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I think back to 1911, when the B.C. government passed the first Park Act, creating Strathcona Park on Vancouver Island, and I wonder what the premier of the day, Richard McBride, would think about Bill 4, the Park Amendment Act?

In the past few weeks since convention I’ve had the opportunity to meet with BCGEU members, staff and community leaders, to continue building on the social and professional relationships established by past presidents.

There are two ways to measure our wealth.

One way is by counting the money we have in our own pocket. That’s completely legitimate. Everyone feels better when they have some cash in their pocket or bank account.

It was an honour to be elected as the first woman president of the BCGEU.

This is week number one.

Last weekend more than 400 delegates elected a new executive team to lead the BCGEU for the next three years. The team will be led by Stephanie Smith who becomes our union’s first woman president.

What an exciting time for our union.

Today, May 15, is Child Care Provider Appreciation Day in BC, a day to recognize and acknowledge the invaluable contributions child care providers make, and to thank them for delivering exceptional services and care for BC’s most important people: our children.

Appalling. Dangerous. A charter violation. Indescribably foolish.

These are just a few of the ways people are describing the Liberal government’s plans to close the Victoria Youth Custody Centre (VYCC).

Each year on April 28 people in communities around the province will gather to commemorate workers killed or injured on the job. Some people will attend a Day of Mourning ceremony because they have lost a loved one, a co-worker, or a friend. Others will be there out of solidarity and compassion.

Having worked for many years in public service and as an elected union official, I can assure you that it would be impossible for me to do my job, but for the able assistance of the many administrative service workers who keep our organizations and government running efficiently.