We want to take a moment to acknowledge a member of your Bargaining Team, David Gerry, from the School of the Arts. Some of you may have heard (or read in the Spectator last week) of David’s terminal cancer diagnosis, which came unexpectedly a few weeks ago.
He has been an invaluable member of this union’s leadership group in his capacity as a bargaining team member and while we have been absolutely heartbroken by this news, we nevertheless join with the rest of the McMaster community in celebrating David’s life, his generosity and kindness, and the tremendous impact he has had on colleagues and students alike. David is currently in a hospice in Hamilton.
In his honour, the Local has moved to establish the David Gerry Award for Excellence in Teaching, which will be awarded to a deserving Unit 2 member every year and adjudicated by the Unit 2 Chief Steward. Details on this new award will be forthcoming.