Convention awards nominations open

Nominations are open for the 2021 HEU Social Justice Award, the HEU Disability Rights Award and the Mary LaPlante Sisterhood Award.

All three awards will be presented during HEU’s 32nd Biennial Convention, being held virtually on November 1 – 5, 2021.

The HEU Social Justice Award

This was first awarded to former HEU President Fred Muzin in 2008 for his tremendous contribution to the struggle for social justice. The award acknowledges outstanding work in the area of peace and global justice and may be awarded to an HEU member, an HEU local or another organization.

The HEU Disability Rights Award

This award was established in 2010 on the recommendation of the HEU People with Disabilities Standing Committee. The award is to acknowledge an HEU member with a disability who has made an outstanding contribution to the union and/or the community by promoting and defending the rights of persons with disabilities.

The Mary LaPlante Sisterhood Award

This was first awarded to Mary LaPlante, feminist and trade union activist, at the 2006 convention upon her retirement after 22 years as the HEU Financial Secretary. The award is now presented at each convention to an HEU sister who has done outstanding work promoting women’s issues in the union and in her community.

Please ensure you complete the appropriate form in full. The nomination must be signed by two nominators, and nominees must meet or exceed the criteria for the awards as stated on the nomination form.

Current members of the Provincial Executive are not eligible to receive these awards.

Please send completed forms to the HEU Provincial Office by 5 pm on Friday, October 8, 2021.

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