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Former CUPE national executive board member Leo Cheverie has won the 2007 Alumni Award presented by World University Service of Canada (WUSC), a leading Canadian development agency.

A graduate and employee of the University of Prince Edward Island, Cheverie is president of CUPE 1870. The award recognizes his exceptional contribution to international development through his support of WUSC’s programming.

Cheverie as “an energetic and selfless volunteer who represents all that is best in global citizenship,” said a WUSC news release announcing the award on Nov. 13. He has been involved with WUSC at UPEI for 20 years. His contributions to WUSC’s Student Refugee Sponsorship Program (SRP) are especially noteworthy.

WUSC chair Dr. Alastair Summerlee added that “Cheverie’s dedication to WUSC over the past two decades has gone a long way towards raising our profile on campus and beyond, to the point where on campus, his name has become synonymous with our organization in Prince Edward Island.”

Cheverie is a library technician at UPEI’s Robertson Library. He has been active in various social justice, labour and international development organizations on the island and elsewhere for two decades. A former president of the PEI Federation of Labour, he currently sits on the Canadian Labour Congress Human Rights Committee, and serves on UPEI’s Internationalization Committee.