Barb Nederpel has been a front line health care worker at Royal Inland Hospital and the Vice President of the Hospital Employees’ Union, giving her a wide angled view of the real impacts of the health care system on patients and residents.
With deep concern to protect Medicare, she works with community and labour organizations to fight back against the BC Liberal plan of privatization of hospital services and the contract flipping in seniors care that leave our health care system and British Columbians vulnerable.
She has also worked with her federal colleagues advocating for a new health accord between the federal government and the provinces to provide adequate funding, a national Pharmacare program, and a national seniors strategy.
And with the massive doctor shortage, particularly severe here in the health minister’s riding, she has turned her attention to solutions that will ensure everyone has access to timely medical services.
As the President of the Kamloops and District Labour Council representing 13,000 workers, Barbara is a strong voice for working families in the region, fighting for stable, sustainable, family supporting jobs and the policies that ensure that qualified British Columbians are first in line.
In the 1990’s, Barb worked hard as a single mom raising her young daughter and she understands the economic pressures facing working, single parent families. She is dedicated to anti-poverty initiatives including raising the minimum wage to $15. And coupling a strong public education system with an affordable child care plan, Barb believes that every child in British Columbia can have the opportunity to succeed.
Barb has lived in the BC Interior for over 40 years and she says the most fulfilling half has been those spent in Kamloops. She and her partner Hans enjoy all that the region has to offer from shopping local at the Farmer’s Market to walking the beautiful and peaceful wilderness trails right on our door steps.