Bob Derby Golf Tournament
The 2021 Bob Derby Memorial Charity Golf Tournament is scheduled for August 7, 2021.
A note from our tournament co-chairs, Annette Toth (MoveUP Vice-President) and Al Bieksa (USW 2009 President) on the 2020 event
When we began our planning process for the 6th annual Bob Derby Memorial Charity Golf Tournament, we were excited about the ways we could make this year’s tournament bigger and better than before. But then COVID-19 happened and, as we are sure you can relate, our whole world went upside down.
It seems clear given what we have heard from our provincial leaders and health officials that hosting a charity golf tournament this year won’t be possible. The ability to be social and interact with all our participants is a key part of this event and, given existing guidelines to practice physical distancing, that cannot be achieved.
What truly makes our charity golf tournament great, however, isn’t the golf or the socializing. It is you, and your generosity to support a worthy cause in the Union Protein Project. Even though our golf tournament cannot proceed this year, the needs of the Union Protein Project continue. In these challenging times, the work of the food banks that the Union Protein Project supports is even more critical with many people having to turn to these supports.
While we recognize that COVID-19 has also resulted in many challenges for many people, from work situation, childcare, to personal finances, if it is within your capacity, we encourage you to consider making a donation to the Union Protein Project in lieu of attending our tournament this year. You can find more information on how to donate at proteinproject.ca/donate.
We look forward to being able to share the golf course, and share more good times with you, again in the near future.
In the meantime, please stay safe and take care of your friends and family.
About the Union Protein Project
The Union Protein Project is working to ensure that no child, family or community needs food banks. People need real choices and good jobs that feed them, their families, and their communities.
Food banks in B.C. regularly experience shortages of protein-based food and struggle to ensure that vulnerable people get this key nourishment. Many families are struggling to provide the nourishment that is essential for their health, and children make up 45% of the people relying on B.C. food banks.
Protein is critical to a healthy diet and crucial for mental and physical development. A lack of protein makes it even harder for vulnerable people to improve their lives.
The Union Protein Project subsidizes the cost of protein for food banks allowing them to provide canned fish and peanut butter that many at-risk families just can’t afford. They have helped food banks save precious money and maximize their purchasing power by subsidizing the cost of protein-based foods.
Learn more at proteinproject.ca.
Remembering Bob Derby
Bob Derby was the former Vice-President, Combined Units for MoveUP, then known as COPE 378. Bob spent six years in that role prior to retiring in 2011. He was the sole casualty of a tragic motor vehicle accident in June 2015.
A former mechanic supervisor at the Coast Mountain Bus Company, Bob was a long-time union activist and joined MoveUP’s executive board in 2010 after previously serving as an executive councillor and as job steward. He played a key role in organizing the 2001 transit strike in Greater Vancouver, as well as ordering the shutdown of the entire Surrey Gateway building with pickets after management reneged on a picketing agreement.
Bob’s greatest legacy at MoveUP was building a strong foundation of social events, providing members from all bargaining units and different communities an opportunity to get together in friendly spaces away from both the workplace, and from union business.
Bob did his best to make sure there was something for everybody, from Sun Run teams to summer golf tournaments, to union days at Hastings Racetrack, to hockey, football and baseball games. He also drove the multi-union pride float in the Vancouver Pride Parade.
Bob took his role as social events coordinator very seriously, and his personality was well-suited for it. The gregarious, affable, back-slapping Scotsman was a friendly face at social events and always did his best to make everyone feel welcome.
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Special thank you to our prize donors
A.J. Forsyth, a division of Russel Metals
BC Lions Football Club
Dead Frog Brewery
Everything Wine – River District
The Fan Zoo
Glowbal Restaurant Group
Grand Pacific Hotel
Harrison Hot Springs Resort
National Football League
Pacific Coastal Airlines
Pacific National Exhibition
Pitt Meadows Golf Club
Staples Promotional Products
The Union Protein Project
Western Canadian Screens – The Western Group / Canada