Media advisory - Social services in trouble: CUPE delegates meet

    OTTAWA, Nov. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Social service workers from across the
country will meet in Ottawa for three days this week to plan strategies for
improving public services and protecting their working conditions. Confronted
with chronic underfunding, they will join forces to make their voices heard
and to remind people that they offer vital services to children and other
vulnerable persons.
    Françoise David, a feminist, environmentalist and social justice
activist, and Linda Duxbury, a professor at Carleton University's business
school, will address the delegates.

    WHAT:        National Social Services Conference
                 Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

    WHERE:       Marriott Hotel, Ottawa
                 100 Kent Street

    WHEN:        November 21 to 23, 2007

                 Linda Duxbury
                 November 21 at 6:30 p.m.

                 Françoise David
                 November 22 at 1 p.m.

    Please find attached biographies of Ms. Duxbury and Ms. David.

    Françoise David

    Montreal-born and raised, Françoise David is a feminist, ecologist,
alterglobalist and social justice activist. She graduated with a degree in
social work from the University of Montréal. Between 1972 and 1977, Ms. David
worked for the Agence de service social [social services agency] in Montréal's
Centre-South neighbourhood where she helped found the Centre de rencontre et
d'information [meeting and information centre]. Between 1977 and 1980, she was
the resource person at the Carrefour des familles monoparentales du Québec
[single parent association of Québec]. In 1982, she joined the staff of the
Centre de services sociaux du Montréal métropolitain (CSSMM) [metropolitan
Montréal social services centre] as the organization's communications officer
and remained in that position until 1987. During that time, Françoise David
was the president of her local union. In 1987, she moved to become coordinator
of the Regroupement des Centres des femmes, and from 1994 to 2001, she was
president of the Fédération des femmes du Québec [Québec federation of women].
    Among Ms. David's greatest achievements are the "Bread and Roses" March
of Women against Poverty. More than 15,000 women marched in towns and villages
throughout Quebec, 550 of them remained with the march for 10 days - arriving
at a rally held in Québec City on June 4, 1995. This was followed by the
monumental World March of Women Against Poverty and Violence, in the fall of
    Françoise David has fought for minimum wage increases, improvements to
alimony and child support laws, a reduced sponsorship period for immigrants,
and greater access for women to professional training and public housing.
    The accolades and awards bestowed on Françoise David are many. In 1999,
she was appointed a Knight of the National Order of Quebec; in 2002, she
helped found the collectif D'abord solidaires, and in 2004, the Option
citoyenne of the feminist and alterglobalist movements. She signed the
Manifeste pour un Québec solidaire [manifesto for Québec solidarity] in 2005.
In 2006, Option citoyenne and the Union des forces progressistes merged to
form an alternative, leftist political party: Québec solidaire, for which
Françoise David is now spokesperson.


    Linda Duxbury

    Linda Duxbury is a Professor at the Sprott School of Business, Carleton
University. She received an M.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering and a Ph.D. in
Management Sciences from the University of Waterloo. Within the past decade
she has completed major study on Balancing Work and Family; HR and Work-family
Issues in the Small Business Sector; Management Support (What is it and Why
does it Matter?); Career Development in the Public and High Tech Sectors; and
generational differences in work values. Dr. Duxbury has also (and is
currently) conducted research that evaluates the organizational and individual
impacts of E-mail, portable offices, cellular telephones, blackberry's,
telework, flexible work arrangements, shiftwork and change management and
studying what makes a "supportive" manager. She has recently completed a major
follow-up study on work-life balance in which 32,800 Canadian employees
    Dr. Duxbury has published widely in both the academic and practitioner
literatures in the area of work-family conflict, change management, supportive
work environments, stress, telework, the use and impact of office technology,
managing the new workforce, and supportive management. She has also given over
300 plenary talks on these issues to both public and private sector audiences.
    Dr. Duxbury held the Imperial Life Chair in Women and Management from
1992 to 1996, and was director of the Carleton Centre for Research and
Education on Women and Work from 1996 to 1999. In 1999 she was appointed to
the Fryer Commission on Labour-Management Relations in the Federal Government.
In Oct. 2002 she was awarded the Canadian Workplace Wellness Pioneer Award for
her "pioneering efforts, creativity, innovation and leadership" in the field
of organizational health.
    In 2002-03 Dr. Duxbury won the Carleton University Student's Association
2002-2003 Teaching Excellence Award for her "ability to convey enthusiasm,
responsibility in teaching practices, approachability and communication

For further information:

For further information: Louise Leclair, CUPE National Communications
Director, (613) 314-7199; Sébastien Goulet, CUPE Communications, (613)

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