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Background Information

Employment History

Board Member

Deer Lodge Hospital

Chair

Canadian Union of Public Employees

Global Justice Activists

Canadian Union of Public Employees

Local 500 Activist

Canadian Union of Public Employees

Chair

MFL Political Action Committee

President

Manitoba NDP

Municipal Hospital Unit President

Local 500

Executive Member

Manitoba Federation of Labour

Executive Member

Winnipeg Labour Council

Affiliations

Unit and Recording Secretary
Local 500

Web References (12 Total References)


On August 27, the Joseph Zuken ...

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On August 27, the Joseph Zuken Association honoured former CUPE Local 500 activist Shirley Lord with the prestigious Joseph Zuken Citizen Activist Award. The award ceremony was held at Winnipeg's West End Cultural Centre where friends, family, and community leaders gathered to celebrate the achievements of Shirley. shirley.jpg

Shirley was very active in CUPE and the labour movement for decades. She served as the President of the Municipal Hospital Unit and Recording Secretary with Local 500, was chair of the CUPE Manitoba and MFL Political Action Committees. She also worked at the CUPE Manitoba Regional Office. Additionally, Shirley was an Executive member of the Winnipeg Labour Council and Manitoba Federation of Labour.
Shirley served as President of the Manitoba NDP, and was the coordinator of CHO!CES, a coalition for social justice. She was the chair of both CEDA and Village Clinic, as well as a board member for Deer Lodge Hospital.
Shirley was also deeply committed to global justice, doing important work in Kampala, Uganda and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
CUPE is proud of the work that Shirley has done over the many years of her activism, and we look forward to her continued involvement in the labour movement. We have no doubt that Shirley's work has positively affected the lives of countless CUPE members, and for this we offer her our sincere thanks.


CUPE Local 500 :: News/Media

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On August 27, the Joseph Zuken Association honoured former CUPE Local 500 activist Shirley Lord with the prestigious Joseph Zuken Citizen Activist Awa…


Shirley Lord with VSO ...

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Shirley Lord with VSO Ethiopia acting director Semira Alhadi

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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.
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Shirley was a municipal hospital unit president with Local 500 (Winnipeg city workers) and worked at the Manitoba regional office of CUPE.
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Streets are in much better condition than Uganda (where Shirley and George did an earlier stint as volunteers).
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"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.


Last night the Joseph Zuken ...

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Last night the Joseph Zuken Association honoured former CUPE Local 500 activist Shirley Lord with the prestigious Joseph Zuken Citizen Activist Award.

Shirley Lord (right) with Winnipeg City Councelor Jenny Gerbasi at the 2014 Joseph Zuken Citizen Activist Award ceremony
Shirley Lord (left) with Winnipeg City Counselor Jenny Gerbasi at the 2014 Joseph Zuken Citizen Activist Award ceremony
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At a ceremony held in Winnipeg's West End Cultural Centre, friends, family, and community leaders gathered to celebrate the achievements of Shirley, as well as to celebrate the lasting impact her years of activism has had on the community.
Shirley was very active in CUPE and the labour movement for decades. Shirley was a municipal hospital unit president with Local 500, was chair of the CUPE Manitoba and MFL Political Action Committees, and was secretary of CUPE 500. She also worked at the CUPE Manitoba Regional Office. Additionally, Shirley was an Executive member of the Winnipeg Labour Council and Manitoba Federation of Labour.
Shirley served as President of the Manitoba NDP, and was the coordinator of CHO!CES, a coalition for social justice. She was the chair of both CEDA and Village Clinic, as well as a board member for Deer Lodge Hospital.
Shirley was also deeply committed to global justice, doing important work in Kampala, Uganda and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
CUPE is proud of the work that Shirley has done over the many years of her activism, and we look forward to her continued involvement in the labour movement. We have no doubt that Shirley's work has positively affected the lives of countless CUPE members, and for this we offer her our sincere thanks.


Shirley Lord Profile

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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).
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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.
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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.

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