We were so pleased to see so many of joining us at our General Meeting on March 2, 2023 from 3 – 4:30 PM. We had lots to share with you! Executive updates, including some Q & A time with your Bargaining and Contract Management Chairs! You heard a number of important announcements, calls to action, and we handed out some great door prizes – Munro’s Books gift certificates! Congratulations to:
- Odette Coccola
- Margie Clarke
- Mike Zhong
- Joel Tamosiunas
- Deidre Murphy
- Ed Nelson
- Will Meredith
- Chrisa Hotchkiss
In case you missed, be sure you check your Outlook Calendar invite to find the Zoom link, official agenda, minutes from the previous meeting and the written executive reports. If you didn’t get an invite, please contact us and we’ll be sure to make sure you are added to the listserv! We never record Union meetings as a way to promote the free exchange of ideas and information while maintaining confidentiality. I’m happy to meet with people one-on-one to catch you up. You can find me at Lansdown in the Union offices on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and most Fridays or Interurban on Mondays in Tech 170. If your schedule or situation doesn’t align, I’m happy to book a Zoom just for you!
If you have a specific concern and need answers now, don’t wait for the next meeting or infosession. We are here to respond to any urgent issues that arise so don’t hesitate to contact us! You can use my ac.ytlucafnusomac@tnediserp or the general ac.ytlucafnusomac@afcc email addresses to reach us. These are both entirely outside our employer’s servers, encrypted, and confidential.
I extend my heartfelt gratitude to the small dedicated group of humans who volunteer to serve members (like your Exec) and standing committee members. Working with the CCFA’s employees is one of the greatest pleasures of doing this work and this is a great place to “Shout-Out” my gratitude to all of them! Thank you Peg, Laurence, Dominique and Estefanía! Every time we conclude another successful General Meeting, I’m reminded that without all of them, none of this would be possible.
But, we can’t do this alone. We need more of you to join us, volunteer, and become active in your Union! Write a blog post. Join the conversation on Discord for fun conversations, up-to-the-minute banter about current events through a unionist lens, invite us to your department meetings, and drop in whenever you’re in the neighborhood. At the meeting, I shared how important it is that we get talking and that you share your stories and experiences with us and each other.
Solidarity means much more to me than collative power; it is the community, our togetherness from which that power is derived. TOGETHER we are stronger and the college only works because WE DO; students succeed because we work!
With gratitude and in Solidarity,
-Lynelle Yutani, President CCFA
Lynelle Yutani (she/they)
President, Camosun College Faculty Association
Lynelle is a queer, leftist rabble-rouser galvanized to guard the rights of union members and is on a crusade to convince you that you get out of your Union what you put into it. Lynelle serves on a number of Federation of Post-Secondary Educators (FPSE) Committees and FPSE affiliate committees in CAUT, the BC Fed, and the Canadian Labour Congress. Lynelle also serves as V.P. of her Strata Council & oversees a rooftop community garden which partners with Harvest & Share Food Aid Society to grow fresh produce for local foodbanks and community food security programs.
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