My name is Greg McFarlane and I am seeking re-election for trustee for the Seven Oaks School Division. As a father of two young children, I work hard to do my small part to make a better world for them. My desire is make sure that they receive the necessary skills and tools to succeed. It was this desire which led me to put my name forward and run for trustee for the Seven Oaks School division in 2014 as the Labour endorsed candidate. Thankfully, with the support of the wonderful residents of Ward 2 and Labour I was successful in the election. This October I am putting my name forward once again to represent Ward 2 in Seven Oaks Schools Division, and I am grateful to have Labour’s endorsement once again.
Over the last four years, I have been a strong voice for the working people in our division. I am on the Negotiating Committee for all contracts with workers represented by CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees) in my division. I have also chaired Seven Oaks’ Policy Committee and currently serve as a member of the Finance Committee.
I’m pleased to say that we oversaw the establishment of a new Ojibwe/Cree immersion program and, most recently, the launching of the first ever Filipino Bilingual program in the division. I have made it a priority to have a strong working relationship with all of the unions in the division, and community and Parent organizations.
I do my part to make sure that bridges are built and maintained between the labour movement and divisional staff to better support them in their important job of educating future generations, something I take very seriously. In 2016, I was able to encourage all three CUPE Locals in Seven Oaks to affiliate to the Manitoba Federation of Labour, which, in turn, strengthens Labour’s voice as a whole. That same year I was able to work with the Board and establish a joint partnership with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local (IBEW) 2085 and Plumbers & Pipefitters, UA Local 254. As a result of this partnership, both organizations are now teaching pre-employment courses to students in the school division.
Prior to being given the honour to serve the working families and students of Seven Oaks, I worked as a Red Seal Electrician and am a proud member IBEW Local 2085. I have been a supervisor, shop steward, and executive board member. For years I served as the local’s organizer, which is where my activism and love for the labour movement began. In 2009, I was elected to the Winnipeg Labour Council Executive and in 2011 I was elected their 1st Vice president, a position I held for almost 3 terms.
I have worked on several campaigns for the Canadian Labour Congress, chaired the MFL’ s Young Members Committee, and sat on the MFL Executive Council as Vice President, representing Manitoba’s young workers. In 2015, I was honoured to receive the MFL’s Young Member Achievement Award, and an Award of distinction from the Province of Manitoba as Journeyperson of the year. In 2016 I served as the Executive Director of the Manitoba Federation of Labour, and now as the MFL’s Campaigns and Projects Coordinator. I am also honoured to be an Alumni of The Governor Generals Canadian Leadership Conference.
Being a new father my focus has shifted towards the new generation, making sure they have the tools, skills and guidance they need to succeed not just in school but in real life. I bring unique, innovative and positive solutions to the office of School Board of the Seven Oaks School Division Ward 2 and with your support I wish to continue. I am proud to say that our board over the last 4 year has achieved some amazing accomplishments. Our School division is the most progressive board in the Province and I am proud to serve on it.