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CUPE delegates recently attended the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) annual conference in Edmonton June 5 to 7, where they promoted the benefits of quality public services.

The conference provided an opportunity for people at colleges, institutes, cégeps, university colleges and polytechnicsto meet and share ideas on important issues in their field.

CUPE members Michelle Waite of CUPE 3479 (North Island College) and Keith Todd of CUPE 2081 (Camosun College) and CUPE staff representative Ian Mclean participated in conference events and distributed information on the value of strong, publicly-funded institutions.

It was interesting,” said Mclean. “A president from one college said to me she didn’t usually hear about the benefits of keeping work in-house. In her experience she said all the information given to a CEO or CFO from senior management is about how to downsize. She was very interested in a couple of the documents we were offering.”

More than 800 delegates attended the conference. Attendees included CEOs, senior administrators, board members, managers, faculty, staff, students, international guests and business leaders.