My Husband Died and Now I Must Find a Job
March 4, 2014
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley
Mary Ellen Chater has an Honours BA in Arts Administration. She held a senior position in conference development until 2003 when her husband was diagnosed with cancer. She continued work as a conference developer from home so she could be her husband’s family caregiver until his death. She discusses her life and career, her reasons for leaving her job and for looking for another. She explains how her family caregiving for her husband could have affected her job hunting. She talks about the challenges she’s experienced and confronted or could have confronted in job hunting. She mentions the alternatives she’s considered, the ways she approached these, and the reasons for her decisions. She shares her advice to people in her situation about overcoming the challenges she’s experienced in job hunting. She explains the things that she believes would help people in her situation find the work they need.
Family Caregivers Unite!
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Family caregivers are the people who provide care to partners, parents, children, brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, neighbors and even co-workers. They are the people who provide care when everyone else has gone home. They are the people who organize the functioning of the home for the person with special needs, and for the family as a whole. They are the coordinators of care, the managers of appointments, the preventers of loneliness, and the makers of decisions even to the point of Power of Attorney. And they are so often people who themselves are burdened with their own health challenges and who may be in only marginally better health than the persons to whom they are providing family caregiving.
Dr. Gordon Atherley
Dr Gordon Atherley holds the British equivalent of the Canadian PhD and MD degrees, and LLD, Honoris Causa, from Canada’s Simon Fraser University. His awards include Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, UK. His medical specialties are occupational medicine and public health.
As first President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, the Canadian equivalent of the US National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, he led the creation of Canada’s electronic information service in occupational health and safety, now used in more than 40 countries.
In academia, he held senior, tenured, full-time positions, including departmental chair, in university faculties of physics, engineering, and medicine. He is the author of a textbook and numerous articles and publications.
Since retiring from medical practice, he’s built up Greyhead Associates, which critically researches the safety, effectiveness and fairness of health services for persons with special needs.
Through Virtual Care International, a company of which he’s President, he’s involved in providing sensible technology to family caregivers to help them with their responsibilities, workloads, and concerns.
Now an activist, he urges family caregivers to unite because, more and more, it’s not just their families who depend on them, it’s also the healthcare system as a whole, as it struggles to meet more and more needs of more and more people.