Edmonton-Manning NDP MLA Heather Sweet (second from left) paid a visit to AUPE’s Committee on Political Action on Thursday. Before getting elected on May 5, Sweet was an active AUPE member who sat on COPA. Joining the committee in welcoming her home was President Guy Smith.
AUPE extends its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Gerry Matthews, a life member and long-serving Local 005 treasurer who passed away suddenly on July 18.
Gerry will be missed by all who knew him, including his union family. He retired in 2011 after 32 years as a forest officer with the GOA. He had served for nine years as the Local 005 treasurer and was a dedicated and active AUPE member. In 2012 he was honoured with a life membership.
Gerry enjoyed golfing, camping, walking along the Bow River and volunteering at a second-hand store in Cochrane, where he relocated in 2011.
His sense of humour, passion for the people around him, infectious smile and laughter will be greatly missed.
Members of AUPE’s Pension Committee, including Executive Secretary-Treasurer Jason Heistad and Vice President Mike Dempsey, attended the Advanced Trust Management Standards Course in Vancouver in mid-July. The training allowed the committee members to hone their pension knowledge in order to serve the members better.
On July 9, 2015 your Chapter Representatives met at AUPE’s offices in Edmonton to elect a Bargaining Committee and learn more about AUPE’s structure and the bargaining process.