Our Winners

It feels good to win!

Here are a few of the fine people who discovered goodgroceries.ca and won!

Not only did they discover how easy it is to play and win, they also found valuable information about what Alberta Safeway workers are all about, what unions are all about, and what it means to stand together as retail food workers.

Whether you’re a unionized Safeway worker, a non-union Sobeys worker, or a customer, this game will provide some insight into what Safeway workers are thinking as they get ready to negotiate for the first time with their new employer Sobeys.

Play often. Draws for winners occur each week! Will you be next?

Jennifer Ayers

One of our latest contest winners, Jennifer Ayers, says her boyfriend and young son very much can use the $250 gift card that she won for simply playing the GoodGroceries.ca game. She is heading back to school and this will help out a lot. Jennifer also says she saw an advertisement for the contest when she was taking the bus one day and decided to give it a try. She really enjoyed playing it and found the information useful, as she knew about Sobeys buying Safeway but didn’t realize that Safeway workers have a union. Thanks for playing, Jen. Keep playing for more chances to win.

Crystal DeZutter

Crystal also saw the GoodGroceries.ca contest through one of our bus advertisements. She had fun playing and cannot believe that she won! She also says she considers it to be a blessing that she won because she lost her job 2 years ago due to medical issues and every bit helps. She likes to shop at Safeway and knew that Sobeys took over the Safeway company but learned a lot more by playing the contest. Congratulations, Crystal! Thank you for playing.

Anthony Zezula

Meet Anthony, a Sobeys warehouse employee, and fabulous 401er, who found the Good Groceries contest while he was scoping out the UFCW 401 website (www.gounion.ca). He liked the game and found it informative as well as easy to navigate and fun to play. Though Anthony shops at both Safeway and Sobeys stores now, he was clear that he will be supporting the workers in their bid for fairness and says he will definitely support the workers by not shopping any of Sobeys stores if they go on strike. Anthony, it’s people like you that make us proud to be standing up to this very large, very profitable, and very concerning company.

Margaret York

Here is the incomparable Margaret York. Margaret is also one of our fabulous 401ers and has been an active member and Shop Steward at Safeway for many years. She played to win because she tells us that she never wins anything. Margaret found the contest online via the 401 website (www.gounion.ca) and entered many, many times. She found it to be loads of fun and very entertaining. She also found it very informative, particularly for anyone who may not yet be sure of the vast difference between union and non-union grocery stores. She is a strong supporter of the fight for fairness for Safeway workers as she has been a long-term cake decorator and believes in this fight. Margaret has her walking boots ready to go on strike if needed, just as she and thousands of other Safeway workers did in back in 1997. Thanks, Margaret. We are grateful to stand together with you!

Jerry Stefanyk

Congratulations to Jerry, who found out about the contest on Facebook, played and won! Retired, together with his wife Linda, they both enjoy spending their time doing volunteer work. Jerry tells us that they knew Sobeys bought Safeway but didn’t realize that Sobeys workers are not unionized like their Safeway counterparts. Jerry and Linda say they love to shop at Safeway on the first Tuesday of the month to get the 15% discount. Thanks for your interest in our campaign for fairness for Safeway and Sobeys workers. We appreciate your support!

Ryan Hanna

Our latest winner, Ryan, was riding on the bus and saw our goodgroceries.ca ad and decided to try his luck. He says he had fun playing the game and was interested in playing again for another shot at winner more free groceries! Ryan knows that Sobeys bought Safeway and he thinks it’s important to have a union to ensure a decent standard of living for all employees and their families, as well as a safe and happy workplace. We couldn’t agree more, Ryan. Thanks for your support and congratulations to you on your win. Keep playing to win!

Jay Zaal

Jay found out about goodgroceries.ca on one of our billboards as he passed by. He knows that Safeway workers are part of the union but that Sobeys workers are not. He was interested in the campaign to get caught up on the latest. Jay said he was very happy to win at this time because he is unemployed at the moment and the gift card will be a big help. Congratulations, Jay, and thanks again for playing.

