Events

Here are the events you will find the NWDLC at each year. Check our Facebook  and Twitter pages for event details.

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.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1OfRkYjuQgoyodg_stP9hdvbQFkb9L9Qs

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.

In solidarity,

Janet Andrews, Secretary-Treasurer

2020 DOM agenda

May Day

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.

Labour Day

Please see information on Labour Day 2020 on the NWDLC home page

Observed on the first Monday in September, honouring the achievements of working people in Canada.

On Monday, September 2,  2019 the NWDLC returned to Holland Park in Surrey. Many thanks to all the affiliates, volunteers and community organizations who participated! Here are some pictures of the day to enjoy.

Remembrance 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.

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United Way of the Lower Mainland Labour Appreciation Dinner

On Wednesday, December 4, 2019 the NWDLC will 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 Sister Jeannie Kilby as our 2019 recipient of the Labour Community Service Award.

Sister Kilby is a committed labour and community activist. She is the current President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 402 in Surrey and has been a long time delegate to the Labour Council. In addition to her work on the United Way of the Lower Mainland’s Board of Directors, Sister Kilby has been a strong supporter of community projects like the Clayton Little Libraries initiative and programs like the newly formed Women United. Sister Kilby’s inclusive leadership and dedication is an inspiration to others and we are very pleased to nominate her for this well deserved acknowledgement of her great contribution to our movement and our communities.

For tickets and information contact: labourinfo@uwlm.ca, 604-294-8929

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 in Holland Park in Surrey.