Honours and Awards Committee

Life Member, Ray Bailey

Brother Bailey was awarded Life Membership in 1989.

Brother Bailey began working for Revenue Canada Taxation now CRA on September 14/70 in the PADL & TRTL Program and for most of his career was part of the AU group working in special investigations and audit. His resignation was officially processed on February 19/90 (actually left CRA on personal leave and resigned from UTE in April/89 to assume staff position in the Union of Veterans’ Affairs Employees).

Ray started his union involvement as London Local Vice-President in February/80. In 1981, he became Local President and attended his first UTE Convention where he was elected as Alternate RVP Southwestern Ontario as well as running Jean Bergeron’s successful Presidential campaign. In 1984, Ray was elected as Second Vice-President responsible for Collective Bargaining. His final position held was that of First Vice-President following his election in 1987.

During his time with UTE, Ray sat on 2 negotiation teams representing the AU group, chaired several UTE Bargaining Conferences, was a member of the Information Technology Committee and from 1984 was part of the Executive Committee.

The most memorable things that occurred during his time as an elected officer, according to Ray, were his unsuccessful bid at the 1985 PSAC Convention for an AEC position and his attendance as the Aileen Manion Scholarship winner at the 1988 Labour College of Canada. 

In April 1989, Brother Bailey accepted the position on Executive Assistant with the Union of Veterans’ Affairs Employees. Although he retired as a full-time employee on December 31/09, Ray continues today on a part-time basis in this same position.

A great deal of his spare time is spent visiting his wife Liz, who is in long-term care and volunteering as Ottawa Chapter President and National board member of the Huntington Society of Canada as his wife suffers from Huntington disease. In addition, Ray sits as an executive member of the Perley-Rideau Family and Friends Council and the Champlain Region Family Council Network.