PATRICK O’CONNOR

PATRICK O’CONNOR

Vice President

Even as a teenager, Patrick thought that there was a need for every person to standup against ongoing injustices wherever they occurred. While still in high school he raised over $400.00 for African famine relief, -the second highest amount received. His passion for a more just world was evident in current events and geography classes, and later in sociology and anthropology classes in university. The apartheid regime in South Africa, fascist regimes in Latin America and the Viet Nam War were major concerns. Pat was also equally concerned about the economic inequality both in Canada and abroad. His deep frustration over these and other concerns led him to start doing what he could towards a just, secure and peaceful world. He wrote letters to the editor and joined picket lines when workers’ rights were being abused. He also regularly attended solidarity events to show his support for their ongoing struggles for a just world. His peace and social justice concerns led to a lifetime of political activity directed at all levels of government. As a peace supporter in the ‘70’s, he collected thousands of names for the Stockholm Appeal – an international peace petition calling for an absolute ban on nuclear weapons. Pat helped popularize the annual Peace Walks, parades, marches and events promoting peace. He designed an anti-war poster for his trade union and often carried the union banner in peace demonstrations and marches. At national political conventions he campaigned against bombs and for humanitarian aid. Pat is a well-known transit advocate who sat on citizens’ transit advocacy groups since the early ‘80’s. He has been an active trade unionist and a long-time political action committee member of his union. He has worked as a transit driver since 1986. Pat is a supporter of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Council of Canadians – broad based national organizations in support of social justice issues. Recently retired, he is now on the steering committee of his local community association. He is married, has two adult children, one grandchild, and a large extended family. He lives with his wife, Wendy, in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.