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November 5 - 10, 2023



On behalf of CUPE Union Education and CUPE BC, thank you for registering to be a part of our Fall 2023 Weeklong School being held in Nanaimo, BC from November 5-10th.

Hotel check-in and School Registration will open / start at 3:00 pm on Sunday, November 5.

Workshops will run from Mon - Thu 9:00 am to 4:30 pm with breaks during the day and Friday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

BC Mental Health First Aid
November 6 (9:00am) - 7, 2023 (4:30pm)

Mental Health First Aid is designed to give you skills to assist someone who is experiencing a Mental Health crisis. It’s a 9 hr workshop in which 2 hrs is a pre-requisite that needs to be completed prior to the course.

Mental Health in the Workplace: A Union Perspective
November 8 (9:00am) - 9, 2023 (4:30pm)

More than half the population will experience a mental health problem over their lifetime. At least 20% of us are dealing with mental illness on any given day. Mental health issues touch every one of us directly or indirectly. What does this mean for us as workers? What about in our role as union activists? What are our duties and responsibilities? How can we support members who may be dealing with mental illness? This workshop will help answer these questions and more. *Includes certification "Mental Health First Aid."

LET - Recording Secretaries
November 6 (9:00am) - 7, 2023 (12:00pm)

Recording Secretaries play a vital role in keeping local unions strong. Learn how to: • take clear and accurate meeting minutes; • organize files; • process and write correspondence; and • communicate effectively with members. NOTE: Please bring your local bylaws, sample meeting notices, sample membership meeting minutes and a laptop or tablet (if you have one) to the workshop.

LET - Leading as a Team
Nov 7, 2023 (1:00pm-4:30pm (Pacific))

In this workshop, executive teams explore power and responsibility that comes with it, how we work in teams and how to balance our leadership styles to engage the membership and work effectively across diversity.

LET - Essentials for Inclusive Unions
November 8 (9:00am) - 9, 2023 (12:00pm)

As activists in our unions, we often ask why members are not more involved. This workshop asks a different question: Who is involved and who isn't and what might be some reasons why? How might our unconscious biases contribute to this? How can we represent members in a way that invites those on the margins to get involved and to see the union as place where they want to make a difference?

LET - Planning for Member Engagement (OLS)
Nov 9, 2023 (1:00pm-4:30pm (Pacific))

Learn principles and processes to plan member engagement in your local.

Introduction to Stewarding
Nov 6, 2023 (9:00am-4:30pm (Pacific))

What does a CUPE steward do? If you are a new steward and want to learn how to help CUPE members solve workplace problems, this introductory workshop is for you! In this workshop, you will learn: • investigating workplace problems; • filing a grievance; • meeting with management; • dealing with workplace complaints. NOTE: Please bring a copy of your collective agreement to the workshop.

SLS - Disability and ableism in the workplace
Nov 7, 2023 (9:00am-12:00pm (Pacific))

Explore what ableism is, how to recognize it, and ways to address it. Learn about how to make your workplace and union accessible to workers with visible and invisible disabilities.

SLS - Representing gender and sexually diverse members
Nov 7, 2023 (1:00pm-4:30pm (Pacific))

Homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia play out in our workplaces, locals, and communities. Learn how to challenge these kinds of discrimination, and respectfully represent gender and sexually diverse members in your workplace.

SLS - Psychologically safe workplaces
Nov 8, 2023 (9:00am-12:00pm (Pacific))

What is a psychologically healthy and safe workplace? Learn to identify the psychosocial hazards in a workplace, and the role of the steward in eliminating them.

SLS - Solidarity with Indigenous workers
Nov 8, 2023 (1:00pm-4:30pm (Pacific))

Learn about Canada’s history of colonialism, engage in some myth-busting, and explore ways you can build solidarity with Indigenous workers and support reconciliation in the workplace.

SLS - Representing members in front of management
Nov 9, 2023 (9:00am-12:00pm (Pacific))

This module equips stewards to be proactive when meeting with management. Learn tips for effective meetings, and build confidence by practicing meeting situations.

SLS - Literacy awareness
Nov 9, 2023 (1:00pm-4:30pm (Pacific))

Literacy affects all of us at work. Learning new computer programs, understanding collective agreements, completing forms, or writing reports can all pose barriers for our members. Learn about how stewards can increase literacy awareness, and help make the union inclusive and accessible to members.

Health and Safety - An Introduction
November 6 (9:00am) - 7, 2023 (12:00pm)

This course serves as an introduction into the world of health and safety and explores different basic concepts such as: • Identification of hazards; • Hierarchy of controls; • The basic role of health and safety committees; • Basics on the right to refuse. NOTE: See more Health and Safety courses in the Health and Safety Learning Series.

HS - Making Committees Work
November 7 (1:00pm) - 9, 2023 (4:30pm)

This module explores the structure, role and function of health and safety committees, their strengths and limitations, and how they can best work within the legislative framework, and within our union. NOTE: Please bring your binder and Health and Safety Committee Resource Kit.

HS - Recommendations and notetaking
Nov 8, 2023 (9:00am-12:00pm (Pacific))

Learn how to takes notes at committee meetings and prepare recommendations. NOTE: Please bring your binder and Health and Safety Committee Resource Kit.

HS - Workload and Overwork
Nov 8, 2023 (1:00pm-4:30pm (Pacific))

As employers pull back resources, they expect workers to do more with less. This module will examine workload, the cause and effects of overwork, and strategies to overcome the ever increasing workload that is damaging not just our health at work, but the relationship we have outside of work. NOTE: Please bring your binder and Health and Safety Committee Resource Kit.

HS - Violence Prevention
Nov 9, 2023 (9:00am-12:00pm (Pacific))

This module examines the risk factors that lead to violence in the workplace, and the employer’s obligations to prevent workers from being exposed to and injured by violence while at work. We examine relevant health and safety law, and start to develop strategies to make our workplaces safer. NOTE: Please bring your binder and Health and Safety Committee Resource Kit.

LET - Parliamentary Procedure
November 6 (9:00am) - 7, 2023 (12:00pm)

This workshop is about following rules of order when chairing union meetings. Learn about the role of the chair and the different elements (motions, amendments, points of order, etc.). Get a chance to put the learning into practice. NOTE: Please bring a copy of your local bylaws to the workshop.

Public Speaking
November 8 (9:00am) - 9, 2023 (12:00pm)

This workshop will help you gain the confidence you need to speak up at a meeting or public event. Take the opportunity, in a supportive environment to practice speaking on various issues and resolutions. Learn ways to deal with nervousness, and how to prepare and present.

Sep 19, 2023

Coast Bastion Inn
11 Bastion Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia



Your registration is not final until payment is received. Payment is due to us 1 week after registration is submitted. If payment is not received by then; the spot will be automatically cancelled and given to the next person on waitlist.

Please make cheques payable to: Canadian Union of Public Employees.

DO NOT make cheques payable out to CUPE BC; these cannot be accepted and will be returned and this will delay the registration process & may result in loss of the spot.

Mail payment to: 6222 Willingdon Avenue, BURNABY, British Columbia V5H 0G3 - Attention: Education Dept / Fall 2023 Weeklong

Reminder of costs:
Full Participant Cost: $1,900.00 - Single occupancy accommodation, all meals and workshops.
Local Participant Cost: $500.00 - Workshops and lunch and snacks only.
Mental Health Series: Additional $275.00
Partner/Spouse or 14+ Child: $700.00
Child 3-13 years: $300.00

Cheque is the only form of payment we are able to accept at this time.

There is a huge demand for our weeklong learning programs. Cancellation requests must be done prior to October 16; after October 16, 2023 the registration fee is 100% non-refundable. To request a cancellation, please email Katie Rife,

In response to the health concerns of our members and staff, CUPE has implemented a Scent-Free Policy at all of our workshops. Scented products such as hair spray, perfume and deodorant can trigger reactions such as respiratory distress and headaches. Facilitators and participants are asked to refrain from using scented products while attending our workshops and meetings. Thank you for your cooperation.

Katie Rife