Carole Gordon to head NOLC in 2011
February 10, 2011
A school teacher has been elected the new president of the North Okanagan Labour
Carole Gordon was voted in for the one-year term at the NOLC's annual general meeting
Wednesday in Kelowna.
Gordon told members her goals include getting the labour organization out
into the community more and working more closely with its 42 members unions to support their goals
"I'd like to raise the profile of labour in the North and Central Okanagan," said
Gordon, noting the NOLC's member unions represent 8,500 workers. "We'd like to become more involved
in community events and activities as a partner, and support the work our affiliates do as well."
The labour council has already been involved in efforts to recruit and train candidates for
municipal elections later this year and plans to be involved should a federal election happen.
Activities to mark the National Day of Mourning on April 28, May Day and Labour Day are also on the
The Grade 4-5 teacher at Bankhead Elementary has been active for several years with the
NOLC, Central Okanagan Teachers' Association, and B.C. Teachers Federation.
She comes from a family
with a history of union involvement.
Her brother, Ken Robinson, was elected in the fall to his
second term as president of the 43,000-member Hospital Employees Union.
Also elected to the NOLC
executive were Glenn Nowag, Karen Abramsen and Ronn Dunn (vice presidents), Ron Bobowski
(secretary-treasurer), Cheryl Stone (recording secretary), Nikki Inouye (northern delegate), Debra Critchley (southern delegate) and Emilie
Dorie (sgt. at arms). Greg McGowan was elected as a trustee. Dave Porteous and Wendy Mah were already trustees.
Their job is to review the financial books twice a year.
The meeting was the NOLC's first in a new
office at 1091 Gordon Dr., which is also where the March 9 general membership meeting will be held
at 7 p.m.