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CULE Update: Day 1 PSAC National Convention

Each day we’ll bring you musings, quotes, and other tidbits we gather at the 2018 PSAC National Triennial Convention

CULE Executive Member observers to PSAC National Triennial Convention:
Nancy Johnson, Secretary
Anna Goguen, Atlantic Director Alternate
James Little, BC Director
Joan-Ann Gravesande, Ontario Director
Josh Paddon, North Director
Kellie Loshak, VP Unit 2
Rebecca Thompson, VP Unit 1
MaryAnne Laurico, President

Present CULE Executive Member observers Day 1:
Nancy Johnson, Secretary
Anna Goguen, Atlantic Director Alternate
Josh Paddon, North Director
Kellie Loshak, VP Unit 2
Rebecca Thompson, VP Unit 1
MaryAnne Laurico, President

*correction* The credentials committee reported 491 delegates, 26 guests, and 189 observers for a total of 706.

*correction* During the honor call, some staff were mentioned, but others were not, like Larry Welsh, Judy Shannon, and Sheila Gagnon to name a few.

Quotes from the opening:
“And when we come to a place where we don’t know where to go or we don’t know what to do immediately all we need to do is be still for a moment and listen for that voice that comes. And that is our inspiration.” – Elder, Frank Miller, indigenous opening of greetings, love, and respect.

“Solidarity is about taking what we have and sharing with others that don’t. Solidarity is a long journey.” – John Cartright, President, Toronto District Labour Council

“Workers are better off today because of a united labour movement fighting on behalf of workers. We know that we’re stronger when we’re together. We know that we have to continue to press and continue to build.” – Chris Buckley, President, Ontario Federation of Labour

“And I hope you will join me in acknowledging and thanking our staff for all the work that they have done leading up to this convention, and going to be doing between now and Friday, and after convention to implement all of our decisions.” – Robyn Benson, President, PSAC

To staff: “You are the best in our movement. You know your stuff and you’re loyal to the members through and through. I will forever be grateful for your support and your contributions throughout my years as PSAC leader.” Robyn Benson, President, PSAC

CULE Executive Member observers will be meeting for dinner with UNIFOR 2025 Executive Member observers on Monday, April 30th. On Wednesday, UNIFOR 2025 will also be hosting a social event for all staff at Convention.

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