Awards

To encourage students to declare a Minor in Labour Studies, or to pursue a Certificate, or to carry out some labour related research, or simply to take courses in Labour Studies, we are offering a set of awards and scholarships and research grants.

Contact the Director or the student advisor if you have questions about the awards.

You are welcome to apply for more than one award. Please only submit the documents requested in the award descriptions, and not any additional unrequested materials.

Mya Lopez
Dr. Hari Sharma Award

Erik Sagmoen
Gary Campbell Award

Edith Cuellar Mata
Dr. Hari Sharma Award

New for 2017: The James Clark Undergraduate Award
$2500 (1 award per year)

The James Clark Undergraduate Award in Labour Studies Endowment was established at Simon Fraser University in 2016 with a generous gift from Glen Clark, in honour of his father James, and with matching funds from the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades District Council 38.

Glen Clark

Glen Clark is a Canadian business executive and former politician, serving·as the 31st Premier of British Columbia from 1996 to 1999, and as a Member of the Legislative Assembly from 1986- 2001. He holds a bachelor's degree from Simon Fraser University and a master's degree from the University of British Columbia. Before entering politics he worked as a union organizer. He is currently President of the Jim Pattison Group.

James Clark

James Clark was a member of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades for 30 years and an Executive Officer of IUPAT Local 138 for more than 10 years. As such he actively supported the advancement of the apprenticeship system and workers' rights through community and political activism.

The James Clark Undergraduate Award in Labour Studies

One award, valued at a minimum of $2,500, will be granted annually in any term to an undergraduate student who meets the following criteria:

  • is enrolled full-time  in a bachelor's degree program;
  • is in good academic standing;
  • is a BC Federation of Labour-affiliated union member or is a direct family member of a BC Federation of Labour-affiliated union member;
  • is enrolled in or has been approved to enroll in a Labour Studies Minor or Certificate Program in the Labour Studies Program in SFU's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences; and
  • submits a short essay of up to 750 words on the value of the labour movement in British Columbia.

The award will be granted by the Senate Undergraduate Awards Adjudication Committee upon the recommendation of the Director, Labour Studies Program.

The Gary Campbell May Day Memorial Annual Fund
$1,000 per year

The Gary Campbell May Day Memorial Award was established in 2012 by the Burnaby Civic Employees’ Union - CUPE 23  for a generous 10 year commitment. The award is intended to recognize and provide financial assistance to an undergraduate student who is a graduate of the Burnaby School District and is pursuing studies in the Labour Studies Program.

Gary Campbell

Gary Campbell began working in Burnaby as a labourer in 1974. Throughout his career, Gary was a union activist and a member of the CUPE Local 23 Executive. He became a T.D. 1 in 1992 and retired in 2006. Gary’s activism continued throughout his retirement; he was a particularly passionate activist against the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement and the World Trade Organization. Whenever a Wal-Mart or Target opens rather than a Canadian owned establishment, we are encouraged to think of Gary Campbell’s warnings.

Gary passed away on April 9th, 2010 after losing a battle with cancer. He was a retired civic worker at the City of Burnaby and a lifetime member of CUPE Local 23. He was a tireless activist for labour, peace and the environment.

The significance of including ‘May Day’ in the name of this award indicates the importance of recognizing May 1st as a special day in the Labour Movement. 1n 1866, the American Federation of Labor adopted a historic resolution that asserted eight hours constitutes a legal day’s labour. This is a historic achievement in the history of the regulation of labour.

CUPE Local 23 is the union of the workers at the City of Burnaby and the Burnaby Public Library.

The Gary Campbell May Day Memorial Award

The Gary Campbell May Day Memorial Award, valued at $1,000, will be granted every year in any term, to an SFU undergraduate student on the basis of the following criteria:

  • enrolled full-time in any faculty;
  • in good academic standing (minimum 2.00 CGPA);
  • demonstrated volunteerism/community service
  • enrolled in a Labour Studies Course.

Preference will be given to those:

  • with demonstrated community service; and/or,
  • pursuing an approved Minor or Certificate in Labour Studies; and/or,
  • who are graduates of a School District #41 secondary school.

As part of the application package, students must include the following supporting documentation:

  • a letter of reference verifying relevant community service/volunteer work; and,
  • copies of all post-secondary transcripts.

Gary Campbell’s biography will be kept on file in the Finanial Aid office and provided to the recipient of the award.

The award will be made by the Senate Undergraduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

BC Ferries and Marine Workers Union (BCFMWU)
$500 (3 awards per year)

The BC Ferry and Marine Workers Union (BCFMWU) Annual Award was established at Simon Fraser University in 2015 with a generous gift and three-year commitment from the BC Ferry and Marine Workers Union. The award is intended to offer funding to an undergraduate student pursuing a Minor or Certificate in Labour Studies to offset the tuition costs in any given semester.

BC Ferry and Marine Workers Union

The BC Ferry and Marine Workers Union became the sole bargaining agent for all ferry workers, including licensed officers, on April 27, 1979. The organization now represents over 4,500 working men and women from Vancouver to Prince George.

BC Ferry and Marine Workers Union (BCFMWU) Annual Award

Three awards, valued at a minimum of $500 each, will be granted annually in any term to an undergraduate student who meets the following criteria:

  • is enrolled in full time or part time studies at Simon Fraser University;
  • is in good academic standing (minimum 2.33 GPA)
  • and is pursuing a declared Minor or Certificate in Labor Studies.

Preference will be given to students in the following order of priority:

  1. a BCFMWU member, spouse or child;
  2. a BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) or affiliate member, spouse or child OR Pacific Coast Maritime Council member, spouse or child (includes International Longshore & Warehouse Union or Marine Workers and Boiler Makers Union or Grain Workers Union);
  3.  Any union member, spouse or child;
  4. If not a union member, spouse or child, than any student who meets the general criteria.

Students must submit a 250 word statement describing why they have chosen to pursue Labour Studies and how the program will assist them as a current/future union member.  Students should also submit a letter from a union official confirming the status of the applicant, if applicable.

The award will be administered by the Labour Studies Program, under the supervision of the Director, Labour Studies Program. Please send applications and inquires to saadvise@sfu.ca.

BC Labour Heritage Centre Project on BC Labour History - Opportunities for Students'

The BC Labour Heritage Centre is an organization of active and retired trade unionists who wish to create venues where all the workers of BC can be recognized and celebrated for their struggles and achievements.  Its mission is to inspire union members, young workers, new Canadians, and students through a wide variety of programs that highlight our working history in British Columbia.

The BC Labour Heritage Centre solicits articles on various aspects of BC Labour History for placement on the BC Labour History Centre website and possible inclusion in its E-Newsletter.   Successful authors of articles will be offered honouraria ranging from $200 to $500.  There is a pre-approval process for prospective authors.  For more information please email: info@labourheritagecentre.ca  

Columbia Institute and the TWU-USW National Local 1944, Unit 60 offers The David Podworny Memorial Scholarship  

The David Podworny Memorial Scholarship supports students who are enrolling or enrolled in Telecommunications Trade or Labour Studies Program at accredited public institutions in Canada or the United States.

The Scholarship honours the legacy of the late David Podworny.  He was a journeyman in the TV cable industry in Vancouver and began his work in the industry in 1984. It became his lifelong career.  He was actively involved in his workplace, serving on the bargaining committee, as Shop Steward and as a Vice-President of TWU Local 60 (now TWU-USW National, Local 1944, Unit 60).  Dave Podworny exemplified giving back through his service and active democratic participation.  He loved the industry and the people who worked in it.

For more information about the award or how to apply click here.

2016 winner, SFU Labour Studies student, Joel Warren.