October 25, 2010
Several hundred delegates to the Manitoba Government Employees Union Annual Convention on October 23 elected long time MGEU activist and executive member Sister Lois Wales to succeed Brother Peter Olfert who retired after holding the post for 24 years. Wales, who is also Executive Vice-President of the Manitoba Federation of Labour, thanked Brother Olfert for his many years of service.
“Peter’s dedication to putting our members first and making sure our issues were front and centre in negotiations with the employer and with the general public is a legacy that will be hard to fill.”
The sentiment was echoed by Manitoba Federation of Labour President Kevin Rebeck when he spoke to Convention. “Brother Olfert sat on the MFL Executive Council for twenty-four years. His leadership and skill-set has resulted in many improvements for not only union members in Manitoba, but all working people.”
Throughout her campaign Wales was straightforward about what she plans to bring to the presidency in response to the message she has been hearing from the members.
“They have told me how much they think our union would benefit from the kind of leadership I can offer. Strong, committed, experienced and innovative. Members have told me that they are looking for a leader that can be inclusive. Members have told me that they are looking for a leader that will be transparent. Members have told me that they are looking for a leader that has compassion and integrity. “I am honoured that they believe so strongly that I have those qualities and can provide the kind of leadership the union needs right now.”
The MFL congratulations Sister Wales for a well deserved election win.