Local 401 Remembers Kim Novak

It is with great sadness that we remember and pay tribute to our friend and sister, Kim Novak.

The President of Local 1518 in British Columbia, Kim was a trailblazer and inspirational labour leader in BC, UFCW, and our broader labour movement. The first woman and youngest leader of Local 1518, Kim’s excitement, enthusiasm, and vision were felt by everyone she touched.

“Kim Novak dedicated her life to helping working people,” reflected Secretary Treasurer Richelle Stewart. “As a female labour leader, Kim didn’t just break glass ceilings, she smashed them, and in the process, she led the way for so many of us as we work to redefine a woman’s place in her union. I am indebted to Kim’s leadership and will think of her often as we continue transforming our labour movement and the world.”

Kim fulfilled numerous roles throughout her career with UFCW 1518, including Union Representative, Director, Secretary Treasurer, and eventually President.

“As a fellow UFCW Local President, I was often struck by Kim’s warmth, her grace, her strength, and her spirit,” said President Thomas Hesse. “The position of president is not an easy one to hold and I often spoke with Kim about how best to represent workers. Kim’s profound connection to her members is the hallmark of an exceptional leader and I know that she did everything in her power to improve the lives of her members every single day. In that regard, Kim is irreplaceable and she will be deeply missed by everyone who knew her.”

Our hearts go out to Kim’s family and the members of Local 1518 for their loss. As suggested by the local union, we will honour Kim’s memory by acting with kindness and care as we continue her work to make the world a better place.

Rest In Power, Kim.