The CUPE Ontario Bev Smale Scholarship Fund was established in the name of Sister Bev Smale. Bev was a long-time activist from the healthcare sector who became a staff member of our union.
Following her sudden passing in 2006, members and staff alike wanted to commemorate Bev and her many contributions to CUPE in Ontario. Bev’s great love was education, so it is appropriate that we remember our sister with the creation of a fund to assist and encourage workers to pursue CUPE education opportunities.
The Bev Smale scholarships are offered to members from Locals affiliated to CUPE Ontario which are in good standing. The primary focus of the scholarships is to support members pursuing and furthering education and training. Education encourages union engagement, mobilizes members to take action, and ultimately strengthens unions.
Eligible members may use the Bev Smale scholarships to attend CUPE education courses. CUPE Ontario offers two schools each year, one in the spring and one in the fall. Courses offered may vary, but each link back to CUPE Ontario’s fight for fairness. Available courses include Contracting Out and Privatization, Preparing for Bargaining, Introduction to Stewarding, Workers’ Compensation, and Labour Law.
In addition to the general education fund, the Bev Smale Scholarship Fund also includes internal and external scholarships created in memory of various activists from our union.