Terri PrestonTerri Preston has been a CUPE member for 32 years. Every day, she works not only to teach English as a second language, but also as an activist with CUPE 4400, promoting clear language in our communication with members.

Preston has served in a leadership role on the Ontario School Board Coordinating Committee and in the fight for pay equity, and was also selected to advise the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. Terri fights for equity and inclusion, and strongly believes that lifelong learning and community education should be a priority for our union and a part of a Pan-Canadian action plan.

“Regrettably, learning goals and delivery models are based on the whims of the government of the day. The work to develop a national vision and commitment to adult literacy and learning, in its broadest sense, is work in which CUPE can and should take a leadership role,” said Preston.

CUPE has been at the forefront of literacy work in the labour movement for almost 20 years. CUPE’s National Literacy Award is presented by the National Literacy Working Group to a CUPE member who champions workplace literacy and clear language.