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UWOSA is an independent union representing approximately 860 administrative and technical staff at the University of Western Ontario. Our members work in every area of the University in a wide variety of roles. We are Academic Counselling Assistants, Admissions Coordinators, Animal Care Technicians, Booth Attendants, Computer Specialists, Dental Assistants, Drivers, Events Coordinators, Faculty Affairs Assistants, Graduate Coordinators, Horticultural Technicians, Laboratory Supervisors, Library Assistants, OSAP Coordinators, Prospect Researchers, Research Assistants, Residence Clerks, Schedulers, Secretaries, Storeskeepers, Technical Supervisors and Undergraduate Assistants (and so much more).

Helping Those in Need This Holiday Season

This year, the Membership, Newsletter, & Social committee has decided that UWOSA will support LIFE*SPIN for our 2015 holiday charity.

LIFE*SPIN is a local organization that provides information and support for individuals surviving on low-incomes, and supports the empowerment and self-development of these individuals in their efforts to attain self-sufficiency. As in previous years, LIFE*SPIN is accepting contributions for families through donations of food, gifts, and monetary support.

Deb Ratz, Assistant Manager, for the LIFE*SPIN Free Store states, “For the past twenty years, LIFE*SPIN has facilitated a holiday sponsorship program that provides additional support to the poor families in our community. This program relieves poverty for low-income families with children over the holiday season. LIFE*SPIN matches low-income families with those wishing to help a disadvantaged family celebrate the holidays. We are again offering this program and have greatly appreciated your support in past years. Thank you again for your continued generosity and support; It is deeply appreciated.”

There are two ways you can help UWOSA support LIFE*SPIN this season:

1) Sign up as a group or an individual to support one family:

If you sign up on their website, you will receive a holiday “wish list” from the recipient family and can then coordinate the purchase of gifts for each child in that family. Gifts should be limited to a maximum of $25-$30 per child. You can also include a grocery store gift card for the family to shop together for their holiday meal or a small gift for the parents, although these are at your discretion.

2) Purchase or provide monetary gifts for underserved gift recipients that we will pass along to LIFE*SPIN to distribute.

LIFE*SPIN's most underserved group is children aged 13-18. Gifts for this age group could include gift cards (shopping mall, Chapters, iTunes, Subway, professional sports team items, etc.), chocolate or candy, nail polish, or school supplies.

In order for LIFE*SPIN to distribute gifts on time, please drop your donations off at the UWOSA Office, UCC Room 255, by 4 pm Friday, December 11.

If you have purchased for a specific family (Option 1 above), please ensure that you include a printout of your confirmation email so
that the representatives at LIFE*SPIN know who the gifts are for.

If you would like to receive a Charitable Tax receipt for the value of your purchases, please retain all your receipts and mail them to LIFE*SPIN by December 15th to P.O. Box 2801, London, ON N6A 4H4. Please note that they cannot issue the receipt for the HST portion of your donations in-kind.

If you have questions about the program, please feel free to contact LIFE*SPIN directly, however, please note that they only have two telephone lines, so detailed messages and your advance patience are appreciated. Their phone number is 519-438-8676; fax number is 519-438-7983; and the email address is

Notice of UWOSA General Meeting

Dear UWOSA Member,

This is Notice that the University of Western Ontario Staff Association will be holding a General Meeting on Thursday, December 10, 2015 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm in the Social Science Centre, Room 2050.

Following is the Agenda for this meeting. A copy of the Agenda and the attachments for the Agenda can be found in the Members Area of the UWOSA website ( If you would like a paper copy of these documents, please email

1. Approval of the Agenda
2. Approval of the Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held April 9, 2015**
3. Business Arising out of the Minutes
4. Report of the President (Meg Perinpanayagam)
5. Report of the Treasurer (Rob Fournier)
- Presentation of the Audited Financial Statements for the Fiscal Year ended April 30, 2015** (Paul Kensit, CPA, CA, BDO Dunwoody, LLP)
6. Report of Other Officers
7. Reports of Standing Committees
a) Constitution & Bylaw Committee (John Critchley)
- Proposed Changes to Article 7.12**
8. Any Unfinished Business from Previous Meetings
9. New Business
10. Adjournment

Please bring photo identification to gain admittance to the meeting.

You are entitled to 2 hours away from work (including your regularly scheduled meal period) to attend this meeting. In addition, if you work away from main campus, you are entitled to up to one hour of additional time for travel. This time does not need to be made up.

** available for review in the UWOSA office prior to the meeting

Member Advantage: Laura Secord Discounts This Weekend

The Laura Secord stores at Masonville Place and White Oaks Mall are offering a special VIP discount this weekend at their stores. All UWOSA members who show their UWOSA membership card & Western staff card will receive 20% off all purchases; this discount is not valid with any other offers or discounts. This offer is only valid November 20 – 22.

As a friendly reminder, the Columbia Employee Store discount is also in effect at this time and runs November 16 – December 20. Please review the procedures to obtain this discount on the UWOSA website as you must bring the invitation, your Western ONECard and your UWOSA membership card to be eligible for this discount at Columbia.

Best regards,

Heather Guizzetti
on behalf of the UWOSA Membership, Newsletter, & Social Committee

Heather Guizzetti

Membership Services Officer
University of Western Ontario Staff Association (UWOSA)

VACANCIES: Staff Conference Advisory Committee and Learning, Staff Developement & Training Committee

There are two committes looking for UWOSA representation:

Staff Conference Advisory Committee
The Staff Conference Advisory Committee contributes to the successful planning and hosting of the annual Western Staff & Leaders’ Conference.

Learning, Staff Development and Training Committee
This committee, outlined in Article 46 of the collective agreement, is responsible for addressing the planning of learning, development and training initiatives for staff.

If you are interested in putting your name forward to sit on either committee, please download and complete the Committee Appointment Request Form and send it to the UWOSA office by campus mail to: UWOSA, UCC Room 255, by email to or by fax to ext 82180. All forms must be received by Monday, November 30, 2015.

The Stewards Council will appoint a member to this committees at its meeting on December 2, 2015 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm. All applicants are expected to attend this meeting (location TBD).

If you have any questions, please call Mary Hay at ext 85089 or email

Member Advantage: UWOSA Exclusive Invitation from Columbia Employee Store

Just in time for holiday shopping, please visit the "Members Only" area for an exclusive offer from the Columbia Employee Store!

This invitation is only valid from November 16 - December 20, 2015.

Please be sure to read the instructions for store entry as you will not be admitted into the store without *all three* of the items listed. If you need a new UWOSA card, please contact Mary Hay (; if you need a new Western ONECard, please visit Student Central in WSS1120 with a piece of valid government-issued photo ID.

Best regards,

Heather Guizzetti
on behalf of the UWOSA Membership, Newsletter, & Social Committee

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