- Women′s Advocate
- Referral Services
- GM Respectful Work Environment Policy
- Understanding Stress
- Workplace Bullying
- Appendix M
- Workplace Conflict
“Providing help and Support for Women”
The women’s advocate role is one of support, education and referral for Women who need help. It is very important for you to know that I am here to help and support you. All calls to the Women’s Advocate/Equity rep are confidential. The phone I use is a direct line and is not used by anyone else, I will not discuss your issues or share your personal information without your permission to do so. If you require assistance please do not hesitate to call.
Women in todays society often experience harassment, discrimination and are treated differently because of their gender. In some cases women may have been sexually harassed or assaulted or are in violent relationships, which can lead to thoughts of suicide. If you, or someone you know requires help, whether it is simply wanting more information or someone to talk to or if you would like a referral to an agency that can help, please do not hesitate to call me. It is very important for you to know that I am here to help and support you and most importantly all calls to the Women’s Advocate/Equity rep is confidential, the phone I use is a direct line and I will not discuss your issue or share your personal information without your permission to do so. If you require assistance please do not hesitate to call or stop in at my office located near the West Side Clock House
E Mail Donna E Mail Donna Higham
Cell Phone (Confidential Phone): 905-658-7123
Push to Talk Radio – 7123
As the Women’s advocate I can help and or refer members with a variety of issues. Here is a list of some of the issues I may be able to assist you or a family member with.
- Anger Management
- Budget Planning
- Child and Adolescent Issues
- Credit Counselling
- Crisis Intervention
- Domestic Violence
- Eating Disorders
- Gambling Addiction
- Grief and Loss / Bereavement
- Life Transitions
- Mental Health
- Marriage / Couple Counselling
- Mediation and Dispute Resolution
- Post-Traumatic Stress
- Self-Esteem and Personal Growth
- Senior Assistance Programs
- Separation / Divorce
- Sexual Assault
- Stress Reduction
- Victim Support
If you need any help please drop in the office located in the West Clock-house or call me.
GM Respectful Work Environment Policy
General Motors of Canada Limited is committed to fostering a supportive and respectful work environment that ensures dignity for all of its employees and compliance with the GMCL Workplace and Harassment Policies. In this environment all employees and visitors to our facilities will be respectful of each other.
All General Motors of Canada employees share responsibility to sustain a respectful work environment and to grow and develop a workplace where diversity is naturally valued, respected and which is absent of discrimination or harassment.
A respectful work environment recognizes the individual and unique value of each employee and enables them to contribute to their fullest potential, leading to employee and customer enthusiasm.
Print the Policy click on the link. 2015_respectful_work_environment_policy
Learn more about Women’s Rights and the Women’s Advocate at the following information links.
- A.A. Niagara
- Beekhuis & Neufeld Counselling
- Canadian Mental Health Association
- Gillians Place
- Information Niagara
- National Association of Women and the Law
- Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres
- Domestic Violence Treatment Centres
- Women’s Health Matters
- Women’s Place of South Niagara
- YWCA Canada – A turning Point for Women
Modern life is full of stress, hassles, frustrations, and demands. For many people, stress is so commonplace that it has become a way of life. Stress isn’t always bad; in fact in small doses, it can help you perform under pressure and motivate you to do your best. But when you are constantly running in stress mode, your mind and body pay the price. Stress Help Guide
If you are experiencing some of the signs and symptoms of stress, you may want to consider seeking some professional help. Through our Greenshield benefit plan, members and eligible family members may access counselling provided by a registered clinical psychologist or a MSW/RSW counsellor (Master of Social Work/ Registered Social Worker).
Our benefits include: $50 a session up to a maximum of 12 sessions a calendar year (Jan.1 to Dec. 31). If you are presently seeing a psychologist or MSW/RSW and not sure whether they are one of our Greenshield providers, contact either Alex or myself (Donna) and we will find out for you.
Workplace bullying refers to repeated, unreasonable actions of individuals (or a group) directed towards an employee (or a group of employees), which are intended to intimidate, degrade, humiliate, or undermine; or which create a risk to the health or safety of the employee(s). Workplace bullying is mistreatment severe enough to compromise a targeted worker’s health, jeopardize her or his job and strain relationships with friends and family. Bullying is different from aggression. Whereas aggression may involve a single act, bullying involves repeated attacks against a target, creating an on-going pattern of behaviour. Some examples of bullying include: Verbal abuse/ Isolation or exclusion/ Offensive conduct/behaviours (including nonverbal) which are threatening, humiliating, or intimidating/ Work interference “sabotage” which prevents work from getting done. Corporate bullying occurs when bullying is entrenched in an organization and becomes accepted as normal workplace culture.
Workplace Harassment – Appendix “M”
Workplace Harassment is defined as a “course of vexatious comment or conduct that is known or ought to reasonably be known to be unwelcome”, that denies individual dignity and respect on the basis of the grounds such as: gender, disability, race, colour, sexual orientation, record of offences, marital status or other prohibited grounds.
Conflict is defined as a difference of wants, needs, or expectations. The workplace is filled with people who have differences of wants, needs, and expectations. Sometimes, conflict can be beneficial but when conflict is not resolved; it can be detrimental to the workplace. The impact can be devastating to the parties involved, and those nearby. Some of the results of unresolved conflict in the workplace include:Stress, frustration, and anxiety, Decrease or Loss of sleep / appetite, Strained relationships Grievances and litigation, Decrease in productivity, Absenteeism, Injury and accidents, Disability claims, Sick leave
If workplace bullying, harassment, or conflict is happening in your work area to you or someone you know, please contact your union representative. This will be kept confidential.
Please drop by the West clock house office or call: Donna Higham, Work # 905-641-6559 Cell # 905-658-7123 Alex Latham, Work # 905-641-6560 Cell # 905-658-8640
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