Annual Solidarity Dinner

CoDev Annual Solidarity Dinner

CoDevelopment Canada held its Annual Solidarity and Fundraising Dinner at the Maritime Labour Centre in June 2019! [map].

2019 International Solidarity Award – Joey Hartman & Irene Lanzinger

Joey Hartman retired just over a year ago from her position as president of the Vancouver & District Labour Council, representing 60,000 workers who belong to over 110 affiliated unions in the Vancouver area. Her experience as a labour and community activist began 38 years ago on the picket line during a 14-week Vancouver area civic strike in 1981.

From there she worked on staff with several unions, including almost 20 years with the Hospital Employees’ Union. Throughout, Joey found ways to engage in her other passions and to weave them into her work – labour history, international solidarity and broad based community organizing.

She has been an active supporter of CoDev over the years, and served on the board of directors, including as board chair (2008-2014). In her retirement Joey stays busy with governance work and as a facilitator for labour education.

She is chair two boards; Vancouver Community College and BC Labour Heritage Centre. Joey also sits on the boards for Pacific Blue Cross and The Council of Canadians

Irene Lanzinger has a long history as strong leader in the labour movement. She is deeply committed to advancing equality, protecting vulnerable workers and strengthening workplace safety. Irene was the first woman to be elected president of the BC Federation of Labour and held that position from November of 2014 until her retirement at the end of 2018.

Irene was a secondary science and mathematics teacher in Abbotsford and Vancouver as well as teaching abroad in Japan and Saudi Arabia. She served as the chief negotiator for the BC Teachers’ Federation, bargaining on behalf of 41,000 public school teachers. She was elected vice-president of the BCTF in 2002 and president in 2007.

While Irene played a strong role in the Canadian labour movement, she also broadened her work to the international scene. She has worked in solidarity with union leaders in Namibia and across Latin America, including Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador and Colombia. Irene served on CoDev’s board from 2010-2012.

This event has earned a reputation as an evening where you can enjoy the company of good friends and have fun while supporting an important local solidarity organization.

We are honoured to work in partnership with you and hope that we can count on your continued support of CoDev by purchasing a ticket for the fundraising dinner. Tables of ten people are $750.00 each and individual tickets are $75.00.

Don’t miss out on delicious food, music and dancing, delectable desserts, treats from around the world in our silent auction. We’re looking forward to seeing you in 2020!!

Until then, enjoy these fantastic photos from the 2015 dinner courtesy of Josh Berson Photography!