Hildahl Award and Olfert Scholarship recipients announced | National Union of Public and General Employees

Hildahl Award and Olfert Scholarship recipients announced

Congratulations to James Alexander and Alex Menijvar on receiving their awards

MGEU Scholarship winners
Top: Graham Dowdell, Mbr Education Manager,
Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President,
Alex Menjivar (winner),
Shelley Wiggins, 3rd VP,
Peter Olfert, Former MGEU President
Below: Gawronsky and Wiggins with
James Alexander (winner)

Winnipeg (06 Sept. 2018) — Two members of the Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union (MGEU/NUPGE) are furthering their studies this fall thanks, in part, to their union.

Winners receive $2,000 toward further post-secondary studies

James Alexander, a Juvenile Counselor with the Manitoba Youth Centre and a Corrections and MGEU Local 14 workplace steward, received the $2,000 Ken Hildahl Memorial Award. Each year, the money is awarded in honour of long-time MGEU Director of Operations, Ken Hildahl, to an activist hoping to further their understanding of pension governance issues.

Alex Menjivar, a Planning and Program Analyst with Manitoba Housing and member of Social Sciences Local 47, received the $2,000 Peter Olfert Scholarship to further his Masters studies in city planning at the University of Manitoba. The scholarship is awarded every year by Peter Olfert, former MGEU President, to someone studying in a field that potentially impacts public policy. 

More scholarships for MGEU/NUPGE members

The MGEU/NUPGE awards 16 bursaries annually based on financial need. Two bursaries will be available in each of the union's 8 geographically-defined areas: one $1,000 bursary for a MGEU/NUPGE member and one $1,500 for a spouse/common-law partner, child or ward of a MGEU/NUPGE member.

Area Bursaries English Application

Area Bursaries French Application

You can find out more information about MGEU/NUPGE scholarships and bursaries on its website


The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 390,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. — NUPGE


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