I am honoured to serve as your second president of Local 291. It is with honour and gratitude that I accepted Ruth's generous nomination for this office. Ruth has served as an unparalleled example of how a Local President should act - with integrity, with honour, a passion for justice and fairness, and always--at every moment--with the best interest of the members at heart. I am so grateful the membership saw fit to create the Past President role so that I may continue to benefit from her mentorship and wise counsel!
I offer to you that I will do my best to live up to the example that Ruth has set. I am so thankful for, and will rely on the knowledge and experience in, the passionate and competent Executive that you have elected:
Susan Kilpatrick (Treasurer)
Sara Francis (Secretary)
Stephanie Jenkins-Moss (Chief Steward)
Keehan Koorn (Communications Officer).
We are in a very busy time -- Pay Equity is in the final stages, Bargaining for our second collective agreement has just begun, and changes are always happening at CMHA WW. You have elected strong, passionate activists to represent you at these tables, and I am privileged to sit beside each one of them.
The reality of a union is this: strength comes from the members, not the leadership. You are some of the strongest, most intelligent, most committed individuals I've ever met. I am humbled to serve as your president and am excited to collaborate with you to grow our Local. For the benefit of all, we Stand Together for One Another. I stand with you.