Al Paquette

Another recent winner of our goodgroceries.ca contest is Safeway worker Al Paquette. He heard about the contest through his Union Representative Shauna Robertson. He found the information to be useful and informative and really enjoys the updates that he gets from his union so that he is up to speed on all the latest news regarding the ongoing negotiations campaign. Thanks so much, Al, for your interest in this contest and being a “plugged in” member of 401!

Champika Gamage

Another of our fabulous Good Groceries contest winners is Champika from Safeway. She tells us that for more than three weeks straight she was using her coffee and lunch breaks to go on the website to try to win. She said that one of her co-workers won so she convinced herself that she could also win and decided not to stop until she did! Lo and behold, she got herself a cool $250 for groceries! She was very excited and added that this is the first time she’s ever won anything from her union. Congratulations, Champika and thanks for playing!

Tasha Roberts

Meet one of our latest Good Groceries winners, Tasha Roberts. Tasha works in the Safeway Pharmacy in Sherwood Park, where she has been an employee for over 10 years. She heard about the Good Groceries website from her Union Representative, Laura. Laura had piqued Tasha’s curiosity, so she decided to go online and check it out. She finds the game easy to navigate and even though she knew a lot of the information provided, she says it was good to get a “refresher”. She continues to go back and play. Congratulations and thanks so much for your interest in playing and supporting the campaign, Tasha!

Jessy Gobeil

Our latest winner is Jessy and she found out about the Good Groceries contest because she follows UFCW 401 on Facebook and decided to take part in the contest to support her union brothers and sisters and Safeway! Congratulations, Jessy, on playing and winning. And on behalf of the thousands of Safeway workers and the reps and negotiators at Local 401, thank you for your support!

Barbara Giroux

Barbara is from Drifpile, near Slave Lake and she found out about the contest after she seen someone shared the link on Facebook and decided to give it a try. She said it is fun that is why she played. She also says that she will support her local Safeway workers and will not be shopping at any Safeway if they go on strike. Congrats, Barbara and thanks again for playing!

Michele Serpanchy

Michele, mother of three children, heard about the contest from our billboard on Glenmore Trail Calgary. She usually shops at the Sobeys by her house because she is noticing the change with Safeway. She said that it is not as bright as the Sobeys. Upon learning about the issues facing her local Safeway workers, she committed to supporting the workers if they are forced into a strike, even though in her area it will be difficult because there are not many other options. We thank you for your support, Michele, and so do the thousands of Safeway workers across Alberta!

Darla Beaudry

A big thank you to avid GoodGroceries.ca player Darla! She found out about the contest online and began to play in her spare time as many times as she could to increase her chances of winning. “It was fun and it paid off!” she exclaims. “I also learned that workers at my local Safeway store earn better wages and benefits and have better job security because of their union – their Sobeys store workers need to get a union so they can have better jobs too!”, she concluded. Thanks for playing, Darla! And thanks for your support of your local Sobeys workers.

Harshika Thilakarathna

Harshika was thrilled to be one of the weekly winners in the GoodGroceries.ca contest. She added that she’s been working at Safeway since 2008 and is a proud 401 member and is her first time of winning anything. Harshika will be standing strong with her coworkers in the battle for fairness with Sobeys. Congrats, Harshika!

Lisa Reynolds

We may be a little behind in posting our winners, but Lisa from Superstore won her $250 gift card just in time for Christmas! She heard about the contest through her union email updates and was not only interested in winning, but also what her fellow UFCW 401 members at Safeway were fighting to improve. Information is power, Lisa, and we thank you for supporting your sisters and brothers by learning about their bid for fairness with Sobeys.

Pat McKenzie

Pat is a 401 member out of Safeway. Having since retired, she heard about the contest from her Union Rep at a meeting. Very curious about what it was all about, she began playing shortly after learning of the fun and interactive game. “It was nice and simple to play”, and she enjoyed learning about some of the trends in unionized workplaces vs. non-union workplaces. “I wish everyone all the best in negotiations”, she finished.

Sue Grant

Sue is a Safeway worker who says she saw the contest on the union bulletin board in her store and decided to give it a try. “I’ve never won anything! It sure does pay to keep an eye on the union bulletin board,” she exclaimed. Congratulations, Sue. We look forward to working with you and the thousands of your Alberta Safeway co-workers in your bid for a better workplace; one where your employer, Sobeys, respects and values the hard work you do each day.

