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This profile was last updated on 6/21/08  and contains information from public web pages.


CUPE 500

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    Deer Lodge Hospital
Web References
Shirley Lord Profile, 21 June 2008 [cached]
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, she 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. She participated in all levels of political action including chairing the CUPE Manitoba and the MFL political Action Committees. She 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 can remember.
CUPE hired her 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 held. 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. Rather she decided that her work had just begun in another chapter of her life.
Shirley Lord (right) with
Shirley Lord 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 said.
Shirley Lord with VSO ..., 19 Mar 2008 [cached]
Shirley Lord with VSO Ethiopia acting director Semira Alhadi
Long-time CUPE global justice activists Shirley Lord and George Harris have taken up duties in Ethiopia, where they are on a six-month posting with Volunteer Services Overseas.
Shirley was a municipal hospital unit president with Local 500 (Winnipeg city workers) and worked at the Manitoba regional office of CUPE.
Streets are in much better condition than Uganda (where Shirley and George did an earlier stint as volunteers).
"The opportunities offered me as an activist in CUPE both in education and experience provided me with the skills that I am now using in my VSO placement in Ethiopia," Shirley says.
CUPE > News, 23 Nov 2007 [cached]
Shirley Lord with VSO Ethiopia acting director Semira Alhadi
March 2, 2008 01:22 PM Long-time CUPE global justice activists Shirley Lord and George Harris have taken up duties in Ethiopia, where they are on a six-month posting with Volunteer Services Overseas.
MFL Women's Committee Main Page, 23 April 2006 [cached]
Shirley Lord - a Winnipeg union activist who traveled to in Kampala, Uganda to raise money for orphans and worked for Volunteer Services Oversees
National President’s Report June 28-29 2000: Retirements (National President's Reports), 31 Dec 2000 [cached]
They are : from National Office – Clarice Dewar ( bookkeeper 1 ) , Carol Marolt ( assistant accountant ) , Tracy Morey ( senior communications officer ) , Judith Wegren ( collective agreement analyst ) ; from Quebec – Pierrette Lampron ( secretary , Trois-Rivères Area Office ) ; from Ontario – Ruby Chisholm ( national representative ) ; from Manitoba – regional director , Eugene Kostyra and Shirley Lord ( secretary , Manitoba Regional Office ) ; and from B.C. – Dave Eastmead ( national representative , Kelowna Area Office ) and Carole Stewart ( secretary , B.C. Regional Office ).
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