Halifax/Kjipuktuk, NS – Four long-term members of the Association of Nova Scotia University Teachers (ANSUT) were presented with Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) Dedicated Service awards at the ANSUT Annual General Meeting on May 24.
Drs. Robert Farmer, Scott Stewart, Peter McInnis and Rudi Meyer each received the honour in recognition of their advocacy work in support of post-secondary education at the local and provincial levels. CAUT Dedicated Service Awards recognize individuals for exceptional service to their faulty associations. Recipients are nominated by their local or provincial association.
ANSUT secretary Linda Mann presented the awards. “It was a pleasure to honour the exceptional contributions of these most deserving members who have made valuable contributions at both the local and provincial levels.”
Dr. Robert Farmer is a member of the Mount Saint Vincent University Faculty Association (MSVUFA) and has used his leadership and financial skills to serve as treasurer, vice-president, president and chief negotiator over many years. Farmer is also engaged at the provincial (ANSUT), regional (Atlantic Canada Council of Faculty Associations) and national (CAUT and NUCAUT) levels, serving two terms on the CAUT Collective Bargaining & Economic Benefits Committee. He is currently treasurer of NUCAUT and ANSUT.
As a member of the Faculty Union of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (FUNSCAD), Dr. Rudi Meyer has served on the executive for 14 years. At the provincial level, Meyer has also been a member of ANSUT for 14 years, serving in the roles of treasurer and member-at-large.
Prior to joining the CAUT Executive Committee, Dr. Peter McInnis was president of St. Francis Xavier Association of University Teachers (StFXAUT) during the 2013 strike which centred on workplace equity. A long-time member of the editorial board for Labour/Le Travail, McInnis remains actively involved in labour studies and issues related to democratic governance in post-secondary education. He is currently Vice-President of the CAUT and formerly served as chair of the CAUT Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee. At the provincial level, Peter has been involved with ANSUT for many years, serving as member-at-large and currently as vice-president.
Dr. Scott Stewart served as Cape Breton University Faculty Association’s (CBUFA) president, past president, Chair of the communications committee, Chief Grievance Officer and as Treasurer/Secretary. Notably, he served on the negotiation team that successfully negotiated CBUFA’s first collective agreement, and played a significant role in bringing a labor complaint successfully to the NS labor board, protecting the rights of CBUFA members. Currently the president of ANSUT, Stewart has also served as secretary and vice-president.