LU 258’s president Michelle Laurie was named the recipient of the 2011 United Way of the Lower Mainland's Joe Morris Labour Community Service Award. She is shown here with the award, from left: Brother Jim Greenwell, LU 258 Senior Assistant Business Manager; Brother Colin Kenny, LU 258 Unit 3 Chair; Sister Susan Longva, LU 258 Assistant Business Manager; Jeff Laurie; Sister Michelle Laurie, President LU 258 IBEW; Brother Tom Greenwell, LU 258 Unit 4 Chair; Brother Dan Klassen, LU 258 Assistant Business Manager; Ed Higginbottom; Rebecca Murdock, LU 258 IBEW Legal Counsel.
December 9, 2011 - Local 258’s president Michelle Laurie was the recipient of the United Way’s Joe Morris Labour Community Service Award last evening at the gala 18th Annual United Way Labour Appreciation Dinner that took place at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown Hotel in Burnaby.
Sister Amber Hockin, Director of the Canadian Labour Congress - Pacific Division, was the Master of Ceremonies for the evening’s event. She read a note from Local 258 Business Manager Doug McKay, who was out of town and unable to attend the event, sending best wishes to Sister Laurie on being awarded this most prestigious honour and offering congratulations on behalf of the officers and members of LU258.
Yuri Fulmer, Chair of the United Way of the Lower Mainland’s Board, introduced Michelle, saying it has been a pleasure to work with her over the years of her involvement with the UWLM and United Way Canada.
Sister Laurie took to the podium to accept the award and described the importance of community in her acceptance speech. She also thanked her family and labour colleagues for their support.
More than 300 guests attended the dinner that featured guest speaker Adrian Dix, Leader of the BC NDP.
Former Vancouver & District Labour Council president Brother Bill Saunders was awarded the VDLC Syd Thompson Award and Sister Rene Poley, retired BCGEU member, was the recipient of the New Westminster & District Labour Council's Community Service Award.
Local 258 congratulates Sister Michelle Laurie!