Who are we?
We are faculty members, like yourself, who have been trained to act as a resource to provide peer support to our fellow members who are trying to cope with workplace, personal or family challenges.
What do we do?
We can help you to identify and deal with problems by providing peer support and connecting you to services in the community. We are here to listen, identify the problem, and refer members to the proper community resource. Dealings with members are kept strictly confidential and referrals to community resources are completely voluntary. Learn more about the Union Counselling Program...
We’re here for you.
A fundamental goal of the labour movement is the health and well-being of its members and their families and, thereby, generates support for services in our communities. To advance this goal, the Canadian Labour Congress and the United Way partnered to create the Union Counselling program and to train union counsellors for the workplace. Now, the Kwantlen Faculty Association is making the Union Counselling program available to promote the health and well-being of our members and their families.
The Union Counselling program, sponsored by the Kwantlen Faculty Association, is operated by faculty for faculty. Volunteer union counsellors are available to all KFA members and their families for any issues or problems of personal impact. It should be noted that the program does not offer counselling services in the traditional sense, but rather peer support that, in times of need, helps workers and their families access important social services in their own communities.
The Union Counselling program is offered to members and their families to augment available services; it does not replace the Employee and Family Assistance program. Also, union counsellors do not look after work related issues. This remains the role of shop stewards.
We now have two union counsellors who are trained and who are familiar with the resources available in members’ communities. Members will find that the union counsellors will listen, help to identify the problem, refer the KFA member to the appropriate resource if needed, and then, with the permission of the member, follow up to insure that the member was able to resolve their issues.
Confidentiality is crucial and is a priority of the program. Records are not kept and information about members is not shared with anyone. Additionally, members will not be contacted by anyone other than the union counsellor whom she or he contacted, and only with the member’s permission.