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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).

UWOSA Photo Contest Winners

It was a difficult process, as many fabulous photos were submitted, but the winners of the 2011 UWOSA Photo Contest were finally chosen. Congratulations to this year's winners!

Click on the "Read More" text below to see the winning photos:

DATES TO REMEMBER from your UWOSA Membership/Social Committee

Hello everyone.

I will begin this note with a belated wish for a Happy, Healthy, New Year!

With the long round of negotiations over and the Christmas holidays celebrated a month ago!!, it is time to look forward to events and projects for 2011. Hopefully, most of you read about two of our upcoming items in the December Newsletter.

Congratulations to Cindy Morrison - Outstanding Volunteer!

Congratulations to UWOSA member Cindy Morrison from FIMS who was recently awarded the Images of Hope and Labour Appreciation Award from the Canadian Labour Congress and the United Way.

The award recognizes outstanding volunteer service by members of the labour community to the United Way of London & Middlesex and other community agencies.

UWOSA Photo Contest - submission deadline January 31st

UWOSA Members: Submit your entries now to the Annual UWOSA Photo Contest!

Please submit original photos (not retouched) in print form to the UWOSA Office at UCC 255. On the back of each print, write your name, campus address, campus phone extension and print category (People, Places or Things).

1st and 2nd place winners in each category will receive a prize. All members who submit an entry will also be eligible for a draw prize of
Lunch for 2 at Michael’s.

FREE opportunity for female UWOSA members who want to quit smoking

FREE Smoking Cessation Program – Getting Physical on Cigarettes

Getting Physical on Cigarettes is a research study funded by the Canadian Cancer Society. The purpose of Getting Physical on Cigarettes is to help women quit smoking – for good. All participants in this program will receive a 10-week nicotine replace therapy system (NicoDerm patch) and a 14-week exercise program. The exercise program will be completed at the University of Western Ontario in a private work-out facility (www.ehpl.uwo.ca).

A participant will also be given the option to know the results of her body composition, lung health, vascular health, and fitness tests. She will have the opportunity to know the measured positive changes occurring in her body with exercise adherence and smoking abstinence.

The next group of participants will be starting in December. A participant information session will be held on November 25th at 6pm in the Health Sciences Building room 240. If you have any questions or if you are interested in becoming a participant, please contact Lyndsay (phone: 519.661.3211 or email: lfitzgeo@uwo.ca).

Denise Farr
Membership Services Officer

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