Ridley retires

HEU’s first-vice president lauded for his major contributions to the union

HEU’s first vice-president David Ridley has announced his retirement effective July 31 and will resign his position on the union’s Provincial Executive.

The 61-year old biomedical technologist from Royal Jubilee has served on the PE since 1992 and for the last several years has served as the union representative on the Capital Health Region board.

HEU’s secretary-business manager Chris Allnutt says Ridley’s activism has enriched the union during a period when the health care system was undergoing major restructuring.

“There’s no question that David’s leadership — both in our union and on the Capital Health Region board — resulted in a stronger voice for HEU members during some very turbulent times in our health care system,” says Allnutt.

Ridley made a major contribution to HEU according to president Fred Muzin.

“David is bright, articulate and committed to this union and to social justice,” says Muzin. “And while I’m very sorry to see him go, it’s fitting that he’s going to be able to enjoy in his retirement many of the benefits for which he fought and won for all HEU members.”

Ridley brought a keen sense of balance, fairness and good judgement to union meetings, says HEU’s financial secretary Mary LaPlante.

“He took the time to listen to all sides of an issue,” adds LaPlante. “And when he was ready to give an opinion, people listened.”

Ridley says that he and his wife Hildred will retire to a cottage in the Lake Cowichan district of Vancouver Island later this summer.

As a result of Ridley’s retirement, there will be some moves on HEU’s provincial executive. The second through fifth vice-presidents will all “bump up” one spot with second vice-president Dan Hingley filling the first vice-president positions vacated by Ridley. Member-at-large Joanne Foote moves into the fifth vice-president position while PE alternate Linda Hargreaves fills in the second member-at-large position.