CUPE Local 3906 is proud to announce the winner of our 2014 Mike Skinner Activist Award: Dr. Brock Dubbels. Brock is a post-doctoral fellow (Unit 3 member) working in the Department of Computing and Software.
Brock won the award for his role in launching Hamilton’s first ever “CoderDojo”. CoderDojo is a movement orientated around running free not-for-profit coding clubs and regular sessions for young people. At a CoderDojo, young people learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and more. Dojos are set up, run by and taught by volunteers, and also puts a strong emphasis on open source and free software. For more information, click here.
The Mike Skinner Activist Award is presented annually to a CUPE 3906 member who plays an active role in improving the local community in a variety of ways, including fighting for social justice issues, environmental protection, and community organizing, education and/or solidarity. It is named after Mike Skinner, a former business agent for CUPE 3906 and longtime social activist in the Hamilton community.