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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).

2016 UWOSA Retreat – March 12, 2016

UWOSA is happy to present “Reflect and Renew” its 7th Annual Retreat on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at the Windermere Manor from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Registration is free for all UWOSA members, but spaces are limited, so please register early.

Presenters this year include:

• Dr. Jamie Richards, Life Design Consultant, will present simple techniques to enhance how you move, eat, and think.
• Craig Morrisson, McMahon, Morrison & Watts, will present how social media postings may affect your job.
• Your UWOSA representatives will be presenting sessions on supervision vs. bullying and your rights under the collective agreement.
• Gilles Bernard, London Hypnotherapy Centre, is our keynote speaker, who will talk about staying focused.

Attached is copy of the Retreat announcement and registration form (bottom half of the announcement). You may also download the flyer from our website, www.uwosa.ca.

If you would like a hard copy of the Retreat flyer/form, please contact info@uwosa.ca.

We look forward to seeing you then.

Meg Perinpanayagam
President

UWOSA Elections 2016 Reminder

Dear Members,

I hope that you had a wonderful holiday. This is just a reminder that all the information for this year's elections can be found on the UWOSA website (www.uwosa.ca).

Should you have any questions or would like any more information, please contact me or any member of the Elections Committee: Francisco Bautista-Cruz, Sharon Campbell, Will Harris, Mary Hay (ex officio), Rodger Moran, Ann Seabrook, and Connie Sutherland.

Happy New Year!

Tiffany

Tiffany Trudgeon, Chair
UWOSA Elections Committee

UWOSA 2016 Call for Nominations

Dear Members,

As you finish your last couple of working days in 2015, I’d like to draw your attention to the upcoming UWOSA Elections for 2016.

All the information for the upcoming elections can be found on the UWOSA website (www.uwosa.ca). Please click on the following to access this information:

Call for Nominations - 2016 Election

Nomination Form

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) - UWOSA Elections

Should you have any questions or would like any more information, please contact me or any of the members of the Elections Committee: Francisco Bautista-Cruz, Sharon Campbell, Will Harris, Mary Hay (ex officio), Rodger Moran, Ann Seabrook, and Connie Sutherland.

Have a wonderful holiday,
Tiffany

Tiffany Trudgeon, Chair
UWOSA Elections Committee

Donations for Life*Spin - Deadline this Friday, December 11

Just a reminder that the UWOSA Office is accepting donations for Life*Spin until 4:00 pm this Friday, December 11th.

If you have not selected a family, you can still purchase or provide monetary gifts for LIFE*SPIN to distribute.

The 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.

Heather Guizzetti
UWOSA Membership Services Officer

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:

http://www.jotform.com/form/10242553481

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 life@execulink.com.

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