Do you know a CUPE sister with a long record of outstanding work on women’s issues in our union?

Has your local been breaking ground in the struggle for equity and social justice for women?

Nominations are now open for the Biennial Grace Hartman Award.

Grace Hartman was CUPE’s first woman president. This award pays tribute to Grace’s activist spirit and her longstanding commitment to workers’ rights, equality and social justice. Delegates to the 1999 CUPE National Convention created the award to honour women activists and locals that follow in Grace’s footsteps. 

The award is presented at the National Convention to:

  • a local CUPE woman activist, OR
  • a CUPE local

Recognizing work within CUPE that:

  • Shows initiative and spirit in advancing women’s equality;
  • through concrete actions, demonstrates a deep commitment to social justice;
  • breaks barriers to increase women’s participation in CUPE;
  • provides leadership and acts as a role model for intersectional feminism;
  • supports equity and promotes understanding of the strength our union gains from diversity;
  • strengthens the labour movement;
  • contributes to their community in building a stronger social movement.

CUPE locals, divisions or women’s committees at any level of CUPE can nominate a woman or local for the award.

Three persons, including one of the co-chairs of the National Women’s Committee, make up the selection committee and are appointed by the National Officers.

The award winner receives a commemorative plaque and CUPE will make a $1,000 donation to the social justice organization of their choice.

Nominations should be submitted no later than July 9, 2019.

Nominating body:

Nominee: