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Interest in CUPEs new National Leadership Training Program has been overwhelming. In its pilot year, more than 120 sisters applied to the 20 or so spots available.

It was a difficult job choosing among so many strong applicants but after reviewing what they had sent in and conducting 30 telephone interviews, 22 sisters from different regions, sectors and backgrounds were chosen.

Along with Sisters Donalda MacDonald, Donna Ryan and Betty Jean Sutherland, representing Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Nova Scotia on the National Executive Board, the participants are:

Pearl Blommaert, CUPE 3991 and Judy Henley, CUPE 4980 from Saskatchewan; Jose0020Durand, SCFP 957 and Lucie Leduc, SCFP 4041 from Qub0065c; Linda Joyce, CUPE 1158 from Alberta; Odette Robichaud, CUPE 1840 from New Brunswick; Marlene Tartsch, CUPE 1629 from Manitoba; Joanne Foote, HEU, Laurie Larsen, CUPE 402 and Susan Zander, CUPE 728 from British Columbia; Beth Boutilier, CUPE 3088 from Nova Scotia; and Janice Folk-Dawson, CUPE 1334, Winsome Leith-Brown, CUPE 1750, Marcia Lopez, CUPE 2563, Helen Manning, CUPE 4400, Candace Rennick, CUPE 2280, Diane Seguin, CUPE 4000, Sharon Simpson, CUPE 3878 and Carmen Smith, CUPE 79, from Ontario.

Congratulations to the successful applicants, and thanks to all those who showed interest. Theres clearly lots of enthusiasm to continue this program in years to come.