The Ontario Federation of Union Retirees unveiled its new logo, adopted a new constitution and bylaws, and welcomed new officers and council members at its thirteenth biennial convention May 17-19, 2016 at the Unifor Family Education Centre in Port Elgin, Ontario.Over 70 delegates and guests participated in a well-received How to Lobby workshop presented by Erin Harrison, CLC Ontario Director. Ontario Federation of Labour President Chris Buckley brought greetings and congratulations. Delegates also heard an impassioned speech from Karen Bertrand, VP Region 5 Ontario Nurses Association, on health care cutbacks and implications for health and safety in Ontario.
On the last afternoon of the convention, Joe and Stephanie Mancini held the audience in awe as they discussed and explained their more than 30 years effort and commitment to building the Working Centre in Kitchener, Ontario. The Centre organizes its projects into six areas; the Job Search Resource Centre, St. John’s Kitchen, Community Tools, Access to Technology, Access to Housing and the Waterloo School for Community Development. They are a truly remarkable couple who believe in the dignity of the individual and building community.