United Way honours FPSE and Kwantlen Faculty Association

For over 30 years the labour movement has shown tremendous support for communities through a valuable partnership with United Way. On February 26th, the United Way acknowledged the leadership role that various unions have played in building a strong community partnership. The awards are called the Union Spirit Award and it recognizes a union committed to furthering the shared common values of a caring, healthy and inclusive community through the work of its members in support of United Way.

This year, our organization was recognized for its commitment to those values. Both the FPSE provincial office and Local 5, the Kwantlen Faculty Association were awarded Union Spirit Awards for their tremendous contribution to making a difference in the lives of people in the Lower Mainland.

Over the years, both FPSE and Local 5, have actively supported United Way. Local 5 in particular has distinguished itself through the Kwantlen College Campaign, where it has succeeded in once again securing 100% participation by Union executive and staff.

Local 5 is also committed to the success of the CLC United Way Union Counseling program, which provides peer support in the workplace and referrals to community agencies where appropriate. The local is actively involved in training members. They've even taken the extra step of creating an internal committee to ensure the program's continued expansion.

Since 2007, the FPSE provincial office has had a member on the United Way Campaign Labour Committee as Co-Chair. The office has also actively encouraged support of United Way and participation in the CLC United Way Union Counseling program among provincial members and institutions.

Congratulations to the staff and members of both organizations. You're making a real difference in the lives of those in need in your community. 


Bob Davis, Local 5 (left) and Dileep Athaide, FPSE Secretary-Treasurer, accept the Union Spirit Award


About FPSE

The Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC is the provincial voice for faculty and staff in BC teaching universities, colleges and institutes, and in private sector institutions. FPSE member locals, represented by Presidents' Council and the Executive, represent over 10,000 faculty and staff at 18 public and 12 private sector institutions.