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CUPE Ontario elects most diverse executive board in Canadian labour history

Led by President Fred Hahn and Secretary-Treasurer Candace Rennick, CUPE Ontario elected the most diverse board in Canadian labour history at their convention on Friday.

“Our members are committed to building a fairer world for all workers, and they recognize that to do this we must ensure the voices at our highest level of decision making, accurately reflect the diversity of our Province,” said President Fred Hahn. “I am incredibly proud to lead an organization that recognizes the value of all people.”

CUPE Ontario executive board group photo

“In the face of governments that put the needs of their elite friends ahead of the people and communities across Ontario, we have an obligation to lead the charge in building a world that works for everyone,” said Secretary-Treasurer Candace Rennick. “With all the new talent joining our executive board I know we will succeed.”

CUPE Ontario’s new executive includes:

President: Fred Hahn, acclaimed to his 4th two year term

Secretary-Treasurer: Candace Rennick, acclaimed to her 4th two-year term

First Vice-President: Michael Hurley, acclaimed

Second Vice-President: Yolanda McClean, acclaimed

Third Vice-President: John Camilleri, acclaimed

Fourth Vice-President: Henri Giroux, acclaimed

Member-at-large: Eddie Pereira, re-elected

Member-at-large: Tiffany Balducci, re-elected

Member-at-large: Patrick Hannon, newly-elected to this position

Member-at-large: Dave Smith, re-elected

Member-at-large: Adam Coones, newly-elected

Member-at-large: Domenic Maugeri, newly-elected

Aboriginal Representative: Dawn Bellerose, newly-elected

Racialized Worker Representative: Veriline Howe, re-elected

Pink-Triangle Representative: Ryan Culpepper, newly-elected

Women`s Representative: Brenda “Dash” Lavender, newly-elected

Workers with Disabilities Representative: Victoria Warner, newly-elected

Young Worker Representative: Fred Shilson, newly-elected

Northern Ontario Representative: Darryl Taylor, newly-elected

The executive board also includes five Sector Chairs, each elected at distinct sector specific conferences.

Chair of Education Sector: Terri Preston

Chair of Health and Long-term Care: Heather Duff

Chair of Municipal Sector: Ann Jenkins Chair of Social Services: Carrie Lynn Poole-Cotnam

Chair of University Sector: Janice Folk-Dawson

CUPE is Ontario’s community union, with more than 250,000 members providing quality public services we all rely on, in every part of the province, every day. CUPE Ontario members are proud to work in social services, health care, municipalities, school boards, universities and airlines.

For more information: Sarah Jordison, CUPE Communications, (416) 578-5638

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