New president at NOLC
Okanagan Edge Staff - Feb 13 - Biz Releases

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Ian Gordon and Ron Dunn at a labour-movement barbecue.

The North Okanagan Labour Council has a new president.

At its annual general meeting last week, the council elected Ian Gordon as its new head honcho.

Gordon previously sat as the organization’s vice president, during which time he represented school district workers as a member of CUPE.

Also elected to the new executive were vice presidents Ronn Dunn, Carmen Belanger and Shane Curveon; secretary-treasurer Louise Gibson; sergeant at arms Karen Abramsen; central delegate Helen Repole; and northern delegate Wynn Hartfelder.

Greg McGowan and Gail Neufeld were elected trustees, joining the current trustee, Mike Porteous.

Two longtime executive members also stepped down: outgoing president Nikki Zohner and retiring secretary-treasurer Ron Bobowski.

In a NOLC news release, Gordon says he’s “honoured to serve.”

“I look forward to reaching out to local unions and helping with their campaigns and working on some of our own,” Gordon said.

The North Okanagan Labour Council is the umbrella group for labour unions in the North and Central Okanagan. Representing some 8,500 union members, the organization is affiliated with the Canadian Labour Congress.

Gordon said two of the NOLC’s “major undertakings” this year will be the annual Day of Mourning ceremony and the Labour Day picnic.

The council and WorkSafeBC host a Day of Mourning ceremony in Ben Lee Park to remember workers who have been killed or injured on the job.

The Labour Day picnic, in Mission Creek Regional Park, has drawn hundreds of people over the last few years.

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