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John Anderson

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John has been a member of UFCW since 1981 when he started working at Carnation foods (now McCain foods ) in Carberry. After UFCW 832 merged with UFCW 798, John spent four years as a shop steward, and 12 more as chief steward. He has served on the UFCW 832 advisory board for 15 years, as well as being on the negotiations committee for five rounds of bargaining at McCain’s. John has retired from Prairie Mountain Health, where he was a casual / volunteer paramedic for 22 years. He is also retired from McCain foods after 40 years, where he was a wastewater treatment operator, and he continues to serve on the town council of Carberry, serving as deputy mayor. He states his main motivation for becoming a service representative is service to others.

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Jason Appasamy

Jason Appasamy

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Jason Appasamy became a UFCW Local 832 member when he started working at Life’s Journey in 2012. He quickly became involved as a shop steward and as a health and safety committee member. Jason also sat on the negotiating committee during several rounds of negotiations. In 2015, he started doing relief work and working in all territories for the Local. He was hired as a full-time union representative in April 2020.

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Brenda Brown

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Brenda Brown used to work at Carnation (now McCain Foods) in Carberry for 20 years under UFCW Local 798. For Local 798, she was a Shop Steward for 12 years and was on the health and safety committee along with co-chair of the executive board. She has been very active on several negotiating committees and passionate about helping the members. She’s always worked hard to represent members at joint labour management, job evaluations and reclassification. Brenda is well-versed in the Labour Relations Act and Employment Standards Code. She works hard to ensure members have a clear understanding of their Collective Agreements, Benefits and Workers rights. In 2003, Brenda joined the staff at UFCW Local 832 when Local 798 merged with Local 832.

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Geoff Bergen

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Geoff Bergen was hired on April 4, 2016, as full-time union representative with UFCW Local 832. Geoff’s first association with Local 832 began in 2005, as a union member working at Extra Foods. During his time at Extra Foods, Geoff was a dedicated shop steward as well as health and safety co-chair. Geoff holds an advanced degree in political studies from the University of Manitoba, where he also took numerous classes in the labour studies program. Prior to starting work with UFCW, Geoff worked at the Safe Workers of Tomorrow providing safety presentations to high school students all over the province.

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Kim Ferris

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Kim was a member of UFCW Local 832 at Integrated Messaging, Incorporated (IMI). Kim was an active shop steward at IMI since 1999. She also served as co-Chair for her workplace health and safety committee, and sat on the negotiations committee. In 2003, Kim began serving as a Special Projects Union Representative (SPUR) working on the Walmart campaign, and helped in various other organizing campaigns and also served as a relief rep for the Local in various territories. In early 2007, Kim was appointed as Chair of the Human Rights Committee for the Manitoba Federation of Labour. In the summer of 2007, Kim was hired at the Local full time as a resource centre representative. Then in 2008, Kim was hired as a full-time union representative.

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Sandy Forcier

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For nearly 15 years, Sandy Forcier was a member of UFCW Local 832 at Jack Forgan Meats, J.M. Schneiders, and Maple Leaf Meats. He was very active in the union, most notably in 1997, when he served as a picket captain during an 11-week strike at Jack Forgan. Sandy assisted members as assistant chief shop steward at J.M. Schneiders and at Maple Leaf Meats after that company purchased the Schneiders’ plant. Sandy was also active on union negotiating committees at both Schneiders and Maple Leaf, a joint labour committee, and job evaluation committee. Sandy first worked as a relieving union representative for UFCW Local 832 in 2003, serving members in the garment, retail, service and industrial sectors. He became a full-time representative in March, 2004.

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Sharon Grehan

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Sharon Grehan was hired as a relief representative in 2014. Before doing union rep work, Sharon had worked for the Local since 2000 as a support staff doing a variety of roles. Sharon has a strong understanding of collective agreements and will continue her learning working in all the territories in Winnipeg as a union representative.

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Jason Hawkins

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Jason Hawkins first became a member of UFCW Local 832 as an employee at Federated Co-op. During his 17 years at Federated, he sat on the union negotiating committee and was a long-term shop steward and health and safety committee member. In 2013, Jason started working on special projects for the Local during the Vista Park Lodge strike. He then worked as a relief union representative in the red meat, poultry and retail sectors. He found this work very rewarding and was pleased that he was assisting union members at the various workplaces. Local 832 hired Jason as a full-time union representative in March 2014. Jason holds a multi-engine pilot’s licence and has volunteered as a caseworker with the Winnipeg Police Victim Services.

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Roberta Hoogervorst

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Roberta Hoogervorst is a full time Union Representative and the Retail Coordinator for UFCW Local 832. Roberta joined the staff of UFCW Local 832 full time in January 2013. Previously Roberta worked at Sobeys IGA and Superstore before that, for a combined total of 28 years retail experience. Being a union member while working at IGA and Superstore gives Roberta the experience of relating to the needs of the membership. As a union member Roberta was actively involved with the union and served as shop steward, health and safety committee member and bargaining committee member.

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Mike Howden

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Since 1992 Mike has been a member of Local 832, when he started working at Sysco Food Services in Winnipeg. He was an active member within the union at the plant, he was elected by the members of Sysco as chief steward. As chief shop steward Mike was part of the bargaining committee for UFCW in 2008.
Before Mike joined the staff, he had assisted the organizing department working on several campaigns and helping unorganized members join the Local, he’s also been a relief representative for the Local addressing members’ questions and concerns. In 2011, Mike was hired as a full-time union representative for UFCW and has run many organizing campaigns and worked hard for his members across Manitoba.

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Curt Martel

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Curt Martel became a labour activist when he started working at SAFE Workers of Tomorrow in August of 2009 as an occupational safety presenter. Then in December 2012, he moved to Brandon and worked at the Brandon District Worker Advocacy Centre as a WCB and EI advocate. In March 2014, Curt moved back to Winnipeg and again worked for SAFE Workers of Tomorrow as a community liaison. Through these job placements, Curt has had the opportunity to meet many UFCW Local 832 union members. He has facilitated health and safety workshops and has assisted members with WCB and EI appeals. His experience is invaluable to UFCW. Curt is eager to continue helping members in his capacity of union representative. Curt graduated from the University of Manitoba with a B.A. in History in the fall of 2010.

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J.P. Petit

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J.P. Petit started working at Old Dutch Foods in October 1989. He quickly became involved in Local 832 as a shop steward and as a health and safety committee member. J.P. also sat on the union negotiating committee during several rounds of negotiations. In March 2002, J.P. joined the SPUR team for UFCW Local 832 and worked on various organizing drives throughout Manitoba. Then in February 2012, he was hired as a full-time union representative. J.P. is an avid runner, participating in several marathons as well as ultra marathons.

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Morag Stewart

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Morag has been a UFCW member since 1978 when she started working at the Superstore in Brandon. A dedicated shop steward, Morag spent a lot of her time there assisting her co-workers and ensuring the collective agreement was adhered to. Morag was also part of three negotiating committees responsible for bargaining many of the hard fought gains in the Loblaw’s agreement. Before Morag was hired as a full-time staff rep for Local 832, she was an active vice-president on the Local’s executive board for 17 years.

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