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)

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.

This year the NWDLC is supporting the 2019 Surrey International Women’s Day event being held on Saturday, March 9th, 2019 from 12:30-4 pm at Johnston Heights Secondary School, 153-50-99 Avenue in Surrey. This year’s agenda includes a presentation on the herstory of International Women’s Day, singing of “Bread and Roses” and other songs, keynote speakers, information tables, raffle items, a rose for each participant, entertainment and food.

The IWD planning committee is preparing for the 25th annual event in 2019. Please note the change to our venue. They are very proud to have achieved this milestone and recognize they could have not have achieved it without ongoing support from labour.

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.

Thank you to everyone who stepped forward to make a 2019 Day of Mourning presentation to their local City Council or School Board. We made a total of 13 presentations this year. Many thanks to our presenters. Municipalities: Burnaby – Brother Sam Otim, Coquitlam – Brother Bryson Lindy, Delta – Sisters Lori Mayhew & Aimee Cho, Langley City – Sister Sharla Mauger, Langley Twp – Sister Tanya Kerr, New Westminster – Brothers John Hooker & Owen Goodwin, Port Coquitlam – Brother Bruce Richardson, Surrey – Sister Sheila Raikadroka, White Rock – Brother Stephen Crozier. School Boards & Districts: Burnaby #41 – Sister Ingrid Ericson, Coquitlam #43 – Sister Candace Knoll, Langley #35 – Brother Brian Martens, New Westminster #40 – Brother Owen Goodwin.  Many thanks to Sister Cherie Delaney for volunteering to present to Maple Ridge Council and Brother Randy Fennell for volunteering to present to SD Delta #37. Also many thanks to the City of Pitt Meadows for requesting our presentation.

In 2019 the NWDLC returned to Westminster Pier Park, 1-6th Street in New Westminster on Sunday, April 28th at 11 am. The CLC theme was “One is Too Many: No One Should Die on the Job”. Thanks to Brother Nathan Smith and ILWU Local 400 for having the tug stand by to end the moment of silence with a whistle blast.  Thanks also to the New Westminster Fire & Rescue Services Honour Guard and special thanks to the New Westminster Pipe Band for leading our procession. This event is co-hosted with the City of New Westminster. For more information please contact the Labour Council office.

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

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 2018 the NWDLC was privileged to send 15 delegates to 10 of the 11 Royal Canadian Legions in our region to pay our respects to the fallen by laying a wreath.

United Way of the Lower Mainland Labour Appreciation Dinner

On Wednesday, November 21, 2018 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 Brother Raj Chouhan as our 2018 recipient of the Labour Community Service Award.

Brother Chouhan is a long-time activist with a strong commitment to community and social justice and the NWDLC has a long history with him. The Canadian Farmworkers’ Union affiliated 25 members at our July 27, 1983 meeting and Brother Chouhan received his delegate credentials in August 24, 1983. Raj has worked tirelessly in promoting human rights and racial equality, raising awareness on issues such as racism, poverty, worker rights and discrimination.

Brother Chouhan was first elected as the MLA for Burnaby-Edmonds in 2005. He was then re-elected in 2009, 2013, and 2017. Raj served as Assistant Deputy Speaker and Official Opposition critic for labour, human rights, multiculturalism and immigration. He currently serves as Deputy Speaker.

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 was held in Holland Park in Surrey.