Labour mourns the loss of Sister Carmie Erickson

By Joan Wark
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Our dear friend and sister Carmie Erickson, President of the Cape Breton District Labour Council, passed away this weekend on August 5.

Carmie was a stalwart trade unionist and proud member of CUPE 5050.

Our thoughts are with her husband Steve, her children and grandson, and with all of her close friends and union family at this extremely difficult time.

Since her election as President of the Labour Council in Cape Breton. Carmie was always ready to take action on behalf of any worker in need and could be counted on to quickly organize solidarity actions and events.

Her loss is one that I feel deeply, and I know I share in this loss with everyone she touched and worked alongside.

Below are the details of her obituary from the Cape Breton Post. Photo: Cape Breton Post

Born in Sydney, she was the daughter of the late Sandy (Skip) and Edith (MacDonald) Hawco.
Carmie is survived by her loving husband, Steve Erickson, and children, Nena (Jeremy) and Jay (Jessica), and the light of her life, her grandson, Bellamy James. She is also survived by sister, Theresa Gale, and brothers, Robert ‘Bobby’, Stephen James ‘Jimmy’ and MacDonald Francis ‘Louie’.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her sisters, Dawn MacDonald, Sandra Sears and Karen Barrett, and brothers, William ‘Billy’ and John ‘Jake’.

Throughout her life Carmie was an active member of her community. She volunteered in many capacities including being a leader at Girl Guides; even becoming District Commissionaire. She and a friend began Ashby T-Ball and continued to volunteer as it evolved to Sydney Minor Baseball. She was the Staff Advisor for the Sydney Academy Cheerleaders and volunteered with Celtic Power Cheerleading.

Together with friend Kim Gushue, she owned and operated Variations Dance Studios after teaching for years with Doris MacDonald Dance Academy.

She was very active in her unions and occupied many different positions with CUPE 5050. She was the current president of the Cape Breton Labour Council.

Carmie will be greatly missed by her large extended family, her dancers, her athletes, her coworkers at Sydney Academy, and her brothers and sisters in arms in the union.

Visitation will be held at Sydney Memorial Chapel, Wednesday, August 9, 2-4 and 7-9, Interment will be by family at a later date

Words of comfort can be sent to the family at, or emailed to [email protected]


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