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labour movement, he was urging the union to become involved."
90th birthday celebration for Vince Maloney
to talk politics.
No point in lighting 90 candles on the birthday cake. They would have been eclipsed by the birthday boy himself, eyes shining, drink in hand, big smile creasing his face.
"My dad is as honest as the day is long," said his eldest, Brian, who works for Local 221. "He is dedicated and focused. When he zeroes in on something, he stays the course. He is a true inspiration.
He ran for the NDP three times, and is a founding member of the Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR). During a presentation on the budget to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, when he was 71, Maloney said that, Nike Air Max Uptempo Volt
During the birthday celebration, Boyle presented Maloney with a plaque from United Steelworkers (USW) International President Leo Gerard and USW National Director for Canada Ken Neumann, thanking him for his "years of dedication to social justice and community activism" and for "helping to build both the Party and the labour movement as we know it today".
"He has been a teacher to people like me and to many others. He is a shining example of somebody who thinks about other people and does a lot for other people and less about himself. He was always making the workplace a better place and he has done a wonderful job."
Also among the accolades were a letter from NDP leader Jack Layton and a certificate of appreciation from Kingston councillors Rick Downes and Rob Hutchison.
"Vince, from a community perspective, is a leader in social justice issues," said Peter Boyle, former president of Local 343, United Steelworkers of America and the Kingston District Labour Council. "He carried the lamp earlier on, too, in the union movement. Within the Steelworkers, before anybody else was thinking about social justice issues in the Nike Uptempo White Gum For Sale
"From the time I can remember, he was involved in social justice issues, beginning with the farmers' unions, moving a lot of their agenda ahead. And he is a very religious man. He's a hard act to follow."
And that's not all, said Boyle.
during his working career, he had participated in many protests at Queen's Park and on Parliament Hill in support of farmers and the poor. In 2001, when he was 80, he joined the demonstrations at the Summit of the Americas in Quebec City, risking tear gas and arrest as he marched Nike Air More Uptempo Varsity Red/White for hours with his son Brian. And even in his eighties he has been a stalwart presence at the Silent Friday Vigil in front of Kingston city hall with the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul.
Vince Maloney turned 90 on January 16, but you wouldn't know it by watching him stand for hours last Saturday at the Plumbers' Union Local 221 hall on Terry Fox Drive, greeting the dozens and dozens of friends and colleagues, union members and NDPers who had come to wish him a happy birthday, to reminisce and Nike Air Max Uptempo Suede Pack
And he promised another birthday party in five years.
Maloney describes himself as a farmer for the first 42 years of his life; he and his wife, Marjorie, raised two sons and three daughters on the farm in Pittsburgh Township. He was involved in municipal politics for nearly a decade, serving a term as township reeve from 1983 to 1985. He has been a card carrying member of the NDP since it was formed, and voted for Tommy Douglas's Cooperative Commonwealth Federation before that.
"Vince was one of the instigators to make me aware of social justice issues. He was way ahead of his time."
Boyle grew up with Maloney's sons, Brian and Kevin, and later worked with Vince at Alcan.
Maloney was touched by the presentations. He thanked everyone for coming in the midst of the snowstorm and pointed out two more important dates: his 60th wedding anniversary on March 24 and the 50th birthday of the NDP on July 31.
"As long as there is another election coming, he'll be going strong," chuckled his son, Kevin. "Every time there's an election, he gets that yearning I should run again look in his eyes."
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