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Component 1 members grieve the loss of longtime friend, fellow officer and union activist - BCGEU


It is with deep sadness that I inform you of the sudden loss of one of our members and good friends, CJ Conroy, to cancer this week.

CJ was a long-time workplace union activist. He served the membership at the Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre (VIRCC) as a shop steward for 20 years and as the first vice-chairperson of Local 101 for 15 years. 

CJ was dedicated to supporting, representing and advocating on behalf of his fellow members in Corrections, as well as all members of the BCGEU, in the fight for fairness and healthy, safe workplaces. Through his work on political campaigns, he helped improve working conditions and wages, and make changes in his community and society.

On behalf of all our members in Component 1, we send our sincerest, heartfelt condolences to CJ's wife and daughter and to all his family, friends and fellow officers at VIRCC. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

We will miss CJ's gentle nature, good humour and the compassion he had for others.

A service for CJ will be held on: 

Thursday October 3, 2019
Location:    St. Anne's Church in Duncan at 1 pm followed by a reception at the Craig Street Brew Pub

A GoFundMe page has been set up by the union today to raise money for CJ's wife and young daughter.

Click here for the GoFundMe page

In solidarity and condolences,

Dean Purdy
Component 1 Vice-President & Local 101 Chair