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Meet your new Board of Directors!

*This article appears in the Fall issue of the Union Stand.

The NSGEU Board of Directors is a group of 33 members who represent all occupations and provincial regions in which the union has members.
The Board meets at least six times a year, usually at the NSGEU office in Burnside. With significant input from individual locals via the Regional and Occupational Councils, the Board of Directors keeps its finger on the pulse of the entire union and makes all the union’s major decisions between Triennial Conventions. For example, the Board of Directors is empowered to:
• Set overall bargaining strategies;
• Launch public-relations campaigns;
• Set strategic direction and priorities (so long as they’re in-line with those set by Triennial Convention delegates);
• Offer NSGEU solidarity, support, and/or financial assistance to other unions or social-justice organizations.
The Board includes five Provincial Executive Committee members elected by delegates during the NSGEU Triennial Convention; eight members elected from each of the eight NSGEU Regional Councils;
20 members elected from each of the 14 NSGEU Occupational Councils (councils with more than 2,000 members get two seats on the board).
The following members have been elected to NSGEU’s Board of Directors for the 2016-2019 term:
Executive Committee
• Jason MacLean, Local 480C (Prov. Executive Committee President)
• Sandra Mullen, Local 16 (Prov. Executive Committee 1st VP)
• Shawna Boudreau, Local 101 (Prov. Executive Committee 2nd VP)
• Kim Jenkins, Local 119 & 423 (Prov. Executive Committee 3rd VP)
• Darren McPhee, Local 8 (Prov. Exec. Committee Secretary-Treasurer)
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Regional Council BoD Representatives
Hugh Gillis, Local 480C (Cape Breton Regional Council)
Alternate: Amy Graham, Local 1
Locals: 1, 18, 20, 33, 39, 45, 46, 55, 72, 75, 76, 80B, 83, 84, 98, 104, 267 D & M, 470 D & 480C, 1670 & 1995

Aaron Daye, Local 3 (Cumberland/Colchester Regional Council)
Alternate: Shawna Cunning, Local 26
Locals: 3, 17, 20, 26, 29, 35, 44, 46, 64, 71A, 71B, 72, 75, 80B, 92, 98, 193, 267 C, & N, 470C, 480B & 1670

Donna Kline, Local 122 (Metro A Regional Council)
Alternate: Vacant
Locals: 6, 24, 43, 46, 55, 72, 75, 78B, 100, 119, 122, 124, 267I, W & Z, 470A, E & W

Sarah Hollahan, Local 66 (Metro B Regional Council)
Alternate: Scott Blackmore, Local 34
Locals: 8, 20, 28, 29, 34, 38, 41, 47, 57, 58, 59B, 62, 63, 66, 67, 68, 87, 101 & 480F

Bill Zebedee, Local 1246 (Metro C Regional Council)
Alternate: Elaine Webb, Local 7
Locals: 7, 21, 44, 45, 48, 53, 77, 79, 80A, 80B, 81, 82, 99, 423, 1246, & 1670

Tammy Gillis, Local 2 (Pictou/Antig./Guysborough Reg. Council)
Alternate: Susan Breen, Local 2
Locals: 2, 14, 20, 36, 37, 44, 50, 54, 60, 60A, 61, 71C, 72, 80B, 85, 88, 104, 193, 267F, 470C, 480A & 1670

Erica Sisco-Dube, Local 59 (South Shore Regional Council)
Alternate: Karen Peters-Newell, Local 5
Locals: 5, 16, 20, 25,30, 32, 40, 44, 45, 46, 59A, 65, 70, 72, 74, 80B, 98, 189, 190, 195, 267B, E & L, 470B, 480I & 1670

Bev Challis, Local 27 (Valley Regional Council)
Alternate: John Rowlings, Local 4
Locals: 4, 20, 27, 29, 31, 46, 49, 51, 56, 72, 73, 75, 80 B, 86, 98, 191, 195, 267 A & K, 470B & 1670
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Occupational Council BoD Representatives
Anne Davis, Local 17 (Civil Service Clerical Occupational Council)
Alternate: Sharlene MacLean, Local 1
Locals: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 14, 16 & 17

Steve Newson, Local 8 (Civil Service Professional Occ. Council)
Alternate: John Mortimer, Local 1
Locals: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 14, 16, & 17

Paul Hagan, Local 8 (Civil Service Professional Occ. Council)
Alternate: David Brewster, Local 4
Locals: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 14, 16, & 17

