Stuart Ryan Solidarity Award

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Nomination deadline: March 22nd, 2019 


1. What is this award about?

The Stuart Ryan Solidarity Award was created by the Executive Council of CUPE 4600 in April 2013, to celebrate the local’s business agent’s 30 years of service with the Local. Comrade Stuart Ryan has dedicated much of his life to workers and their struggle and, as such, this award recognizes members in the community who have the same dedication toward any of the following: the labour movement, the academic community, international solidarity and/or anti-oppression. In October 2014, the award was officially entrenched into the Local’s Constitution and By-Laws, and is given out annually to two individuals at the Local’s AGM.

To nominate someone, fill out this form

2. Who can receive the award?

Any individual may win the award, as long as they meet the qualifications (i.e. dedication to any of the areas listed in #1). Individuals who nominate or are nominated to receive the award do not have to be members of CUPE 4600. That said, however, members of CUPE 4600 will be given first preference for receiving the award.

3. Why the question on gender identity?

In creating the award, the only other condition set by the membership of Local 4600 was that the award be given annually to “two differently gender-identified individuals.” This was meant to ensure no one gender identity would dominate the award, while also ensuring the full diversity of our community would be recognized. We do not provide boxes for you to check as it is up to each person to express how they identify with gender, if at all. In nominating a person for the award, please take the time to ensure the gender identity you list is appropriate. If you are not sure how the person you are nominating identifies, please do not guess, leave the field blank.

4. When will the award be given out? What does the winner receive?

The Award will be given out at the next AGM following the receipt of applications, presented by both the President of the Local and Stuart Ryan, the name sake of the award. Each individual who wins the award will receive a certificate of recognition from the Local, a small gift voucher to a labour-friendly business, and will also have their name engraved on the Award plaque, which is displayed in the CUPE 4600 office.

5. I have other questions, where can I get more information?

For more information, or if you have any further questions, please feel free to e-mail the President of the Local, who chairs the Award Committee, at