2013 Fall NADC Full Underway

The fall school and meeting of NADC is currently underway in Prince George. There is a full slat of courses and union members getting excellent education. Looking forward to a chance to socialize and enjoy a good buffet supper tonight.

Final Schedule

General Schedule of Events for NADC:

Coffee times will be 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily, except for Thursday when times are being adjusted to accommodate the general meeting starting at 3:30 p.m., coffee will be served at 3:00 p.m. on that day.

Lunch time is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. – 1: 00 p.m. (subject to change by Facilitator’s in each course)

Monday September 23rd – Wednesday, September 25thLabour Law, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Cedar Boardroom) Starting on Thursday, September 26th through Friday September 27th, Labour Law workshop joins with Bully and Harassment Course (Alder Boardroom)

Wednesday September 25th – Friday, September 27th:  Steward Learning Series, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Cranbrook North). Coffee breaks will be in Cranbrook South

Wednesday September 25th: 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Executive Meeting (Cranbrook South)

Wednesday September 25th:  Reception Table 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. outside the Coaches Corner in the Lobby area. After 7:00 p.m. please come into Coach’s Corner Pub and meet up with the rest of us. Wednesday evening NADC Social will be hosted by Local #3799, UNBC; the Local will be giving $20 gift certificates to all NADC participants towards some food or drink in Coach’s Corner for the evening.

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Hotel Reservations for 2013 Fall NADC

The Ramada hotel in downtown Prince George will not only be the location of the sessions but also the recommended hotel for attendees to use. The entire facility is unionized, including the Starbucks in the lobby and the pub.

Please call and book your rooms early as the month of September fills up fast and our block of rooms are only reserved until August 27th, after that special room rate will still apply but subject to availability.

Please ask for a room on the side streets of 4th or 5th avenue or on the backside of the hotel away from George Street. The new Wood Innovation Design Centre (WIDC) is being built on George street and some noise can be expected.

Reservation Procedure – Individual Guests to make own reservations:
Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel directly at the numbers listed below and
mentioning the group name NORTHERN AREA DISTRICT COUNCIL or block code CG01CU to
receive the special rate:
Ramada Prince George Reservations Direct 1.250.563.0055
Ramada Prince George Toll Free 1.800.830.8833
Email reservations@ramadaprincegeorge.com
Premiere Room $119.00 single/double occupancy
$ 15.00 additional person in room.

There is also a tower suite option available. Please contact hotel for the price.
All rates are subject to applicable taxes.
Rates are quoted in Canadian funds.

Hotel Website

Courses for 2013 Fall NADC

Here are the course descriptions for the upcoming NADC in Prince George. Caroline will also be producing a NADC package that contains the information about the meetings, social events and other pertinent information. That will be coming out shortly to the web site, emailed to the locals that contact information is known for and provided to the CUPE Area Offices to send out.

NADC – Sep 23-27 – PGeorge

2013 Spring AGM Smithers

The 2013 Spring AGM saw a different format utilized. Instead of being on Saturday morning, the classes were let out early on Thursday at 3:00 p.m and the meeting started at 3:30 p.m. There was quorum and members from the Smithers locals came out as well.

Elections were held and Wally Miedema was elected as President, Maureen Hummel as Treasurer, David Wieler as Eastern VP, Michelle Montemurro as Western VP and Flo as a trustee.

NADC Young Worker going to Convention

At the 2013 Spring AGM it was decided to utilize the convention credential that the District Council gets for a young worker, by offering to pay all expenses for the person to attend. There was no young workers in attendance who came forward. The NADC local’s were given until Friday March 16th to submit a name to the Executive. A random draw was done and Kayla from local 4990 in Quesnel is the selected young worker to attend.

Spring 2013 Smithers

The Spring 2013 NADC school was held in Smithers BC at the Hudson’s Bay Lodge. Over 80 members took in a variety of courses concerning advanced Executive, note taking, steward learning series and financial officer’s training.

The common coffee times were great for people to mingle with other classes.

Barbell Schroter co-organized the Spring session including the social evening. Tracey Berry and Dorothy Cardinal from Local 1570 Smithers Municipal spear headed the show at the social and rounded up some great shwag.

Some of the prizes required that people admitted to (and showed!) somewhat unusual tattoos or piercings, which resulted  in someone in the crowd saying, “do you have anything for a NORMAL person !”.

Our DJ was Elgin Cutler, first time at a union event. He’s a ASSW (Aboriginal Support Services Worker)  at the highschool. He loved it.
In preparation for that evening, he researched workers/union songs. He’s a rap and hip/hop guy himself, but he was excited about the political/social commentary he found in those songs he found.