2001-2011 OPSEU member activist,
2011 – present OPSEU Staff
Local Secretary, Treasurer, VP
Regional Mobilizer (Developmental Services Sector 2)
Colleges Part-time Workers Organizer
Region Educational Co-facilitator
Sector 2 Divisional Executive, Communications Officer
Negotiations Team Member
OPSEU Support Staff (Accounting, Membership Services, Resource Centre, Negotiations, Job Security Units)
Co-ordinated/Central bargaining team member
What are your thoughts on how a staff rep can support our local and our members?
Educate and Empower - My number one goal is to provide the tools and resources to help members, help themselves. I am a firm believer in the proverb, “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”. I don’t want to simply provide an answer, I want to provide the tool to assist members in finding the answer themselves.
Mobilize – “Strength in numbers!” I can’t emphasize this enough. When an employer sees an engaged and mobilized membership, they are more likely to engage in positive labour relations all around. A Local Executive or Bargaining team is only as strong as the members behind them. As a staff rep I want to help a local obtain this.
What's one thing you love? The genuine passion and dedication I see in my colleagues in their ongoing fight for OPSEU members.
What's one thing you hate? Bullies
What's one thing you wish? I wish I could sing
What's one thing you're grateful for? My Family. A good work life balance is essential.
Many thanks to Cheryl for her graciousness