Sister of the Year: IWD 2024

On March 8, we celebrate International Women’s Day. This year’s theme was Inspire Inclusion. 

When we inspire others to understand and value women’s inclusion, we build a stronger society. When women themselves are inspired to be included, there’s a sense of belonging, relevance, and empowerment. 

The NSNU takes great pride in representing thousands of dedicated and resilient women. 

Once again, the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour hosted International Women’s Day breakfast with union activists and leaders. The theme, Inspire Inclusion, soundly resonates with our labour community and the women who strengthen the movement.

The Sister of the Year Award, also known as Bread and Roses, was presented to a nurse for the first time. The recognition honours a union sister who has proven their dedication to the trade union movement and the advancement of women’s voices. 

The NSNU is proud to announce that the 2024 recipient is Janis Ritcey, LPN - a familiar face to NSNU members and staff. 

She is the epitome of inspiration. She is a mentor, a leader and a union friend. She was the Local President of the Dartmouth General Hospital for over 20 years, sat on numerous negotiating committees and committees of the union. She is a champion of nursing and labour issues, an advocate for publicly funded, publicly delivered universal care and is a treasured member of the NSNU.

Congratulations Janis!

Thank you to the NSFL Women’s Committee for organizing the breakfast event, including committee chair Donna Gillis (NSNU 1st VP) and Natalie Nymark (VP IWK). We also wish to acknowledge the Dartmouth General Nurses who were in attendance on March 8th to support Janis.

IWD 2024: Sister of the Year

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