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A headshot of Bonnie Gostola, Vice-President of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE).

Bonnie Gostola

Executive

Vice-President

After a re-election in 2017, Bonnie Gostola entered her second term as Vice-President. In the last 15 years she has also filled Local Chair, Council Representative and various Local and Chapter Executive roles all while working as a Healthcare Aide.

Gostola joined AUPE when it merged with the Canadian Health Care Guild. This shift marked her first foray into direct action, inspired by the workplace injustices affecting her and her fellow workers. Not only did she walk her first picket line shortly after the merge, but she also helped form an alternate Council Representative.

Over time, she took on increasingly active roles in her Chapter and Local, and now motivates other members to do the same. Gostola knows the value of AUPE’s many education courses and bases her own leadership style on consistent messaging and open communication. She believes that with the right foundational knowledge, members can find their identities within their union and unite as unique parts of a strong whole.

Gostola knows the next two years could be some of the most challenging ones AUPE will face, but with a strong focus on bargaining and an unrelenting confidence in the membership, she’s ready for anything to secure fair contracts for workers.