Winners of the 2013 Outstanding Member Achievement Award announced

January 15, 2014 at 12:22pm

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s four Outstanding Member Achievement Awards! Each year, UFCW Locals 175 & 633 awards four prizes of $500 to deserving members who show leadership and dedication in four categories: advancement of the UFCW, fundraising for the LLSC, contributions to the community, and promoting a safe and healthy workplace. Click here for more information and the nomination form. Nominations are due each year by August 31.

2013 Outstanding Member Achievement Award winners

Lilly King – Coleman Care Centre

2013 Outstanding Member Achievement Award - UFCW Locals 175 & 633Lillian King has worked at the Coleman Care Centre in Barrie for 12 years. For the last five years, Lillian has been a hardworking Steward whose commitment to the membership was noted by her Union Rep Chris Fuller. “I’ve watched Lilly interact with her co-workers,” explained Fuller. “She always finds time to address their concerns and goes out of her way to assist anyone who needs it. To see her passion and dedication is really inspiring.”

Lillian has been a part of the negotiating committee in the last two rounds of bargaining, and she has attended a number of arbitration hearings as well. “She says her driving force is fueled by the support she receives from her co-workers,” said Fuller.

Thanks to her hard work and dedication to her role as a Steward and the well-being of her co-workers, Local 175 has awarded her an Outstanding Member Achievement Award for exceptional contributions in the area of Leadership and Advancement of the UFCW.


Cheryl Henry – Metro 422

2013 Outstanding Member Achievement Award - UFCW Locals 175 & 633As a long standing member of the Executive Board, Sister Henry is always giving her time to help in fundraising events. She sells tickets for raffle draws, helps out at the Thunder Bay Wine & Cheese event, volunteers at golf tournaments, and takes part in walk-a-thons. Cheryl is always there to lend a hand and take on whatever tasks needs to be done to make an event successful.

Cheryl works at Metro 422 in Thunder Bay where she has been a Steward for a number of years. “I cannot think of an event we have had in my time here that Cheryl has not volunteered at,” said Union Rep Dean McLaren. “She is everything our Union should be proud of, not only as a Steward and Executive Board member, but especially in her selfless charity work.”

Local 175 presented Cheryl Henry an Outstanding Member Achievement Award for exceptional contributions in the area of Fundraising for Leukemia Research.


Donna Rhodes – Maple Leaf Brantford

Donna has been a part of UFCW since 1994 as a me2013 Outstanding Member Achievement Award - UFCW Locals 175 & 633mber at Maple Leaf Foods in Brantford. She was the Chairperson at that facility for more than 10 years, and proved to be a great leader by listening and resolving issues for her co-workers. Sister Rhodes is also the Member Co-Chair on the Join Health & Safety Committee. “Donna always takes the time to understand the issues and listen to the members,” said Union Rep Sam Caetano. “She is vigilant about Health & Safety and makes sure everyone has a safe working environment.”

Outside of work, Donna is also a leader in her community. She raises awareness and much needed money for the LLSC and the United Way. “Donna always brings out the best in everyone around her,” said Sam. “She has a big heart and an even bigger smile.”

Congratulations to Donna on winning an Outstanding Member Achievement Award for exceptional contributions in the area of outstanding contributions to the community.


Manuel Aragon – La Rocca Cakes

2013 Outstanding Member Achievement Award - UFCW Locals 175 & 633Manuel Aragon has worked at La Rocca Cakes for about 15 years, and has been a Steward since the first contract was negotiated in 2006. He is also an integral part of the workplace Health and Safety Committee.

“Manuel serves the membership at La Rocca with commitment and dedication,” explained Union Rep John DiNardo. “He always ensures members are accommodated properly, and follows through with issues to make sure his Union Sisters and Brothers are working safely.”

Since the company moved to a new facility in 2009, Manuel has pursued a number of health & safety issues including ventilation for equipment fumes and proper training for agency workers. He also works to make sure that any agency workers employed outside the terms of the agreement are hired permanently.

Thanks to his great efforts in striving for a safer workplace, Local 175 awards Brother Aragon the Outstanding Member Achievement Award for improvements in Health and Safety in the workplace including WSIB.