Guy Smith was first elected as President in 2009. He previously served as a Vice-President from 1993-1999 and 2001-2003. Smith has been an AUPE activist at his worksite, in his Local, on the Executive, and in his community for 30 years.
Smith brings passion and commitment to the role of President and a vision to build AUPE into the strongest, most active and most vibrant union in Alberta.
President Smith has led AUPE through some of its most tumultuous and exciting times, which included significant victories against oppressive governments and employers.
During Smith’s tenure the public image of AUPE as a recognized and credible voice has increased significantly, resulting in AUPE gaining respect as a strong organization that stands up for its members and for the services Albertans rely upon.
Throughout his years as an AUPE activist and leader, Smith has been committed to involving members in decision-making and action when needed. He believes that our struggles are only won through grassroots involvement and mobilization of the rank and file membership.
Smith lives in Edmonton with his partner Sherry and two daughters.
Jason Heistad was elected as Executive Secretary-Treasurer on Oct. 18, 2013, after serving eight years as a Vice-President.
Heistad, a long-time activist in AUPE’s Education Sector, is a proud member of Local 071/002, which represents non-academic employees of Olds College.
Heistad was also a member of the Innisfail Town Council for nine years, serving from 2004 to 2013. He served as Innisfail’s Deputy Mayor in May, June and July of 2004 and 2005.
Heistad also coaches minor soccer and is a team manager in the Innisfail Recreational Men’s Hockey League.
Jason was raised in a union family. His grandfather, Stan Horodyski, was an official of the Canadian Auto Workers union. His wife Sharla is a member of AUPE Local 003. Jason and Sharla have three daughters.
Mike Dempsey was elected to his first term as an AUPE Vice-President on Oct. 18, 2013. He is a Forestry Officer with Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resources Development, currently working in the Lac La Biche area northeast of Edmonton.
Mike has been a member of AUPE since 1982, and has been active in the union since 1984. Most recently, he has been the Local 005 Provincial Executive member, Government Services Bargaining Committee member, and has acted as a strike captain during the labour actions at Revera Riverbend, Hardisty Care Centre, Waterford of Summerlea, and Monterey Place. He also completed the Level 3 Union Steward course at Labour School in 2009.
Mike is a firm believer in the power of collaboration, and has worked in the past with his MLA and the Lac La Biche town council to address mutual issues of concern. He is looking forward to engaging with members through the community mobilization process.
Mike and his wife Heather have two adult children.
Bonnie Gostola was elected an AUPE Vice President in a by-election at Convention 2016.
Bonnie is a proud member of Local 045 (formally the Canadian Health Care Guild) working as a Health Care Aide in long-term care in the High River Hospital for the past 29 years. She became the Local 045 Chair in 2014 after serving as a Local Council Representative for several years. Fifteen years ago she became actively involved in AUPE, taking on roles first at the Chapter level, then at the Local level, and recently the Provincial Level on the Legislative Standing Committee and the Centennial Committee as a liaison. She began taking AUPE’s education courses and learned how to be an activist.
Bonnie comes from a labour background. Her father was a union member, her uncles and grandfather were members of the Sugar Beet Local in Southern Alberta. Bonnie’s great grandfather was a unionized coal miner in Lethbridge. She was raised on the farm and learned her strong work ethic from that upbringing.
Bonnie is married to her husband Lorne Ryan and has one son, Logan (Karen) and three grandchildren: Isaac, Reagen, and Kaiden. She has a long-time history in connection with Softball Alberta and Softball Canada, both as a player and an umpire. Bonnie is an avid golfer and loves to camp.
She is excited to begin her journey of working with AUPE’s membership. She says, “together we make the union strong.”
Glen Scott was elected to his first term as AUPE Vice-President at the 2009 Annual Convention.
Glen has been an LPN since 1994. During the healthcare cutbacks of the 1990s, he worked as a nurse’s assistant for a few years due to a shortage of LPN opportunities, and was a member of both CUPE and CHCG. When he started with the Calgary Health Authority in 1997, he became a member of AUPE, and except for a 7 month position transfer that moved him back to CUPE prior to Bill 27, has been a very happy AUPE member ever since.
Glen has attended many Labour Schools and has held numerous positions within the Chapter and Local structures. He is a very active member in bargaining, and works hard with other members on the things that enhance working and living conditions for our members.
Glen lives in Calgary. He has two wonderful children, and has two dogs. He enjoys hiking, photography, cycling, and other outdoor pursuits.
Susan Slade was elected as a vice-president at AUPE’s 2012 Convention. After many years as an activist, Susan brings to the position many years of experience and knowledge of the workings of the union.
When elected, Susan was the chair of Local 041. She has been actively involved in AUPE since 1999, when the Canadian Health Care Guild merged with AUPE. Susan has held positions as picket captain, chapter chair, PE representative, and bargaining committee member, and has sat on both the Pay and Social Equity and Women’s committees. She has also attended numerous education courses as well as Labour School. Susan believes that mobilization of the members and their respective communities is the key to a successful strong union.
Susan has been an employee of Alberta Health Services since 1993, where she was employed as a Health Care Aide for 17 years and is currently employed as an LPN. In addition to working as an LPN, Susan has also had the privilege of teaching the Health Care Aide course at Bow Valley College.
Susan does not come from a union family, but her family has strong ties to community. She was brought up to believe in the importance of helping others and being a voice for those who cannot speak up for themselves.
Susan has three adult children — Olivia, Jordan, and Allyson — and a beautiful baby granddaughter Amyllia. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Karen Weiers was elected to her first term as an AUPE vice president at the 2011 Annual Convention.
Weiers has been a Unit Clerk within the Alberta Health system for 32 years, and currently works at the Peter Lougheed Centre in Calgary. She came to AUPE as a result of Bill 27 in 2003, and has been increasingly active in the union since, at the worksite, in Local 095, and at the provincial level.
Weiers has been Local 095’s Provincial Executive representative and Local Secretary, and has served on the AHS GSS bargaining committee, as well as various other Local 095 committees. She has been a chapter chair, vice chair, and secretary, and has also been involved with the Calgary Area Council in an executive capacity.
While she didn’t come from a union family, a passion for the principles of fairness, equity, and respect and a belief in the strength of solidarity has led Weiers to become further involved in the union. She also believes in the power of education and activism, and has helped organize new members, arranged letter-writing campaigns, petitions and information pickets, and oriented and mentored new Local members and newly organized worksites.
Weiers lives in Airdrie and cares for her elderly parents in addition to her union activities and work. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, as well as crafts, artwork, and playing the guitar.