of Local 196 UNA, you contribute to the Edmonton Civic Employees Charitable Assistance Fund (ECECAF) and your child can apply for an ECECAF post secondary scholarship.

The ECECAF Scholarship program will provide up to $4,000 over 2 consecutive terms ($2,000 per term).

Children are eligible to receive a scholarship towards post-secondary tuition fees provided that:

  • Parent(s) contribute to the Fund for a minimum of 12 consecutive months
  • Student’s age must be 24 years or younger as of the start date of the first term application
  • Student must be accepted into an accredited and approved full time educational program
  • Fall (September) term applications are to be submitted between receiving marks in December and by March 31
  • Winter (January) term applications are to be submitted after receiving marks in April and by July 31

View complete guidelines and access the application form by visiting the ECECAF Forms webpage