CUPE Local 8 Members,
One of our CUPE Local 8 members, Bukola Abiona, recently received the Equality Recognition Award. This is a huge achievement and we are all greatly proud of her. Bukola has been an activist for our Local for many years and also sits on our executive board. She continues to represent all of our members on the front lines.
Message from Bukola:
My name is Bukola Abiona, pronouns she and her, CUPE Local 8 member in the health care sector and National Rainbow Committee member. I am calling in from Calgary [we acknowledge that we live, work and play on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta].
I accept this Equality Award from CUPE Alberta with a deep sense of gratitude and humility. I am deeply honoured to be here today virtually, and grateful to be the recipient of this award at this year’s 2021 CUPE Alberta Convention.
Personally, I accept this award on behalf of my prayerful mother who supports me with her ongoing and faithful prayers. My kids for their understanding and support while I take on the duties of my role as a union leader and activist. The demands are many – as you all know.
My thanks would not be complete without my appreciation to a great woman that I refer to as – mama 2. She is my second mom aside from my real mother. She was the one who got me involved in the union. I knew nothing about the union at my former place of employment. But, a union site VP was needed and I was at home when staff nominated me to be their president. Mama 2 gave me a call to tell me this news. I told her that day on the phone, “I have never taken on a role like this before. But because the people wanted me and trusted me to lead them, then I will accept and represent them well”. Mama 2 gave me total assurance that she will assist and support me. Up to today, she has never left my side. I say a big thank you to you COLETTE SINGH (my mama number 2) from the bottom of my heart.
And I would like to take this opportunity to warmly thank the President of CUPE Alberta: Rory Gill, Marley Roberts (former CUPE Alberta President), the Recording secretary, John Vradenburgh and all CUPE Alberta Executive members for their unwavering leadership and support.
I will end by saying this… We are guided in our work by a simple yet powerful principle— that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and human rights, and these rights form the foundation for freedom, justice and peace in this world.
In love and solidarity – I thank you all.