Ken Wilkie, Local 480C (Civil Service Technical & Services Occ. Council)
Alternate: Greg Robar, Local 480C
Locals: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 14, 16, & 17

Robin MacDonald, Local 17 (Civil Service Technical & Services Occ. Council)
Alternate: John Rowlings, Local 4
Locals: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 14, 16, & 17

Colin Sutton, Local 79 (Post Secondary Education Occ. Council)
Alternate: Brenda McKenna, Local 88
Locals: 18, 45, 77, 79, 81, 82, 88, 92, 99 & 267

Tammy Zinck, Local 77 (Post Secondary Education Occ. Council)
Alternate: Jennifer Farrell, Local 88
Locals: 18, 45, 77, 79, 81, 82, 88, 92, 99 & 267

Anne McCrate, Local 53 (Trade Union School Boards Occ. Council)
Alternate: Nannette Doherty, Local 73
Locals: 53, 70, 71A, 71B, 71C, 72, 73, 74, 80A & 80B

Tracey Groves, Local (Trade Union Home Support Occ. Council)
Alternate: Susan Jewells-McNeil, Local 76
Locals: 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 39, 40, 76, 83, 84 & 85

Jim Ross, Local 470D (Trade Union Liquor Stores Occ. Council)
Alternate: Rose Nolan, Local 470C
Locals: 470 & 1670

Claire Williams, Local 78B (Trade Union General Occ. Council)
Alternate: Jerome Kelly, Local 1995
Locals: 2A, 25, 26, 44, 46, 47, 48, 50, 55, 60, 75, 78B, 98 & 1995

Tracey Best, Local 66 (Trade Union Group Homes Occ. Council)
Alternate: Olive Bourque, Local 59
Locals: 49, 51, 54, 57, 58, 59, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67 & 68

Dawn Peters, Local 193 (Trade Union Health Care Occ. Council)
Alternate: Laura MacMillan, Local 100
Locals: 20, 43, 100, 104, 122, 193 & 195

Peter Perry, Local 122 (Trade Union Health Care Occ. Council)
Alternate: Mary Otto, Local 43
Locals: 20, 43, 100, 104, 122, 193 & 195

Amanda Hemmings, Local (Trade Union Long Term Care Occ. Council)
Alternate: Valerie DeCoste, Local 43
Locals: 27, 28, 41, 56, 86 & 87

Tracey Fisk, Local 101 (Trade Union Nursing Occupational Council)
Alternate: Karen Grandy, Local 195
Locals: 101, 104, 193 & 195

Denise Roussy, Local 193 (Trade Union Nursing Occupational Council)
Alternates: Judy Kelley, Local 104
Locals: 101, 104, 193 & 195

Melissa Marsman, Local 423 (Trade Union Administrative Professionals)
Alternate: Lynette Hayward-Byrd, Local 190
Locals: 21, 29, 38, 104, 189, 190, 191, 193, 195, 423 & 1246

Tammy Young, Local 1246 (Trade Union Administrative Professionals)
Alternate: Sherri Cunningham, Local 193
Locals: 21, 29, 38, 104, 123, 189, 190, 191, 193, 195 & 1246

Raymond Theriault, Local 119 (Support Staff Occupational Council)
Alternate: Tiffany Elliott, Local 119
Locals: 24, 119, 124 & 193

Notes from BOD’s first meeting

President Jason MacLean brought the first meeting of the newly elected Board of Directors to order on Thursday, Sept. 29. The first order of business was their Oath of Office:
“I (insert name here) promise that I will uphold and obey the Constitution and duly authorized policies of the Nova Scotia Government & General Employees Union and the principles of the trade union movement, fulfill the obligations and responsibilities of my office to the best of my ability, and promptly deliver to my successor all monies, records, and other property of the Union in my possession at the close of my term in office.”
The Board had governance training led by NSGEU legal counsels, Ray Larkin and David Wallbridge. This training covered their roles, responsibilities, and duties as Board members. This was followed by financial training by the NSGEU Director of Finance and Administration, Bruce Thomson. This training gave the Board basic instruction in accounting principles so they can understand the financial information they will receive throughout their term and participate in the discussion, review, and approval of budgets.
The Board heard reports from the President, Executive Director, Treasurer, as well as Occupational and Regional Councils. Committee members were approved. Most committees will begin holding meetings and reporting to the Board over the next few months. Board members also had fun and got to know each other better during some team building exercises.
The Board of Directors meets every six weeks, except for the months of July and August, when they take a break to accommodate for summer vacations.

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