On Saturday, January 30 the delegates from District 250 came together for the first Delegates meeting of the year. A few very special guests were present at that meeting; International President, Robert Martinez, GVP Ricky Wallace, and Canadian GVP Dave Ritchie. Ritchie discussed his upcoming retirement on April 30 and announced his successor, 692’s own, Brother Stan Pickthall.
Left to right; Canadian GVP Dave Ritchie, IP Robert Martinez, and newly appointed GVP Stan Pickthall
Pickthall started as a 692 member working for Finning in 1984. He became a Business Rep for District 250 in 1994 and elected Directing Business Rep in 2005. In 2013 he was appointed Chief of Staff. On May 1, 2016 he will take over the role as Canadian General Vice President.
Officers and Members of Local 692 wish GVP Dave Ritchie all the best in his retirement and Brother Stan Pickthall congratulations and all the best in his new upcoming role.
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As we all know, the Federal Election will be taking place October 19 and we are asking all of our eligible members to get out and vote! The last federal election showed that the majority of eligible voters did not vote. Perhaps you work long shifts or are out of town, or you’re simply unsure of the process – we can help you with that!
Start by registering to vote by going to the Elections Canada site. Once you’re registered you will receive an information card from Elections Canada (information cards will be mailed out to all registered voters on September 25.) If you are a first time voter or just need a refresher on the process, please review the Voter’s Guide from Elections Canada.
If you just can’t make it to the polls on October 19, please take the time to vote early or by mail. You can vote at your nearest Elections Canada office up until October 13. You can also vote on the advanced polling days (you’ll find the when and where on your voter information card.) You can also apply for a special ballot to be mailed in. For more information on any of these options or to apply for a special ballot voting kit, please visit Ways to Vote on the Elections Canada website.
If you have any questions or concerns with the voting process, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with someone from your Political Action/Membership Engagement Committee and we’ll try and help you out the best we can.
Political Action/Membership Engagement Committee:
Roland Sturt-Smith – firstname.lastname@example.org
Amanda Pascuzzi – email@example.com
Many of you are now aware of the 692 Pension Plan. Here are some fact sheets and more information in regards to the plan. If you still have questions, or need some clarification, please don’t hesitate to contact Cordell Draayers at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 604-513-3883
Northwest News – Pension Edition
CANNEX Financial Exchange
Lochlan Murray (son of a LL 692 member) has truly shown what the Service to the Community part of our motto is all about. The “Hungry Tummies” food drive began three years ago when Lochlan was just four years old. Please take a moment to read more about Lochlan and his campaign here.
Keep up the great work, Lochlan!
Please see attachments for information regarding the upcoming Municipal Elections
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Remember to save your beverage tabs! For every 20 litre pail full of tabs, Local 692 donates $1000 to BC and Alberta Guide Dogs. The cost of raising and training a guide dog is approximately $35,000 so every little bit counts. Larry Lento, Finning Sparwood, surprised us with four 20L pails on our recent trip for the September General Meeting. A big thank you to Larry Lento and Lloyd Wilkinson for the contribution!
Every year, within the IAM organization, there is a competition to aid members or their children with the cost of schooling. The 2015 IAM scholarship competition has just been announced. Click here for more details about the competition and eligibility.
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