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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).

Volunteer Required - Learning, Staff Development & Training Committee

Dear UWOSA Member,

We are looking for a member to sit on the Learning, Staff Development and Training Committee. This is a joint UWO/UWOSA committee whose mandate is covered under Article 46 in the collective agreement.

If you would like to be a member of this committee, please forward a completed Committee Appointment Request Form, found at to Mary Hay at UWOSA, UCC 255, via email to:, or by fax to ext 82180 by Tuesday, May 31st.

Thank you,

Deb Novakowski

UWOSA Bursaries

At the Annual General Meeting on April 21st, UWOSA’s membership approved a budget which included two student bursaries, each for $1,000 per year. For more information, and to apply for one of these bursaries, please click on the following Needs-Based Awards.

UWOSA Bursary
The UWO Staff Association Bursary is awarded to a dependent of a UWOSA member.

The Mary Campbell Memorial Bursary
The Mary Campbell Memorial Bursary is awarded to a single parent or the dependent children of a single parent, with primary consideration given to the single parent.

Who was Mary Campbell?

UWOSA is proud to offer a bursary honouring this memorable woman. The bursary was established after her death in 1983 in order to ‘enable a woman in economic need and with some commitment to social change, to pursue post-secondary education’.

Mary Campbell was born in Saskatchewan during the Depression. From a young age, she became involved in social movements, from lowering the voting age to 18 to the rollback of prices (which led to the formation of the Consumers’ Association). After moving to London, in the 1960s she became a part of the international women’s peace network and the Ban the Bomb movement.

When women workers in London and district became involved in a couple of bitter strikes, Mary Campbell organized support for them. As President of UWOSA, Mary worked hard at attaining labour union status, believing that this would provide the best protection for members. She was also a founding member of the London Status of women Action Group.

Mary Campbell was known as a warrior, a gentle person, a good listener, and a woman of action.

In Memoriam - Kris Milne

UWOSA is sad to report that one of our members, Kris Milne passed away on Saturday, April 30, 2011, at the age of 59.

Kris was born in Thunder Bay, May 7, 1951, and moved to London after high school and attended Fanshawe College. She worked in the Pathology department as a teaching aide technician for 36 years. During this time, she earned a bachelor's degree in 1993 and an honours degree in Visual Arts in 2001.

Kris enjoyed horse back riding and pottery making. Her small dog Ruby loved playing with Kris, especially fly ball. Carrying on will be her cherished son Nathan. Her devoted friend Mike will be seeing to the needs of her adored puppy Ruby. Barbie, Rob, Dave and Craille were with Kris every step of the way, and many other friends and co- workers, too many to list, are remembered today and always. Special thanks are extended from those who loved her to all her health care professionals, especially George, Becky, P.J. and Dr. Fleming. Kris is also survived by her sisters Judi and Lori, and Nathan's cousins in Thunder Bay. Arrangements are being made to donate, as per Kris's wish, one of her favorite paintings to Victoria Hospital.


Constitution and Bylaws Committee

Membership: Open to all members in good standing

a) To review on a regular basis and provide clarity to the Constitution and Bylaws;
b) To accept items from either the Executive Committee, the Stewards Council, other committees, and members of The Association for consideration, and to deliberate on such items in a timely fashion;
c) To report in writing to the Stewards Council not less than once per fiscal year, and to recommend such changes as it considers warranted.

Membership, Newsletter and Social Committee

Membership: Open to all members in good standing


a) To investigate and propose programs and policies which will advance the educational, social and cultural interests of The Association membership.

b) To provide communications internal to The Association. This includes, but is not limited to the following duties:
i) To publish the Newsletter of The Association;
ii) To forward, or cause to be forwarded, items for The Association website publication;
iii) To construct and supply items for Stewards to post on Association bulletin boards.

If you are interested in joining in the work of these committees, please contact Mary Hay via e-mail at

Stephanie Macleod
Vice President
Room 255, UCC
Phone: 519-661-2111, Extn. 87574

Members Needed - NEW UWOSA Training & Education Committee

Dear UWOSA member,

Last Thursday, at the Annual General Meeting, a change to Bylaw 5.2.3 added a new UWOSA standing Committee for Education and Training.

Communicating with members and sharing information served UWOSA well last fall during the collective bargaining process. One of our goals for this coming electoral year is to help develop the confidence and skills of UWOSA members through training opportunities. This will make us even stronger when we return to the negotiations table in 2013.

The duties of this committee are as follows:

• Meet at least quarterly and report to the Executive on a quarterly basis;
• Develop and propose procedures for expenditures of the Education and Training budget to the Executive;
• Investigate and propose programs and policies which will advance the educational and training needs and interests of the Association membership;
• Establish criteria and adjudicate applications from members for education and training opportunities;
• On an annual basis, present a report to the Annual General meeting.

If you would like to sit on this committee, please contact Mary Hay via email ( or at ext 85089.

In solidarity,
Deb Novakowski

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