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With almost 100 Shop Stewards attending the Local 258’s Shop Stewards Conference, “Defining Our Future”, the weekend event, taking place from November 22nd to November 24th at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown Hotel in Burnaby, BC can only be described as a complete success!
Doug McKay, Business Manager of Local 258 IBEW was pleased that so many Shop Stewards were able to participate in the Conference that featured an impressive line up of speakers and topics.
“We had a good turnout from across the province and it was an honour to share the weekend with our front line activists,” says McKay. “Their dedication and commitment to their brothers and sisters in the workplace is commendable and we appreciate the efforts they put forth on a daily basis.”
Delegates heard from a wide variety of speakers including Brother Bill Daniels, International Vice President of the First District IBEW (representing Canada) and IBEW Political Action and Media Strategist Brother Matt Wayland, who both travelled from Toronto.
IBEW International Rep Brother Laird Cronk gave an overview and history of IBEW and Local 258 followed by Mark McDermott from Seattle, Washington who gave a real “fire and brimstone” speech on some of the major struggles of the labour movement in the US.
Keynote speaker was Allan McDougall, a member of the United Steelworkers who gave a very inspirational talk about his personal challenges with alcoholism and how he succeeded in overcoming that addiction. Delegates each received a copy of his book, "Breaking Through: Discovering the Riches Within".
Sister Amber Hockin, Pacific Regional Director of the Canadian Labour Congress motivated delegates to take action as she spoke about the CLC’s “Together Fairness Works” initiative.
Delegates also learned about “Social Media & Discipline” from Charles Gordon, a partner in the law firm Koskie Glavin Gordon in Vancouver, BC.
Welcoming the delegates and their families to Burnaby was City Councillor Paul McDonell. Jim Sinclair, President of the BC Federation of Labour also gave a welcoming address.
“We hope our Shop Stewards enjoyed themselves at our Conference and learned about the important things that are going on in our political world, as well as having a chance to meet with one another,” says Brother McKay, who, together with Local 258 president Tony Brand, emceed the weekend event.