Monday, October 18, 2021

Maxime McKen wins national scholarship

Lyne Maillet and her son Maxime Lyne Maillet and her son Maxime

Each year the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) – of which the New Brunswick Union (NBU) is a member – awards nine scholarships that reflect its pursuit of equal opportunity for all workers.
The scholarships are available to the children/grandchildren and foster children/grandchildren of the 390,000 members of NUPGE.
The NBU is proud to announce this year’s recipient of the Scholarship for LGBTQ2 Students is Maxime McKen. The scholarship is worth $2,500. Maxime’s essay, LGBTQIA2S+ and Trade Unions: The Importance of their Alliance, spoke about the important role unions play as allies to LGBTQI2S+ people. Here’s an excerpt from the essay:
In conclusion, the support of the trade union is one of the most important and well-defined advantages that exist to bequeath basic rights and privileges to one of its most endangered minorities. Keeping in mind the heightened rate of suicide and self-harm among these individuals, it is important that such powerful solidary organizations have their back in the long fight for equality, be it through negotiation, the creation of safe spaces of discussion, or educational programs targeted towards the bigoted. The hope for a better future for all is almost guaranteed with solidarity from everyone, a union to defeat inequality and discrimination in all forms.
Maxime is the child of Lyne Maillet, a member of the Professional Services for Students in the Public School System component represented by the NBU.
“The union movement is based on solidarity amongst all workers,” said NBU President Susie Proulx-Daigle. “The younger generation, led by people like Maxime, are pushing for a better, more just and equitable society. As a union leader, it fills me with great pride and hope going forward.”