FIQ (Fédération Interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec)

Kathleen Bertrand [Elected]

Vice-president Union Organizing Service and Education-Animation Service (FIQ)

CIUSSS du Nord-de-l'Île-de-Montréal

Over time, this cause has become a lifestyle, an objective that I must achieve, regardless of compromises.Like many of you, the healthcare professionals’ cause is at the heart of my union activism. Over time, this cause has become a lifestyle, an objective that I must achieve, regardless of compromises. I am submitting my candidacy for the position of vice-president responsible for the Education-Animation Service and Union Organizing Service. I want to take my union activism further and represent the FIQ’s members and affiliated unions.

I have been a nurse clinician in mental health at the Rivière-des-Prairies hospital since 1998 and I have been involved in union life since 2012:

• President, FIQ-Syndicat des professionnelles en soins du Nord-de-l’Île-de-Montréal
• President, AIM Section Rivière-des-Prairies
• FIQ Status of Women Committee
• Policy Implementation and Monitoring Committee for the Fair Representation of Women policy

My career as a union rep has given me solid union experience. I was part of the group that brought the members from the Sacred Heart hospital and Bordeaux-Cartierville back to the FIQ from the CSN at the last raiding period. Creating a new union and drafting the constitution and bylaws, due to the merging of these institutions, was no small task. And then there was negotiating the first local collective agreement.

With my experience, I will be able to take on the duties of the SOS Political Officer at the next raiding period. Mobilizing members and supporting local team mobilization will also be priorities during my mandate. To me, the EAS is a key service at the FIQ. It must keep growing and increase the service offer to respond to new training needs. The FIQ must listen to its affiliated unions and adapt its methods. Together, we can work to make the FIQ the Federation we want it to be. Refocus our priorities, defend our members, improve working conditions. Give me the opportunity to bring your message and voice to the FIQ Executive Committee; I promise to put my authenticity, leadership, availability, and dedication to work to represent you, to benefit the delegation and our 76,000 members.

Seconded by

Cindie Soucy
CISSS du Bas-St-Laurent

Denis Cloutier
CIUSSS de l​’Est-de-l’Île-Montréal