Jolanta Starozik

“My name is Jolanta Starozik. I work part-time as a cashier at Safeway in Edmonton and I am glad to be a 401 member. I found out about the Good Groceries contest during our union meeting about year ago. I didn’t visit this page until late November/early December when I had a spare time on my day off. The game itself is not complicated. It was a total surprise when I received the message from my Union Rep, Shauna, that I won the contest. The $250 grocery gift card came just in time when work hours are being cut and my job security is under threat. I believe that we need to stay strong and united, and our union should be allowed to speak freely to Sobeys employees, who should not fear that they might lose their job if they decide to join the union. Thanks to my union, for years I was protected at my workplace having guaranteed minimum hours, wages, benefits for part time employees, etc. I am grateful for my union and I am for every customer who shops at Safeway.”

Bushra Jamal

Thanks to our latest winner, Bushra Jamal, for playing the Good Groceries game. Bushra saw the poster in her lunchroom at the Safeway store she works at and decided to play to win. Playing on her coffee and lunch breaks she said, “I may have entered anywhere between eight and ten times or even more.” When her Union Rep Sam asked her how she felt about winning the $250 gift card she responded, “That’s really great. I have been working at Safeway for ten years and have been a member of UFCW 401 all those years. This is my first time of winning anything from the union. I thank the union so much!” Always thinking of others, she concluded by saying, “I hope this will continue until other members win too.” Congrats, Bushra!

Mike Woolridge

Mike, a UFCW member working at the Starlight Casino in West Edmonton Mall, is one of the latest winners of the Good Groceries contest. He says he found out about the contest on Facebook. “It seemed like an ad so I didn’t pay much attention to it until I saw one of my Facebook friends was a winner,” Mike says. In playing the game and entering the contest he says he found the information interesting. “It was an easy and great way to get information on the history and facts,” he concludes. Congrats, Mike and thanks for your interest in your fellow UFCW members at Alberta’s Safeway stores.

James Mercer

James started with Safeway in April of 2017 as a part-time courtesy clerk. James’ son also works for Safeway as a store manager. James became aware of the contest by the promotional materials on the lunchroom table left by his Union Representative. He says he played the game and entered many times because he found it to be a really fun way to pass some time. James says that while he found the information to be informative, he was already aware of many of the facts before playing the game. He is thrilled to have won and says he will continue to visit the site and play the game.

Glenn Miller

Congratulations to our latest Good Groceries winner, Glenn. He is retired from his position at Firestone. He is also still very active within the labour movement and is working with many organizations to get working people benefits. Glenn tells us that he is very aware of the UFCW and what we do and is willing to assist in any possible way with ensuring Safeway workers are successful in their upcoming negotiations and is happy to help out with the campaign. He is very active on Facebook and has a lot of friends within the labour movement. Glenn also has 2 children and 7 grandchildren. Thanks for playing, Glenn. And thank you for your support!

Ivy Tennis

Our latest Good Groceries winner is Ivy Tennis. She been retired for 5 years and as a retiree herself, she is concerned about workers who do not have a fair pension or those who do not have one at all because she sees a lot of people in her age demographic who do not have enough to survive on. She was interested to learn from the Good Groceries game that Safeway workers have a union but Sobeys workers do not. Sadly, Ivy was one of many loyal Safeway shoppers who have suffered as a result of one of the Safeway stores closing in her community. She can no longer justify shopping at Safeway since the closest one is now too far for her to shop at. She feels that the company needs to do more for communities because they are employing people from those communities. She is also very excited about the upcoming World Junior hockey games, and is a little upset that the NHL players cannot play this year, but believes that Canada has a good team regardless. Thanks for playing, Ivy, and thank you also for your support of Alberta Safeway workers!

Nathan Zarich

Congratulations to Nathan for being one of December’s winners. Nathan works at Safeway in Calgary and is a 401 member. He found out about the contest from attending the general membership union meetings. He says he learned a lot from playing and was excited to tell his family and friends about it so they could play too!

Mark Lescano

Mark is one of the many lucky 401 members who played and won. Mark found out about the contest from his Union Rep, Shauna, and was thrilled to win, especially because his coworkers teased him that he wouldn’t win – now they’re all playing too! Mark says he found the game to be easy to navigate and it was also very informative.

