Celebrating our newest union retirees!
Each month, we feature some of our Members who’ve retired recently. Congratulations to all on a well-earned retirement.
Are you planning to retire soon? Make sure to let your Union Rep know!
After 28 years of service with Metro, Bill Curry is retiring. In his retirement Bill intends to work part time and to relax. He doesn’t want a schedule or alarm clock and will spend more time in the gym and playing his guitar. Bill is pictured here with long-time steward Leanne Leavitt.
Kevin Faraday has retired from Metro Greenbank in Ottawa where he was the receiver for many years. Kevin was with the company for over 30 years and he was a big supporter the union. Kevin was a member on the negotiating committee because he knows the importance of being part of a union he wanted to represent his co-workers. Kevin and his wife will enjoy retirement together when she retires in June. They plan to sell their house and buy one on the shores of Lake Erie and enjoy the quiet time there.
Jerzy Pawlowski has retired. Jerzy worked for La Rocca Cakes since April 18, 1989 in the shipping/receiving department. Jerzy became a member when they organized in 2006.
After 52 years with Zehrs Mike Slade is retired! Throughout his career Mike has worked at a number of the Guelph locations; some that have closed and new ones that have opened. He worked in the produce department and was a Produce Manager for several years before recently stepping down to part time. Mike was a strong advocate of UFCW. He was one of the first members of Local 1977, and encouraged others to join. Mike worked at the Clifford Evans Training Centre as an Instructor for many years and taught his union sisters, brothers and friends with passion and compassion. Mike was also involved in negotiations, and was a long-time Steward.
Long-time member and steward Deb Smith has retired from working in Food Service with Compass Group at the Woodstock General Hospital. Deb began her journey with Compass back in 2011 and in 2014 Deb stepped up and took on the position of Union Steward within her workplace. Deb’s unwavering loyalty to UFCW Local 175 and the members she helped to represent, not only as a Union Steward but also as a negotiating committee member over multiple sets of negotiations, will be truly missed. However, Deb has advised that she is not slowing down, she is looking forward to continue her work with Women’s Employment Resource Centre where she volunteers and sits on the Board of Directors. She also plans to volunteer at a number of outreach projects at her church, participate in workshops and cooking classes and will join Southgate Seniors Centre in Woodstock.