Scholarships

Wilf Greensill / Mo Cerra Scholarships

In 2000, CUPE Local 1004 named the Union’s first scholarship the “Wilf Greensill Memorial Scholarship”  in memory of Brother Wilf Greensill who was fatally injured on the job by a hit and run driver on March 3rd, 1997. Brother Greensill was employed by the City of Vancouver Sewer’s Branch since 1972.  He was a truck driver and was checking an unusual noise on his vehicle when he was fatally injured. He left behind a wife, three daughters, family and friends.  He was scheduled to retire within two (2) months and reminds us all how fragile life is. A bench has been dedicated to Wilf on the east side of the train in Stanley Park.  The Sewer’s Branch retired Wilf’s truck number 1359 in his memory.

In 2020, Local 1004 dedicated the “Mo Cerra Memorial Scholarship” in memory of Brother Mo Cerra who was fatally injured on the job in a workplace accident on September 28, 2019.  The incident occurred on a Saturday afternoon while our members were working in the area of Boundary Road and Second Avenue.

Brother Cerra worked for the City of Vancouver Streets Branch. He was a long-serving member and a very well-loved individual – the kind of person who always had a smile on his face and was always went out of his way to brighten the lives of those he worked with.

CUPE Local 1004 wants to ensure that Brothers Greensill and Cerra are remembered and honoured by providing these scholarships.  The local awards two General Studies $1,500 scholarships each year to members, or spouse and children of members of the local.

Jody Taylor-Brian Goble Memorial Music and Fine Arts Scholarship

In 2017, CUPE Local 1004 established the “Jody Taylor-Brian Goble Memorial Music and Fine Arts Scholarship” in memory of Brothers Jody Taylor and Brian Goble.

Brother Jody Taylor worked in the horticultural field for 16 years. He was very skilled and knowledgeable, and was greatly respected by the members of the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation.  He helped many people improve their skills.  Brother Taylor was fatally injured while trimming a tree in Connaught Park on March 31, 2016.  He left behind his 10-year old daughter, and is greatly missed by all who worked with or knew him.  A memorial tree and bench have been dedicated to Brother Taylor in Stanley Park.  Brother Taylor was the powerhouse vocalist for ‘90s Vancouver hardcore band Strain which toured throughout Canada, the US and Europe.  As well as issuing a number of singles, the band released a full-length album, “Here and Now”, in 1996.

Brother Brian Goble worked as a Mental Health Worker for more than 15 years for the Portland Hotel Society, supporting some of Vancouver’s most vulnerable and disenfranchised citizens.  Brother Goble was a world-renowned punk rock musician and social activist. Under the pseudonym “Wimpy Roy”, he fronted the legendary Vancouver band, the “Subhumans”, and went on to join one of the most important punk bands of their time, “DOA”. Brian dedicated his life to his art as activism and never shied away from taking a stand in support of working people, society’s less fortunate or those fighting against destructive governments, both at home and abroad. Brian suffered a fatal heart attack while on the job in December of 2014.

CUPE Local 1004 wants to ensure that Brothers Taylor and Goble are remembered and honoured by providing this history and scholarship.  The local awards two $1,500 scholarships each year to members, or spouse and children of members of the local.

CUPE BC Scholarship

CUPE BC continues to offer the Aubrey Burton/Reg Ford Memorial Scholarship to CUPE members, their spouses or their children at a level of four scholarships of $500.00 each.  Click here for more information or to download, click the link below.