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Residents, nurses and managers at a Winnipeg nursing home celebrated Health care support workers week by filling a bulletin board with thank you notes to support staff and entering a contest to guess the identities of baby pictures.

“It started all the members talking among themselves and for the first time in a long time people were nice to each other,” said CUPE Local 1629 president Marlene Tartsch. “It was a wonderful week.”

Management at the Bethania Mennonite Personal
Care Home set up the bulletin board in the lobby and nurses, managers, residents and their families filled it with “thank-you-grams.”

Says Tartsch, “The staff really enjoyed this and the comments made by people made them really feel special.”

Support staff also brought in their baby pictures. They were placed in a display case and a prize was given to the person with the most correct answers.

The local also handed out candy gift baskets to members.

Manitoba health minister declarded Oct. 6 to 10 Health Care Support Workers Week to recognize their work.

In the declaration, Chomiak said: these workers are deserving of recognition for their valuable contribution and for their commitment to patient care through their dedicated, caring work within Manitobas health care system.

Said Tartsch, The public may not always see the health care aids, dietary staff, clerical personnel and many others who keep the health system going, but theyre essential to the system and are being recognized.