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Know a CUPE sister who’s done outstanding work on women’s issues in CUPE?

Has your local been in the forefront of the struggle for equity and social justice?

Someone or some local like that will be presented with the Biennial Grace Hartman Award at the October 2005 CUPE National Convention.

Delegates to the 1999 CUPE National Convention voted to create the award to honour Grace Hartman, CUPE’s first woman president, and to remember her activist spirit and her commitment to worker’s rights, equality and social justice.

The award will be presented to a local CUPE woman activist or a CUPE Local who has:

  • demonstrated through actions a deep commitment to social justice;
  • worked to break barriers to the participation of women within CUPE;
  • demonstrated initiative and a pioneering spirit in promoting workers’ rights;
  • helped CUPE demonstrate leadership as an activist union;
  • supported equity and contributed to building a greater understanding of the strength that grows from CUPE’s diversity;
  • worked to strengthen CUPE and the labour movement;
  • contributed to her community, helping to build a stronger social movement.

CUPE locals, divisions or women’s committees at any level of CUPE can nominate a woman or a local for the award. Nominations should be submitted to the Selection Committee, Grace Hartman Award, no later than September 1st, 2005. (Please use the form on reverse)

The selection committee will be made up of three people, appointed by CUPE’s national officers, including one of the co-chairs of the National Women’s Committee.

The winner of the award will receive a plaque and CUPE will make a $1000 donation to the social justice organization of her choice, on her behalf. Award winners will also have their names listed on a plaque in the CUPE national office.