Dauphin's Stephen Roznowsky was awarded the Stanley Knowles Solidarity Award at the Manitoba New Democratic Party's annual convention on October 14th.
Roznowsky says that he believes that his absolute love of people and devotion to making progress on social justice issues put him in the running for the award.
"[I've been] an employee of the [Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Corporation] for 53 years and [have been] on the board of the MGEA, which stands for the Manitoba Government Employees Association and [is] now [known as] the Manitoba Government Employees Union... for about 41 [or] 42 years without a break... I've been a volunteer of the Winnipeg Folk Festival for...  years," he adds.
Stephen Roznowsky says that accepting the award from Manitoba NDP Leader Wab Kinew was a special experience.
"I didn't even know that I was nominated, so... when [Manitoba Federation of Labour President] Kevin Rebeck actually wanted to make sure that I was going to be there, I was choked up about it and definitely attended the conference and was able to go on stage and... shake hands... with the Manitoba New Democratic Party MLAs and have supper with them," he adds.
Roznowsky went on to say that it felt good to be seen as someone who has made a difference for working people and social justice in the province of Manitoba.
According to the Manitoba Federation of Labour, the Stanley Knowles Solidarity Award is presented at each Manitoba NDP convention to a trade unionist who has shown a deep commitment to working people and the achievement of social justice through recognized contributions to the union movement and the Manitoba NDP.