Charlotte Millington

Elect as Vice President

The best predictor of future behaviour is past behaviour.

During my time as the Regional Vice President (2018 – 2021), I did a lot of things that I am really proud to have accomplished. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it’s the stuff that I really feel good about.

  • November 2018: Got elected. (YAY!)
  • November 2018: Opened the brand new HEU South Island Facebook group.
  • December 2018: Attended BCFED Convention in a leadership role. Was immediately tasked with de-escalating member conflict.
  • December 2018: Attended my first ever HEU Budget Meeting.
  • January 2019 – April 2019: Supported locals across the South Island in holding local elections.
  • February 2019: Initiated charges to uphold a significant breach in our HEU Constitution that went to trial. Won a major victory for our Constitution.
  • March 2019: Initiated action to prevent outsourcing of Island Health’s IMIT department to a Japanese corporation and to keep jobs in healthcare.
  • April 2019: Provided immediate on-site support for non-contract Protection Service Officers on Vancouver Island. Provided support and resources that led to them becoming HEU members.
  • May 2019: Presented speech at the International Day of Mourning on behalf of HEU discussing the impact of workplace deaths in healthcare and made a tough-looking guy cry.
  • June 2019: Attended HEU Summer School in a leadership capacity, providing mentorship and engagement with members.
  • October 2019: Attended CUPE National in Montreal. Provided bilingual tours and translation for groups of members after hours and generally surprised the heck out of a lot of people who didn’t know I speak French. (SURPRISE.)
  • November 2019: Attended my first lobbying event and represented HEU South Island in the BC Legislature.
  • December 2019: Participated in the HEU Budget meeting and this time actually knew what I was doing.
  • January 2020 to March 2020: Supported locals across the South Island in holding elections.
  • February 2020: Attended an informal lunch and learn held by Island Health on some epidemic in China. Took a bunch of notes because it sounded important.
  • March 2020: Attended a healthcare Hack-A-Thon to design a technical solution for misgendering trans, non-binary, and other patients. Came in fourth place in the province with my solution.
  • April 2020: Put a mat in my office and told visitors not to move off that mat, making me the first (and highly ridiculed) staff member in our department to enforce social distancing.
  • April 17, 2020: Held my birthday party online via Zoom and invited all members. This was a cleverly disguised ruse to get members to test Zoom in a fun environment. It worked. Everyone in that party went on to use Zoom without difficulty.
  • May 2020: Began to strongly advocate for mental health programs and awareness as it was clear the pandemic was taking a toll on our members. Attended certification courses on my own time to enhance my communication skills.
  • May 2020 – present: published my personal cell phone number in the HEU South Island Facebook group every time we had a Town Hall with updates. This ensured every member who wanted to attend but had a barrier could still be patched in using my account.
  • May 2020 – December 2020: Met with members in parks, coffee shops, on Zoom, and by phone in a non-stop deluge of support. My goal was to make sure anyone who wanted to learn to use Zoom had the opportunity.
  • May 2020 – October 2020: Hosted “Coffee in Cars”. This was a social outing for HEU members who wanted to see friendly faces safely. I brought our own coffee and then sat on our car’s trunk or bumper to ensure we were being safe.
  • January 2021 to May 2021: Supported locals in holding local elections via Zoom.
  • May 2021: Published a children’s book called “A is for Activism.”
  • June to present: Began discussions with local leaders about running for the upcoming elections for the Provincial Executive. Offered support to anyone who considered it.
  • August 2021: Made the bold decision to leave behind my regional position and run for election in November 2021.
  • September 2021: Poured over files, documents, and my calendar to compile this list, which is hopefully accurate.
  • September 2021 to Present: Waited to see who actually reads the entire list. If you did, hit me up for a pen. (Seriously? You read the whole thing? You deserve a pen.)