Dear members,  

Please read on for general CUPE BC announcements and to learn more about upcoming events, learning resources, and community engagement opportunities.

CUPE BC Web Conference | Build Your Resilience | June 15

Please join CUPE BC’s Summer 2021 Web Conference led by Diana Vissers, Occupational Health Consultant and CEO of Work to Wellness.  In this webinar, Diana will introduce a framework for understanding mental health and wellness and share tools for managing the stress of the pandemic.

Build Your Resilience: Tools for Managing the Stress of COVID-19 Date:  June 15, 2021 Time:  9:30-11:00 am PST (90 minutes) Presenter: Diana Vissers   Free Registration: Click here Registration Deadline:  Monday, June 14, 2021 at 12:00 pm PST

Live captioning and translation in French will be provided.  Members of all affiliated and non-affiliated locals are welcome to attend.

Aubrey Burton/Reg Ford Scholarship | Application Form | Aug 31, 2021

CUPE BC is now accepting applications for the Aubrey Burton/Reg Ford Scholarship.  Please find attached a copy of the application form.

Scholarships are awarded on both a competitive and lottery basis based on the following criteria:

1. Parent, Guardian or Spouse of Applicant, or the Applicant her/himself must be a member in good standing of a CUPE Local affiliated to CUPE BC at the time of application.

2. Applicant must have completed Grade 12 in the current or previous calendar year.

3. Applicant must be entering first year of a recognized public postsecondary institution in BC. A copy of the acceptance letter from the admitting institution must be supplied.

4. Applicant must complete an application form supported by copies of the Senior Secondary Statement and letter(s) of reference from school principal or counsellor.

All applications must be received by the CUPE BC Office ( by end of day on August 31, 2021.

Pensions & Retirement Fact Sheet | CUPE BC Pensions Committee

Attached is a “Pensions and Retirement” Fact Sheet prepared by the CUPE BC Pensions Committee as part of its 2019-2021 Committee Action Plan.  Please feel free to share this information with members of your local.

CUPE BC Pink Triangle Committee | Video & YouTube Channel

The CUPE BC Pink Triangle Committee created a video and started its own YouTube Channel, both of which can be accessed using the links below:

“Sending Virtual Hugs” Video:

Pink Triangle YouTube Channel:

SD 73 Video | Brake for Buses | #brakeforbuses

Each school day, thousands of students leaving their school bus are at risk of being struck by vehicles that fail to stop at the flashing stop lights and signs.  Please click here to view a video produced by School District 73 (Kamloops-Thompson), which was cited by CUPE members during the 2021 CUPE BC Convention.

K-12 President’s Council | Member Consultation Session | June 5, 2021

The K-12 President’s Council is hosting a Saturday meeting for custodians, caretakers, building service workers, and similar classifications to share priorities about work.  Please find the meeting details below and email Chris Losito ( with any questions:

Meeting: Custodians, Caretakers, Building Service Workers and similar classifications

Date: Saturday, June 5, 2021

Time: 10:00am-12:00pm

Zoom Link:  click here

For more information about the K-12 President’s Council, please visit and follow them @cupek12bc on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Call For Information | Summer 2021 Community Events

Is your local organizing and/or participating in any virtual community events over the coming months?  If so, please send your event information to Darci Schmid ( for distribution to all affiliated CUPE locals.

Call to Action | CUPE Climate Change Emergency Declaration

The CUPE National Environment Committee invites all CUPE Locals, District Councils, and other CUPE contacts to sign a declaration recognizing the global climate crisis.  Please find links below to the climate declaration form (ENG/FR) and submit the completed form by email to

Call to Action | CUPE Local 382 | Food Bank Donation Challenge

CUPE Local 382 (Greater Victoria SD 61) invites all CUPE Locals to participate in a ‘Toonie’ challenge to support BC Food Banks. Making a donation to a centralized location is a wonderful way to contribute while providing Food Banks with more strategic buying power for an even distribution of resources. To donate online, please visit and type ‘Food Banks British Columbia’ in the search field to identify Food Banks in your region. To learn more about CUPE Local 382’s Food Bank challenge and other community initiatives, please email

Should you have any questions regarding this update, please email for additional information.

In solidarity,

CUPE BC Executive Board
CUPE British Columbia