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Convention Notes - Day 2, Election Day

A summary of the second day of AUPE's 46th annual Convention

Oct 27, 2023

Guy Smith and Bobby-Joe Borodey standing on the Convention stage.

Delegates began day two of Convention by electing AUPE’s new Executive team.

Congratulations to AUPE’s newly elected Executive:


Guy Smith

Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Justin Huseby

Six Vice-Presidents

Sandra Azocar

Bobby-Joe Borodey

James Gault

Bonnie Gostola

Darren Graham

Curtis Jackson

Thanks also to the 14 other candidates that stood for election for the Executive Committee. It’s a sign that our democracy is strong and vibrant, and the delegate had a lot of different perspectives to choose from. By using the Election Buddy electronic voting platform, this was one of our most efficient elections ever. This left a lot of time for further union business, including reports from the Members’ Benefits Committee, Human Rights Committee, Occupational Health and Safety Committee, Pension Committee, and Membership Services Committee.

Delegates debated six Constitutional resolutions as well as a general resolution brought forward by the Women’s Committee. The general resolution resolves that the Women’s Committee prioritize a comprehensive plan to address domestic violence. Convention gave our guest speaker, Burt Blundon, President of the National Union of Public and General employees, a warm welcome and enthusiastically received his message of solidarity.  

We then celebrated our union’s newest life members. Life Membership is one of the highest honours AUPE can bestow in recognition of members’ activism and dedication to our union.

Congratulations to AUPE’s newest Life Members:

Deborah (Debbie) Gordon, Local 046

Elizabeth (Betty) Hansen, Local 041

Lynne Hansen, Local 056

Sandra (Sandy) Kyle, Local 046

Marcia O’Connor, Local 002

Kenneth Podulsky, Locals 005 & 012

Andrea Waywanko, Local 002

Kenneth Weir, Local 004

Myrna Wright, Locals 041& 044

See you Saturday for the final day of Convention 2023!

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