Carol Payne

Our latest Good Groceries winner is Carol Payne from Edmonton. She discovered it while she was surfing the Local 401 website gounion.ca. Carol says she “wasted no time in trying” out the game and it paid off big time!
Carol is a Superstore member and when her Union Rep, Sam Nuako, came to her at her store to give her the $250 gift card, she asked him, “am I in trouble?” Sam had a bit of fun with it and responded, “yes you are! Because you just won for yourself a big prize!”
Carol was both excited and surprised by her win and said that she thought the game was very interesting and fun to do.
Congratulations Carol and thank you so much for playing and learning more about your fellow 401ers as they take on their employer Sobeys in upcoming negotiations. When we stick together, there are no limits to what we can accomplish!

Amanda Rogers

Amanda tells us that winning this gift card came at the perfect time and we couldn’t be happier to hear that. Her mother is one of our very own fantastic Shop Stewards, Norma Johnson, and knows all about the Union Advantage. She heard about the contest when she attended the 401 member open house and BBQ August 20th in Edmonton and decided to try her luck and play. Amanda has 3 children and says that the gift card was sent from heaven through UFCW 401. We are so happy this came at a time when you really needed it, Amanda. Congratulations!

Daria Douglas

Daria works as a children’s caregiver and she loves kids. Daria and her boyfriend were driving when she saw the billboard advertising the contest and started playing the game on her phone. It was just that random and easy! She didn’t expect to win but she’s happy that she did. Congrats, Daria and thanks for playing!

Leon Murray Wright

Leon is a 42 year Safeway worker at Edmonton’s Grange location. Leon found out about the contest through an information pamphlet at work. His coworkers were teasing him that no one would actually win this kind of contest. Leon didn’t listen to them, went to the website and played the game and now he is the one laughing! Thanks for playing Leon!

Michelle Winchester

Michelle works at the U of A and happened to see one of the goodgroceries.ca billboards in Edmonton and decided to check out the website. She had fun playing and learning about what’s going on and was very surprised to win $250 worth of groceries! Michelle never expect that she would win. Will you be the next one to be happily surprised?

Fran Weekes

Finding our contest on Facebook, Fran is one of our recent winners in this contest. Having retired 3 years ago, Fran worked in the Federal Government for 33 years and is very proud to have belonged to her union at that workplace. She spends most of her time doing volunteer work now. In fact, she voluteers at Wings of Providence for 10 years and realized that she’s heard of us before when talking to Union Organizer Catherine Lelis about 401’s shoe drive last year where we collected nearly 1000 pairs of shoes for women in need. It’s a small world! Congrats, Fran. We are thrilled you played and won.

Lucy Nicoletti

Lucy received the information about the campaign from her sister. She played the game on her iPad and it froze a couple of times but was still able to enter into the contest. She said that the obligations for the employer are to have fair pricing, fully stocked items, convenience, and fair treatment of employees. Congratulations, Lucy and thank you for your interest in Safeway workers and fairness.

Nancy Dallaire

Nancy is one of our latest winners of the contest. Working at one of the St. Albert Safeway stores, Nancy heard about the contest through her Shop Steward Margaret McCauley when she brought it up as a topic of discussion at the morning store meeting. Nancy believes that grocery stores have an obligation to their communities to support them and should promote a workplace that is healthy and happy. “Happy and healthy employees make for happy and healthy communities”, she says. Never believing she’d win, Nancy is now committed to ensuring all her coworkers enter the contest regularly. Thanks for the support, Nancy and congratulations!

Grace Struthers

Grace found out about this contest through Facebook. Her and her husband Mike are self-employed and were aware that Safeway was unionized but didn’t know before playing the Goodgroceries.ca contest that Sobeys employees were not! Grace, like many customers, is frustrated with the lack of items on the shelves at Sobeys that are used in the flyer to draw customers to their stores. We are very grateful that she is also so supportive of the employees at Safeway and is going to support them no matter the outcome of negotiations. She commits to continue her support of the workers throughout their stuggles with Sobeys to ensure fairness and a company they can be once again proud to work for. Congratulations and thanks for playing, Grace!