Women’s Leadership Course
IBEW women from three British Columbia locals recently gathered for a one-day leadership training course, an event that was jointly planned by Local 213 and the union’s International Office.
IBEW Director of Education Amanda Pacheco travelled from Washington, DC, to act as chief instructor. She was joined by Int. Rep. Tracy Prezeau of the Education Department.
“To work effectively in any organization, you need to understand the rules” said Local 213’s Lisa Langevin, who took the lead in organizing the event. “The prime motivation behind this course was education about process in the union.”
“But there were also secondary goals: bringing new women into the Women’s Committee, and creating another networking opportunity for women in the hall and from other locals.”
Fifteen women attended from Local 213, and another nine came from British Columbia Locals 230 and 258.
Prezeau said the International Office designed and delivered a customized course for this occasion.
“This new curriculum can now be used for all sorts of other purposes,” Prezeau said. “It’s for any group of activists who want to understand union governance better, and make their local and the IBEW stronger.”
At Local 213 leadership training course: Lisa Langevin (left) of Local 213, and Cheryl Arseniuk of Local 230.