My Biography
First, the important stuff – my union activities. At the local level I’ve held every position on the PHSA Executive:

Shop Steward
OH&S Representative
Local Chair
Local Vice-Chair
Local Secretary-Treasurer
Local Trustee

In the past, I was also Chair of the Canadian Red Cross local (now Canadian Blood Services) and a Steward in the operating room at Vancouver General Hospital.

At the provincial level, I’ve participated on several HEU committees such as Pay Equity, Global Justice and Peace, Political Action and Pink Triangle. I sat on the bargaining committee for two terms, one of which I held the position of Chair. In total, HEU committee/subcommittee work includes:

Committee on Labour Relations
Pay Equity Committee
Political Action subcommittee
Global Justice subcommittee
Bill 29 Committee
Pink Triangle Standing Committee
Equal Opportunities subcommittee
2001-2004 Member of Facilities Bargaining Committee
2004-2006 Chairperson of Facilities Bargaining Committee 

I have also held a position on the Provincial Executive for eight years in a row: two as 2nd Vice President, four years as 1st Vice President, and President for the past two years.

I have represented HEU nationally at CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees) and the CLC (Canadian Labour Congress), where I lobbied the Federal Government on issues such as the economy, EI reform, pension reform and gun control. At the CLC, I held the position of Equity Vice President. 

Internationally, I’ve represented HEU/CUPE/CLC at the ‘World Out’ Games and Human Rights conferences, both in Montreal and Copenhagen, and at the International Aids Conferences in Vienna and Washington DC.

My Union involvement has consisted of working with many community groups such as Downtown East Side residents, Raise the Rates committee, Qmunity (formerly the Centre for LGBT community), Positive Living BC, Aids Walk, GLISA-NA (LGBT Sports/Human Rights organization), Standing Up for Mental Health, United Way, First Call, several environment groups, and foster parent associations.

I look forward to continuing my work with these organizations and bringing HEU’s campaigns to their organizations (campaigns such as our Standing Up for seniors and Living Wage).
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