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December 7, 2011 minutes

MINUTES - MONTHLY MEETING, NORTH OKANAGAN LABOUR COUNCIL AT KELOWNA

AFFILIATES PRESENT: Ron Bobowski, CUPW 760, Cheryl Stone, UFCW 1518, Carole Gordon, COTA/BCTF, Ronn Dunn, CUPE 3523, Greg McGowan, CUPE 873, Nikki Inouye, HEU Vernon, Dave Porteous, UFCW 1518, Louise Gibson, COPE 378, Tracy Rennes, CUPW 760, Shane Curveon, ATU 1722, Ken Fighter, CUPE 338, Mark Olsen, CUPE 5523, Bill Zemen, CUPE 3523

REGRETS: Iris Taylor, CLC Rep, Debra Critchley, BCGEU, Pat Bulmer CEP 2000, Nancy Ingersol, BCTF Vernon, Brent Soroka, CUPE 338, Karen Abramsen, UFCW 1518

GUESTS: Doug Gibson, BCFORUM, Maria Tokarchuk, BCFORUM, Liz Woods, BCFORUM, Wes Kmet, BCFORUM/OccupyKelowna, Robert Nisbet, OccupyKelowna, Brandy McNeill, OccupyKelowna,

CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order by Carole Gordon, President, at 7:00 pm

ADOPTION OF AGENDA: M/S/C

GUEST SPEAKERS: none

ADOPTION OF PREVIOUS MINUTES: M/S/C

CREDENTIALS REPORT: 18 Present with 12 Delegates and 6 Guests

OBLIGATIONS OF NEW DELEGATES: none

FINANCIAL REPORT: given by Ron Bobowski, Secretary Treasurer, M/S/C to adopt financial report as circulated.

EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE
Our Times Magazine subscription renewal -- rec'd and filed
Council of Senior Citizen's Organizations of BC (COSCO) renewal -- rec'd and filed
The CLC has requested a report of: a list of affiliates by union, local number, and # of affiliates listed as well as to identify / list unions that have offices in our area, to be forwarded to them for the CLC Winter School. Cheryl Stone, Recording Secretary & Ron Bobowski, Secretary Treasurer will organize this report for the CLC
Our present BCFORUM delegate Lynda Zorn has resigned her position of BCFORUM delegate to the Executive Council.

REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS/COMMITTEE REPORTS/CLC REPORT: no reports submitted.

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS

Political Action Committee -- NOLC Winning Endorsed Candidates 2011. Thank you letters were received from winning candidates.
Kelowna City Council Candidates: Colin Basran (came in 3rd) with 13073 votes, Mohini Singh (came in 8th) with 10077 votes
Vernon School Trustee Candidate -- Kelly Smith (came in 1st) 3390 votes
Vernon City Council Candidate -- Juliette Marie Cunningham (came in 2nd) with 4019 votes,
District of Lake Country Council Candidate - Jamie McEwan (came in 1st) with 1432 votes.
The CLC Municipal Election review on January 9, 2012 will see presidents from Labour Councils meet to debrief and discuss the Municipal Election. We also discussed poll cards and which unions received them at our Executive Board meeting.
Day of Mourning: North Okanagan Labour Council -- no report
Protein for People -- no report
Labour Day 2012 -- no report
NOLC Funding -- A report will be made at the January 4, 2012 meeting.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
CLC Winter School:
NOLC Table Officer attending the Labour Council Officer Development Course will be Carole Gordon, President. A motion made to send one extra Table Officer to the LC Officer Development Course. M/S/C. As Ron Bobowski, Secretary Treasurer, was the only one to leave his name standing for the “position”, he was acclaimed.
Each Labour Council receives one scholarship spot which includes shared accommodation, registration fees, and reimbursement for travel expenses. Labour Councils are free to send an additional person at the Labour Council expense. The recipient of the additional scholarship available is Nikki Inouye, HEU, Vernon.
This year the focus at the LC Officer Development Session will be on Labour Council Governance Review and the input that Carole Gordon has already provided to the CLC and the expected report and recommendations will be made at Winter School.
The CLC Winter School scholarship will be attended by Nancy Ingersol, VTA, Vernon. The scholarship for the CLC sponsorship includes shared accommodation and registration fees.
NOLC Executive Council Election Feb 8, 2012 AGM -- A motion was made to appoint Liz Woods, BCFORUM to head up the committee for the NOLC Executive Council elections. Greg McGowan, CUPE 873, will co-chair. M/S/C. This is notice that nominations for Executive Council positions will be open at the January 4th and February 8th, 2012 meetings. Elections will take place at the February 8, 2012 meeting. Anyone interested in the BCFORUM delegate position, which is now open, should write, email or call BCFORUM regarding this position as BCFORUM appoints that position to our Executive Council.

NEW BUSINESS:
BCFED Thompson Okanagan Regional Conference May 24-26, 2012 -- The BCFED letter was read aloud which indicated that CLC staff would be coming to our region the week of January 16th, 2012 to meet with various labour leaders in the area in order to receive input on local issues and topics for the conference.
 United Way, Vernon -- A motion was made to appoint Mark Olsen, CUPE 5523, Vernon, sit on the United Way Board in Vernon as the labour chair from the North Okanagan Labour Council. M/S/C

FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT: 19 Present with 13 Delegates 6 Guests.

GOOD & WELFARE:
Carole Gordon, President -- The Sandbox Project, an initiative of Success By 6 and the regions family resource programs, is looking for assistance in a major fundraiser, May 2012. They need an organization to run a Jeopardy-style game wherein in questions would be "sold" to local businesses and local leaders would play the game. All questions are child-related. Please contact Carole Gordon if your union is interested. Email: caroledawn@telus.net

Wes Kmet -- BCFORUM, Organizer OccupyKelowna -- The Occupykelowna group wants to raise awareness in our valley and initiate change. We want to educate, empower and work towards more financial and social equality. We meet every Saturday under our tent in Kerry Park downtown Kelowna and have: a speaker's corner, sign wave, readings, poetry and music. OccupyKelowna has done two major sign waves at the Hwy 97 overpass by the Parkinson Recreation Centre and other locations around Kelowna. We occupied our MP, Ron Cannan’s office as well as Kelowna City Hall. We hold regular weekly meetings and we are doing a youth/senior project as well as we are helping Metro Central with the Kelowna Gospel Christmas dinner. We are just getting organized and have many future exciting plans. We would like to encourage everyone to join us on Saturdays, support us financially or get involved in the many things that we do. Come out for an hour or two on Saturdays. Learn more on our website; occupykelowna.org and consider joining our email list at occupykelowna@hotmail.ca

ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was adjourned at 8:55 pm by Carole Gordon, President

Minutes respectfully submitted by Cheryl Stone, Recording Secretary, UFCW 1518

NEXT MEETING, Wednesday, January 4th, 2012
Kelowna - 1091 Gordon Drive
General Meeting - 7:00 pm


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