To: Local Presidents and GSU National Council
Re: GSU Bursaries: Bonnie Robichaud, A.F. Wood, Jim Williams,
PSAC Scholarships and GSU and PSAC Honours and Awards
Government Services Union offers three Bursaries to dependents of GSU members attending post-secondary educational institutions. The bursaries are worth $1,000.00 each.
Application packages are enclosed with this letter. Information on the bursary requirements and PDF application packages are also available on the GSU Website (below).
You may also request a paper copy by contacting the GSU National Office.
Completed application packages must be received in the GSU National Office by October 12, 2017.
If you have any questions about these bursaries, please call the GSU National Office at 613 560 4395.
The A. F. Wood Bursary is named after former member Art Wood who served as the Executive Secretary for the Component from 1970 up until he passed away in 1982. Art made enormous contributions especially in the area of education for the membership and we are very proud to see a student bursary named in his honour.
The Jim Williams bursary is to honour Brother Williams who passed away on November 6, 2001. Jim’s working life was proof of his dedication to the labour movement. In 1977, Brother Williams joined the PSAC where he held the positions of Shop Steward, GLT Strike Captain, and President of UPWE Local 90011 before his election as Regional Vice-president in 1993. He held this position until the Merger Convention in 1999 where he was again elected as RVP Atlantic.
The Bonnie Robichaud bursary is named after a woman who won a landmark sexual harassment case in the Supreme Court while serving in many positions in her Local. Sister Robichaud has received numerous awards from the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, Woman of Distinction Award from the YWCA; Award of Merit from the PSAC, and a Certificate of Appreciation for her contribution to the PSAC’s Women Program.
Note: If you have been already selected a winner, you cannot re-apply for a bursary.
Did you know about the PSAC Scholarships and PSAC Honours and Awards?
Did you know that the PSAC offers scholarships to a PSAC member or a dependent child of a PSAC member in good standing? The program consists of 14 scholarships for dependent children of PSAC members and 3 scholarships for PSAC members who will be attending university, college or a recognized institute of higher learning on a full-time basis.
Applications are due June 23, 2017 and scholarships will be granted in the fall for the 2017-2018 academic year. For more details and applications on the PSAC Scholarship, please refer to the PSAC website at http://psacunion.ca/psac-2017-scholarship-program
PSAC Honours and Award
Did you know that the PSAC recognizes its activists and leaders who have devoted countless hours and years to the union’s membership, through three awards: the Award of Merit, Lifetime Membership Award and Long Service Awards? For more details on these awards, please refer to the PSAC website at http://psacunion.ca/honours-and-awards
Did you know that GSU also has Awards?
Government Services Union Life Membership award is to honour the members of the GSU. This is the highest award that can be given to a member for outstanding services performed.
The title of Honorary Award is granted to an individual who has become distinguished through active participation within the union movement. This award honors those who have made a profound contribution to the union.
The GSU Recognition Committee has established criteria to govern the granting of awards of merit in the Government Services Union. This award is to recognize members in the Government Services Union who have rendered service of the greatest distinction and have made major contribution to any or all levels of the organization.
Please do not hesitate to contact the GSU National Office if you have any questions.
Bonnie Robichaud, A.F. Wood and Jim Williams
GSU Bursaries Application Package
Who is eligible?
The successful recipient of this bursary will be a dependant of a GSU member in good standing, who is entering any post-secondary educational institution. Bursary recipients may not apply for the award a second time.
Applicants must complete a GSU Bursary Application Form and submit it to the GSU National Office prior to October 12, 2017. The successful applicant will be required to submit proof of registration in a post-secondary institution.
The Bursary will be awarded based on academic merit and financial need.
- Academic standing of 70% or greater in subjects required for entrance to university, college, or a recognized institute of higher learning.
- Proof of registration in a full-time program at a university, college or recognized institute of higher learning the student will be attending.
- In no more than 800 words answer the following essay question:
Please choose one of the following question and answer in no more than 800 words.
- What is mobilization and why do we need it?
- Should the unions be involved in politics, or if not, why?
The Government Services Union and our parent union, the Public Service Alliance of Canada, believes in “social unionism” which means that although our union is rooted in the workplace, we understand the importance of participating in and influencing the general direction of society. We strive not only to improve the lives of our members and their families but also the lives of all Canadians and the communities in which they live.
The Government Services Union reserves the right to withhold granting of an award if no applicant is deemed to possess the necessary requirements or for other valid reasons
ALL DOCUMENTATION MUST BE INCLUDED WITH YOUR APPLICATION OR IT WILL BE CONSIDERED INCOMPLETE.
- A completed application including contact information
- A copy of your most recent transcript
- Estimated budget for upcoming scholastic year
- Less than 800-word essay (essay topics included in the package)
- Proof of registration in a full-time program at a recognized post-secondary institution.
Applications must be received to the GSU National Office no later than October 12, 2017.
Mail to: GSU Union Recognition Committee
233 Gilmour Street, Suite 705
Ottawa, ON K2P 0P2
or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.