June 1, 2021

The New Westminster and District Labour Council and Vancouver and District Labour Council will be hosting a virtual Labour Day celebration this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

While we will once again miss seeing everyone in person, we are very excited to be joining together for a virtual event on September 6. Please join us in recognizing the incredible contributions of union members from across the Metro Vancouver region during the past year.

Labour Day is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers and is a tribute to the contributions working people have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to expose and underline the critical and fundamental role of workers and their families in our communities, our economy and our society. Our virtual event will celebrate and highlight these vital contributions.

That’s why, with the uncertainty around the status of the pandemic come September, we are calling for nominations for the second ever Labour Council Elsies. These Oscar-style awards will recognize union members for their outstanding contributions in the labour movement.

Members and Affiliated Locals can complete the attached form to nominate a union member in one of four categories: Awesome Union ActivistOutstanding Shop StewardDedicated Front Line Worker or Caring Community Activist. We will be highlighting three nominees from each category in a short video that will be played on Labour Day.

Highlighted nominees will have an opportunity to speak about their activism, their union, and what Labour Day means to them as they accept our first ever Elsie (Labour Council) awards.

Nominees and their union must agree to being filmed with the award presentations to be posted on Labour Council websites and social media on September 6.

Nominations are open now and close on June 10, at 4:30pm.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us, or our event organizer Laura Sharpe at

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