2nd annual Peter Corren Award – Nomination deadline October 31
September 9, 2019
Nominations for MoveUP’s 2nd annual Peter Corren Award are officially open. The Peter Corren Award was created to acknowledge a member or retiree, living or deceased, who has volunteered their time and energy to ending discrimination against First Nations, LGBTQ2S+, Persons Living with Disabilities and/or Persons of Colour.
Peter Corren was a 20-year MoveUP member, dedicated job steward, and a pioneer activist with his committed and tenacious pursuit of social justice.
Peter and his husband Murray were prominent gay activists in Metro Vancouver for many years. They were both very instrumental in the fight to legalize gay marriage, became one of the first same-sex couples to marry in Canada and, most notably, were the mighty force that changed the B.C. education system.
On April 28, 2006, the Correns and the Ministry of Education signed a private agreement after a lengthy fight starting when the Correns filed a human-rights complaint against the Ministry in 1999. This became known as the “Corren Agreement” setting an unprecedented change to the B.C. school system to introduce a new Grade 12 elective about social justice and a pro-LGTBQ2S+ curriculum.
Peter passed away in December 2009, after a long battle with cancer, leaving behind his husband Murray and their son, Brent.
This award will be given to the nominee who has displayed a passion for grassroots advocacy within the 4 enquity groups that the Human Rights/Multicultural Committee supports as defined by the Canadian Labour Council and BC Federation of Labour.
Deadline for applications will be October 31, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. We will excitedly present the winner during our December council meeting.
Please click HERE to make your nomination.
Christy Slusarenko and Gunter Seifert
Co-chairs, MoveUP Human Rights & Multicultural Committee