FIQ (Fédération Interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec)

Julie Côté

Respiratory therapist vice-president (FIQ)

CISSS de la Montérégie-Centre

Dear members of the delegation,

I am submitting my candidacy for the position of vice-president responsible for the OHS Sector and team, Human Resources, and joint officer for the Social Security – Insurance Sector.

I have been a respiratory therapist since 2004, and union rep since 2010. During that time, I held different positions: respiratory therapist vice-president, secretary for the temporary executive committee, vice-president of the Hôpital du Haut-Richelieu and union grievance agent at the Hôpital du Haut-Richelieu. I also took on certain interim positions, which helped me demonstrate my versatility and adaptability. As for federal committees, I was on the Youth Committee from 2011 to 2014, the online grievance committee, the MOT ad hoc committee, and the respiratory therapist tactical committee.

I like talking with people, debating ideas in order to find the best ones, and participating in projects to understand and get things moving. To that end, in recent years I sat on the board of directors for the Notre-Dame de Lourdes school in Iberville, and I was a leader for the support group Phobies Zéro in St-Hubert.

I am currently furthering my knowledge in human resources, and in parallel, I am looking further into social security, because let’s be honest, there will be many challenges in the coming years due to the health crisis and its effects on healthcare professionals: professional burnout, preventive withdrawal or reassignment of immunosuppressed individuals, absences caused by salary insurance, etc.

As a respiratory therapist, it’s important to continue to raise awareness about this great profession and walk a path that will help it to grow and evolve.

I am of the opinion that the best decisions are made as a group, by consulting people so as to consider everyone’s opinion because nothing is truly black and white, but rather a shade of grey. It is important that healthcare professionals truly understand the basis for decisions so that they feel involved in them. The FIQ is not only a handful of elected officers, but an organization that includes nearly 76,000 members.

I believe in democracy, social justice, and being part of a society where all women have the same access as men to positions they want and to a career they care about.

Seconded by

Denis Grondin
CISSS de la Montérégie-Centre

Julie Boivin
CIUSSS du Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean