When wrongs were being done, Shirley
immediately went to work to correct them.
Active in her union, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Shirley worked to improve the rights of working people by participating in numerous committees and coalitions at the local and national level.
First active in the Municipal Hospital Unit of CUPE 500
quickly became involved in a struggle over pay equity between aids and orderlies at the hospital.
It quickly became evident that the route for change involved the union, but also strong legislation.
participated in all levels of political action including chairing the CUPE Manitoba and the MFL
political Action Committees.
loved organizing elections and was the campaign manager for Bill Blaikie's first election.
From then on she
was engaged in more campaign's than she
full time in 1991, but quickly seconded her
to be the coordinator of CHO!CES, a Coalition for Social Justice
Building a strong network of labour and community activists, the struggle to prevent the worst of the Filmon Conservative agenda was the agenda.
Shirley held many leadership positions within her local, the Federation of Labour and the NDP.
Secretary of CUPE 500
, Winnipeg Labour Council Executive Member
, MFL Executive Member
, and finally President of the NDP
were just a few of the positions she
She also knew the importance of labour activists taking a role in the community at large and served on the Board of Deer Lodge Hospital, chair of the Inner City Voice, chairperson of CEDA and chairperson of Village Clinic.
When Shirley retired from CUPE her work did not end there.
decided that her
work had just begun in another chapter of her
Shirley Lord (right) with
in Kampala in December 4, 2006 at the activities for the International Day of the Disabled.
Pictured with Shirley
is Betty Balaba, who she
supported while in Uganda to go to Makarere University
In February 2004, Sister Lord and her
partner George packed up their belongings leaving Winnipeg in minus -40 degree weather to take up a new life in Kampala, Uganda.
In Uganda, Shirley began fundraising for orphans and working with the National Union of Persons with Disabilities through her work for Volunteer Services Oversees (VSO).
As part of the team Shirley
travelled into a several rural villages to participate in a research project focused on the needs of people with disabilities.
After returning to Winnipeg for a short visit during Christmas 2007, Shirley
and George were off again for a six-month Volunteer Services Overseas placement with the Christian Relief and Development Association
(CRDA), in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia.
"We are looking forward to our next adventure, but as always will miss friends and family," Shirley