Because life really does begin at 50!
About BC FORUM
BC FORUM works for you!
The BC Federation of Retired Union Members – BC FORUM – represents thousands of retired and active workers from unions affiliated to the BC Federation of Labour.
For retirees, BC FORUM keeps the strength of the union movement on your side after you’ve left the work force. For active workers, BC FORUM helps you plan for retirement – because leaving work should not mean leaving the movement.
By working together in solidarity, we retain the bargaining power to spotlight issues important to seniors, demand the attention of legislators, and negotiate the best benefits for our members.
BC FORUM is a registered non-profit society for union members age 50 and up. We are dedicated to representing the well-being of members, their families and their spouses. We are supported and endorsed by WE Consulting and Benefits and the BC Federation of Labour, which generously provides office space to us.
Together, we can continue to enjoy the relationships and benefits of being part of the union movement. Because no matter what age we are, together we’re strong.
BC FORUM Board of Directors
Current: June, 2022
President - Sam Wiese, PSAC
Chairperson - Laird Cronk, President, BC Federation of Labour
1st Vice President - Gord Savard, CUPE
2nd Vice President - Gwenne Farrell, MoveUp
Secretary - Marion Pollack, CUPW
Treasurer - Danny Bradford, BCGEU
Director - Tony Brown, ILWU
Director - Agnes Jackman, HSA
Director - Arnie Lambert, BCTF
Director - Michelle Laurie, USW
Director - Ivan Limpright, UFCW 1518
Director - John Savage, Unifor
Director - Bill Silvester, USW
Director - Russ St. Eloi, Building Trades
Director - Betty Valenzuela, HEU
Director - Diane Wood, BCGEU
BC FORUM LABOUR COUNCIL DELEGATES/
Current: June, 2022
Campbell River, Courtenay & District Labour Council - Barb Biley, Holly Page
East Kootenay & District Labour Council - Chris Johns, Gary Werk
Fraser Valley Labour Council - Mike Annesley
Kamloops & District Labour Council - Mogens Jorgenson, Edna Park
Nanaimo, Duncan & District Labour Council - Iris Taylor, Christine Walker
New Westminster & District Labour Council - Gerry Townsend, John Hooker
North Central Labour Council (a merger of Prince George, Quesnel, South Cariboo & Peace River Labour Councils) - Victor Johnson, Heather Sapergia
North Okanagan Labour Council - Doug Gibson
Port Alberni & District Labour Council - Mike Lang
South Okanagan Boundary Labour Council - Terry Green
Squamish Labour Committee - Marie Worth
Sunshine Coast Labour Council - Ray Haynes
Vancouver & District Labour Council - Agnes Jackman
Victoria Labour Council - Nora Butz
West Kootenay & District Labour Council - Mary Gay
Bill Chedore, President - Congress of Union Retirees of Canada (CURC)
CLC LIAISON TO BC FORUM
Ron Stipp, Canadian Labour Congress
Theresa Couture, USW
THE ADVOCATE - EDITOR
Aliza Nevarie, CFU