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On December 16, CUPE National President Paul Moist was awarded a Diamond Jubilee Medal for his years of service to his community and to the country. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is meant to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.

Thirty residents of the riding of Winnipeg Centre received the award, in medal ceremony hosted by Member of Parliament Pat Martin.

Moist was recognized for his years of work with CUPE. “Paul has spent over 30 years as a labour leader, fighting for the working people of Canada,” said Martin in the event program. “From his days as a local leader to his current tenure as national president of CUPE, he has been a tireless champion for better wages and working conditions.”

Winnipeg Centre has long been blessed with an abundance of talented people working towards making our homes and our world a better place,” added Martin. ”I offer my most heartfelt congratulations to the medal recipients.”

It is a great honour to be recognized in my home community of Winnipeg, along with such other outstanding community leaders,” said Moist. “I am thankful I was chosen, and will continue to do my best to stand up for workers.”