Here are the events you will find the NWDLC at each year. Check our Facebook and Twitter pages for event details.
(2020 Events Around Town cancelled due to Covid. Most held virtually)
NWDLC Around Town (2019 January – June)
NWDLC Around Town (2019 July – December)
International Women’s Day
March 8 is International Women’s Day — a day to recognize women’s achievements and acknowledge the challenges they continue to face in the quest for gender equality.
Day of Mourning
Every year on April 28 we pay our respects to, and remember, the thousands of workers who have been killed, injured or suffered illness as a result of work-related incidents. We also honour the many families and friends who have been deeply affected by these tragedies.
Every worker has the right to return home safe and sound at the end of each work day. By working together – with employers, workers and our health and safety partners – we can prevent worker injuries and deaths before they occur.
Please find below a link for the New Westminster & District Labour Council 2020 virtual ceremony. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to gather in person this year. But it is because of the unprecedented risks to health and safety that workers are facing right now that we felt it was imperative to mark the day, remember those we have lost to a workplace injury, stand with those who have suffered a serious injury, and honour the dedication and commitment of first responders, healthcare and front line workers as they go to work every day as others stay home to flatten the curve and mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Also below is a copy of the ceremony program, which runs about 30 minutes. It has been sent out early so that you can schedule time for remembrance on Tuesday. We are very grateful to everyone who participated, especially to the union leaders whose members are among those on the front lines right now: Coleen Jones, Pacific Region Director of the CUPW; Stephanie Smith, President of the BCGEU; Val Avery, President HSABC; Barb Nederpel, President of the HEU; and Kim Novak, President of UFCW 1518.
We also invite you to join with us at 7:00pm on April 28th to light a candle or turn on a light to remember the fallen, rededicate yourself to health and safety at work, and to honour those on the front lines right now.
We appreciate the words of Dr. Bonnie Henry: stay safe, maintain a physical distance, wash your hands and be kind.
Janet Andrews, Secretary-Treasurer
A celebration of labourers and the working classes that is promoted by the international labour movement which occurs every year on May Day (1 May), an ancient European spring festival.
Observed on the first Monday in September, honouring the achievements of working people in Canada.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in keeping with recommendations from health authorities and government the New Westminster & District Labour Council and the Vancouver & District Labour Council cancelled plans for in person 2020 Labour Day events. Instead we introduced the first ever Elsie Awards.
The Elsie (Labour Council) awards recognized union members in four categories: Awesome Union Activist, Outstanding Shop Steward, Dedicated Front Line Worker and Caring Community Activist. We highlighted three nominees from each category speaking about their activism, their union, and what Labour Day means to them. We want to thank our guest speakers and presenters for joining us.
Labour Day has always included our families and in keeping with our tradition of having children’s activities at our events we also held a Labour Day colouring challenge. The challenge was open to all and submissions were posted on our social media pages from mid-August to mid-September.
We want to thank you for helping us make this a successful virtual event and we wish you, your family and community a safe, healthy, calm and kind Labour Day.
On November 11, delegates lay wreaths on behalf of the Labour Council at services in their community remembering the sacrifice and service of members of the armed forces.
In 2019 the NWDLC was privileged to send 19 delegates to 11 of the 12 Royal Canadian Legions in our region to pay our respects to the fallen by laying a wreath.
IN 2020 due to Covid-19 members of each Royal Canadian Legion will be laying wreaths on our behalf.
United Way of the Lower Mainland Labour Appreciation Night
On Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 6 pm the NWDLC will virtually honour an individual with the Labour Community Service Award. The award recognizes outstanding Labour activism and community service at the United Way event.
The New Westminster & District Labour Council has selected Brother Walter Gerlach as our 2020 recipient of the Labour Community Service Award.
Brother Gerlach is a committed labour and community activist. He is the current Directing Business Representative for the lnternational Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers Northwest District Lodge 250, has been a long time delegate and past IAM&AW Board member of this Labour Council.
ln addition to his work on the United Way of the Lower Mainland’s Board of Directors, Brother Gerlach has been a strong supporter of community projects like Period Promise and workplace campaigns like the United on the Waterfront. Brother Gerlach’s inclusive leadership and dedication is an inspiration to others and we are very pleased to nominate him for this well-deserved acknowledgement of his great contributions to our movement and our communities.
National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
Each December 6 in Canada commemorates the anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre in which fourteen women were murdered and ten others injured. This year the vigil will be held virtually.Dec-6-2020-surrey