STUC Helen Dowie Award for Lifelong Learning

Helen Dowie Award 2013


Helen Dowie Award presentation 2013SONYA CASSIDY

Unite the Union ULR

RBS Mortgage Centre

The recipient of the Helen Dowie Award for Lifelong Learning 2013 is Sonya Cassidy, a Unite Union Learning Representative at the Royal Bank of Scotland Mortgage Centre in Greenock.

Sponsored by Inverness College UHI, the award was presented on Tuesday 16 April 2013 at Perth Concert Hall during the STUC Congress by First Minister Alex Salmond MSP.

Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary, said: "Sonya’s work in giving her members life changing opportunities to expand their knowledge and develop their skills is an outstanding example of the dedication and expertise of our union learning reps. Not only has she won over her employer to embracing the vital role of union learning she has demonstrated its organising potential, boosting membership in her workplace by 500%. The benefits of her work for learners, the employer and to the union are clear for all to see. She is a worthy recipient of this award."

First Minister Alex Salmond said: "I present awards every year when I visit the STUC Congress. I always applaud the commitment and zeal of the recipients – and I take particular pride when their achievements have been supported by the Scottish Government’s investment in Union Learning.

"Sonya Cassidy is a very worthy winner. The work she has undertaken at the RBS Mortgage Centre in Greenock, as rep for Unite, is making an enormous difference for both her colleagues and her employers. It is a fantastic example of the sort of progress that can be made by workplaces and trade unions working together to develop a more highly-skilled and more fulfilled workforce.

"Partnership with the trade union movement is a key element of our work to transform Scotland."

David Hosey, Vice Principal, Inverness College UHI said: "Inverness College UHI is pleased to again sponsor the Helen Dowie Award for Lifelong Learning. We have a close working relationship with Scottish Union Learning and are very aware of the many benefits learning in the workplace can bring. Sonya is a very worthy recipient of this year’s Award."

Sonya Cassidy, recipient of the Helen Dowie Award for Lifelong Learning said: "I was very pleased to receive this Award which recognises the work I am doing as a Union Learning Rep (ULR). I very much enjoy my role in organising and delivering learning and I’m keen to offer every single person in my workplace the opportunity to participate in learning