Art Coulter Labour Award Renewed for Centennial of Strike

Award recognizes union activists who give back to our community

United Way Winnipeg, the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), and Winnipeg Labour Council (WLC) came together to recognize key figures in Winnipeg’s Labour community by presenting the Art Coulter Labour Community Service Award.

Bernie Wood, Sandra Oakley, Connie Walker, and Deb Jones - Art Coulter Labour Award

Bernie Wood, Sandra Oakley, Connie Walker, and Deb Jones

“We are delighted to revive this time-honoured tradition,” said Deborah Jones, acting President of the Winnipeg Labour Council. “Recipients of the Art Coulter Labour Community Service Award can be proud to receive an award honouring a man who dedicated his life to helping others.”

A Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal recipient and member of the Order of Manitoba, Art Coulter was a pillar of the Winnipeg and labour communities. A city councilor who was involved with the Winnipeg Labour Council for 40 years, he chaired dozens of community organizations and was a founding member of United Way of Winnipeg in 1965.

Years of dedicated community service

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.”

 2017 award winner Deb Jones and Stephanie Swain (MGEU)

2017 award winner Deb Jones and Stephanie Swain (MGEU)

2018 award winner Deb Jones and Charlene Matheson Unifor Prarie Region

2018 award winner Deb Jones and Charlene Matheson Unifor Prarie Region

2018 award winner Deb Jones and Richard Hines (MGEU)

2018 award winner Deb Jones and Richard Hines (MGEU)

 ART COULTER AWARD: Connie Walker, Sandi Mowat and Sandra Oakley

ART COULTER AWARD: Connie Walker, Sandi Mowat and Sandra Oakley

 ART COULTER AWARD 2017: Deb Jones, Sandi Mowat, Connie Walker, and Bernie Wood

ART COULTER AWARD 2017: Deb Jones, Sandi Mowat, Connie Walker, and Bernie Wood

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