The 2019 Art Coulter Labour Community Services Award recipients were Sandi Mowat and Sandra Oakley.
Sandi Mowat is a long-time United Way Winnipeg volunteer, serving on the Campaign Cabinet for more than five years and the Labour Support Committee from 2009 to 2013.
“As President of the Manitoba Nurses Union, Sandi spent years representing her members on the ER Task Force, the Joint Nursing Council, the Manitoba Nursing Advisory Council, and the Winnipeg Hospital/Health Care Regional Nursing Advisory Committee,” said Bernie Wood, CLC Representative in Manitoba and co-presenter of the award. “Sandi has been recognized with the HSC Nursing Excellence award, as well as the union’s highest honour: the Yellow Ribbon Award for activism in the community and workplace.”
Sandra Oakley was National Servicing Representative with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (Manitoba Region) in 1981. Seconded to the CUPE national office in Ottawa as Assistant Managing Director, Organizing and Regional Services, she was eventually hired as Regional Director for CUPE Manitoba. Sandra chaired United Way Winnipeg’s city-wide fundraising campaign in 2014, inspiring Winnipeggers to raise more than $20 million for our community and has been on the Board of Trustees for several years.
Volunteer Service Awards were also presented to Richard Hines, MGEU; Stephanie Swain, MGEU; Charlene Matheson, Unifor Prairie Region; and Glenn Tomchak, IAM District 181.
“The Labour movement and United Way movement have been partners in social change for decades. We share a common goal: a better community and quality of life for everyone,” said Connie Walker, United Way Winnipeg President & CEO. “We look forward to honouring individuals in labour who go above and beyond for our community again next year.”