Here are the events you will find the NWDLC at each year. Check our Facebook and Twitter pages for event details.
NWDLC Around Town (2023 January – June)
NWDLC Around Town (2023 July – December)
International Women’s Day
March 8 is International Women’s Day — a day to recognize women’s achievements and acknowledge the challenges they continue to face in the quest for gender equality.
Day of Mourning
Every year on April 28 we pay our respects to, and remember, the thousands of workers who have been killed, injured or suffered illness as a result of work-related incidents. We also honour the many families and friends who have been deeply affected by these tragedies.
Every worker has the right to return home safe and sound at the end of each work day. By working together – with employers, workers and our health and safety partners – we can prevent worker injuries and deaths before they occur.
A celebration of labourers and the working classes that is promoted by the international labour movement which occurs every year on May Day (1 May), an ancient European spring festival.
Observed on the first Monday in September, honouring the achievements of working people in Canada.
Labour Day 2023
Join us for this family friendly celebration of working people and our unions!
Enjoy free live music, food, kid’s activities and games.
Monday, September 4th, 2023
11:30 am to 2:30 pm
Edmonds Park, 7433 Humphries Avenue, Burnaby
Hosted by the New Westminster & District and Vancouver and District Labour Councils
November 8 is Indigenous Veterans Day in Canada. This day was set aside in 1994 in recognition of Indigenous contributions to military service. The Secretary-Treasurer and members of the Indigenous Standing Committee attend the annual service in Vancouver’s Victory Square to lay a wreath on behalf of the New Westminster & District Labour Council.
On November 11, delegates lay wreaths on behalf of the Labour Council at services in their community remembering the sacrifice and service of members of the armed forces.
In 2023 the NWDLC was privileged to send 17 delegates to 12 of the 13 Royal Canadian Legions in our region to pay our respects to the fallen by laying a wreath.
United Way of British Columbia Labour Appreciation Night
On Thursday, November 30 from 5:30 – 9 pm the NWDLC will honour an individual with the Labour Community Service Award. The award recognizes outstanding Labour activism and community service at this United Way event.
The New Westminster & District Labour Council has selected Candace Knoll as our 2023 recipient of the Labour Community Service Award.
Candace Knoll was born and raised in Winnipeg and made the move west to the Lower Mainland as a youth. She is recently retired from a career with TELUS which started in the 90s, and thanks to that disrespectful manager, she was motivated to get involved with her union. She was her Unit President with the Telecommunications Workers’ Union (now known as USW Local 1944) and a bargaining committee member. Even in retirement, she is not far from the industry as she volunteers as a board member of the BC Association of Retired Telecommunications Workers.
Her passion is for social justice and Candace has been dedicated to uplifting women, youth, and the Black community. With her family by her side, husband Jeff and son Jesse, her niece Teryl Brown, and her hero and mother, Estelle Brown, Candace creates opportunities to have a diverse representation as only equity and inclusion will create a bright future for us all. She is a regular volunteer for United Ways Period Promise Campaign, the Miss BC Pageant, and serves the community as a director on the Hogan’s Alley Society and is the Founder and President of the Jr Black Achievement Awards Society. In 2023, the Jr Black Achievement Awards Society Awards Ceremony was held in Port Moody showcasing the accomplishments of the community.
A quote by Giuseppe Mazzani, “Slumber not in the tents of your fathers, the world is advancing, Advance with it.
National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
Each December 6 in Canada commemorates the anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre in which fourteen women were murdered and ten others injured. This year the vigil will be held virtually.