Education Opportunities

Union Education is the backbone of a strong union. CUPE 951 regularly hosts and offers courses on campus but also sends members to courses and workshops around BC.  If you are interested in the opportunities below contact the Education Committee Chair, Barbara Gordon at


  • Lancaster House Human Rights and Accommodation Conference: April 16-17, 2019
    • A conference featuring viewpoints from top lawyers on both union and management sides discussing the most recent cases and laws affecting rights and accommodation, including competing rights in the workplace, accommodating medical marijuana use, and harassment investigations.
  • BC Labour Law 2019 Accommodation Law Conference: May 15-16, 2019
    • Attend this state-of-the-law conference and stay on top of the latest legal breakthroughs in the duty to accommodate and their impact on unionized workplaces in Canada. Includes updates on accommodating Family status, Mental Disability, and Substance Addiction, and Ten Winning Accommodation Strategies.
  • Lancaster House Skills Training: Psychological Health at Work: meeting legal obligations, providing effective support: May 30, 2019
    • This one-day skills training session will equip managers, supervisors, and union representatives with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote mental well-being in the workplace, support employees who are mentally unwell, and fulfill their legal obligation to accommodate employees experiencing poor mental health.
  • Survive, Strive and Thrive 2019: June 19, 2019
    • FREE one-day (8 hours total) annual conference, held in conjunction with Brain Injury Awareness month. The purpose of SST is to provide education to healthcare professionals, students, and families and survivors living with a brain injury on the best practices, challenges and solutions when living with a brain injury. The theme for SST 2019 is Brain Injury, Mental Health, & Addiction.
  • BC Federation of Labour Mental Health First Aid: November 13-14, 2019
    • Just as physical first aid is administered to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is resolved. This 12-hour evidence-based MHFA Basic course will cover Substance-related disorders, Mood–related disorders, Anxiety and trauma–related disorders and Psychotic disorders.

2019 Updates!

Below are some of what is out there for union activists — let the executive know what you are looking for so the committee can plan for future offerings and opportunities:

While the above pages offer an overview of what is available, there are other options that can be suggested to the committee.

Note that a request or suggestion does not guarantee that attendance of a course or workshop will be approved.