AGM 2018: Recap of Day 2

Publish date: Wednesday, May 02, 2018


MNU President

Over 1000 nurses, community members and representatives from other organizations joined together for a massive rally in front of the Manitoba Legislature. The rally was in support of Safe Patient Care, and against ongoing cuts and changes to frontline services.

The crowd of more than 1,000 called for the government to put patients first and to make investments in health care to ensure that all Manitobans have timely access to safe health care.

Over 1,000 Manitobans attended our Rally for Safe Patient Care.

Darlene Jackson was elected President for a two-year term beginning July 1, 2018.

Rally participants called for the provincial government to reconsider the WRHA’s Phase II plan as well as further rural cuts and consolidation. 

“I hope they are having second thoughts. Solutions can’t just be about saving money,” Mowat told the crowd. “Nurses know. We don’t believe the spin. The government has made a mess and now they’re refusing to clean it up.”

Also speaking at the rally was Linda Silas, President of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions; MNU Board member Deanna Douglas; and St. Boniface Local 5 President Karen Sadler.

New President-Elect

After hearing from each of the four candidates for President on Day 1, Day 2 featured the vote for President. Delegates elected Darlene Jackson to serve a two-year term as President beginning July 1, 2018.

“I’d like to congratulate Darlene for running a successful campaign to become the next President for Manitoba’s Nurses. Darlene is a veteran leader in our union, whose many years of experience as an activist have her well prepared for her new role” said Mowat. “I also want to thank all of the candidates for putting their name forward for election. Their campaigns, hard work and continued dedication to Manitoba’s nurses are vital to our success as a democratic organization.”

Resolutions passed

Four resolutions were presented to MNU delegates for consideration; three resolutions were passed and one defeated.

Passed resolutions were Resolutions 2, 3 and 4. Resolution 2 allows for an enhanced defence/strike fund. Resolution 3 calls on MNU to continue to lobby the government to ensure “Manitoba is provided with appropriate and effective security personnel and resources to protect and secure the safety of all health care staff and patients in Manitoba.” Resolution 4 called for the formation of a working group of rural and remote presidents to explore, discuss and make recommendations to the MNU as to how to address the challenges facing rural and remote members.

Yellow Ribbon Award and Lifetime membership recognition

Every year, MNU recognizes members who have exemplified the spirit of the Yellow Ribbon. The yellow ribbon emerged in the 1990s as a symbol of nurses’ willingness to stand together and support each other. This year’s recipients are exemplary patient and nurse advocates. Congratulations to Deanna Douglas and Val Alderson for being this year’s Yellow Ribbon Award recipients.

MNU also presented a lifetime membership to long-time activist Irene Wiebe. Wiebe held many positions in the union, serving as Treasurer for the Southern region for many years, as well as President for Boundary Trails Nurses Worksite 7/32. She demonstrated a strong commitment to ensuring members were aware of union activities, making their voices heard, and helping to address issues and concerns.

Tribute to Sandi Mowat

Vice President Donna McKenzie MC’d a touching tribute to outgoing MNU President Sandi Mowat, who will retire at the end of her term on June 30. The tribute featured remarks from CFNU President Linda Silas, Secretary-Treasurer Darlene Jackson, HSC Local 10 President Lana Penner, and a special presentation from members of Norway House Cree Nation MNU local 139. Mowat has been President of MNU for 10 years.

Donations to Bruce Oake Foundation

After hearing from Anne Oake, a representative from the Bruce Oake Foundation, locals and worksites from across the province dug deep and donated over $23,000 in support of the foundation’s project to establish a new, non-profit addiction treatment centre in Winnipeg. Further contributions will be raised through draws and raffles at this evening’s banquet.


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