Friday, November 8, 2019

Mariane Rioux recipient of national scholarship

Each year the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) – of which the New Brunswick Union (NBU) is a member – awards six scholarships that reflect its pursuit of equal opportunity for all workers.
The scholarships are available to the children/grandchildren and foster children/grandchildren of the current 390,000 members of NUPGE.
The NBU is proud to announce this year’s recipient of the Scholarship for LGBTQ2 Students is Mariane Rioux. As the first winner of NUPGEs newest scholarship, Mariane reflected on the importance of trade unions in supporting the LGBTQ2 community in her written submission:
At the heart of the trade union is solidarity and the belief in the equal rights and dignity of all human beings. Trade unions have stood up for LGBTQ2 workers against the disdain of institutions and employers, against the marginalization of their community, against the belittlement of their needs and relationships. Trade unions’ influence will no doubt continue to be instrumental to the furtherance of LGBTQ2 rights.
Rene Goguen, a member of the CCNB Education (Instructional) component of the NBU, is Mariane’s father.
Susie Proulx-Daigle, president of the NBU, was on hand to present Mariane with her award.
“We pride ourselves on being an inclusive union and believe that diversity is a strength of the labour movement,” Proulx-Daigle said. “I think the labour movement is in great hands moving forward because of people like Mariane.”