Dear PIPSC Stewards and Members:
As a candidate for Regional Director, BC/Yukon I am fully committed to promoting and advancing every opportunity to implement enhancements in PIPSC and our Region.
Stewards are one of the core pillars of any Union, and I would like to advance PIPSC’s commitment to Steward renewal and development. My commitment consists of the follow three points:
- Consultation – Any renewal or development initiative must be based on continual consultation with stewards in all departments, agencies and provincial/territorial employers. I will actively seek out comments and suggestions from Stewards and Members in BC/Yukon Region on what works and what needs to be improved.
- Best Practices – Continuing to build on the previous work of the 2011 Report from the Task Force on Steward Development we need to focus on strengths of the current PIPSC program and also look at other Unions for new ideas or initiatives that support and develop Stewards.
- Strong & Effective Support – The work of stewards is critical to our Union and our Members. Any actions or initiatives must take into account the demands and potential impacts on Stewards! We need to find opportunities that are sensitive to the time commitments and personal demands on Stewards. We need to seek measures that are effective while being efficient for Stewards.
Some of the key findings of the 2011 Report from the Task Force on Steward Development that I would like to see advanced include:
- Face-to-face meetings and training should always be the cornerstone of Steward training opportunities, due the many other tangible values of in personal interactions. Electronic and virtual learning provide excellent value and should be used to complement and supplement the current training delivery method. Such aspects should be part of a fully integrated learning experience.
- Steward training and development should also incorporate opportunities for building transferable skills. Steward development is also about leadership, professional and personal development.
- Steward training should not end with the completion of a course or a training session. Training courses need to include practical application, mentoring and follow-up to reinforce learning objectives and support a steward’s success.
I look forward to the opportunity to work with Stewards and Members in BC/Yukon Region on enhancing Steward renewal & development!
I would appreciate your support! Vote Robert MacDonald for Regional Director BC/Yukon Region.