John AndersonEmail John Anderson
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.
Jason AppasamyEmail Jason Appasamy
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.
Brenda BrownEmail Brenda Brown
Dustin Rogers is supporting Brenda Brown’s members while she is on medical leave and will be monitoring her inbox and office phone number.
Brenda 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.
Geoff BergenEmail Geoff Bergen
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.
Kim FerrisEmail Kim Ferris
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.
Sandy ForcierEmail Sandy Forcier
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.
Sharon FosterEmail Sharon Foster
Sharon Foster 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.
Jason HawkinsEmail Jason Hawkins
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.
Roberta HoogervorstEmail Roberta Hoogervorst
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.
Mike HowdenEmail Mike Howden
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.
Dan LeClaireEmail Dan LeClaire
Dan LeClaire has been a member of UFCW Local 832 since June 1, 1998 when he started working at Coca-Cola Winnipeg. While at Coca-Cola, he was a committed shop steward and health and safety committee member. Dan was also active in his workplace’s negotiating committee in 2018 and 2022.
Dan supported UFCW 832 as a relief rep and got experience supporting members from each of the union’s territories before he was hired as a full-time union representative in June 2022.
Tyler LedouxEmail Tyler Ledoux
Tyler Ledoux became a UFCW Local 832 member while working as a Red Seal Electrician at Viterra. Viterra unionized in 2018 and as a result, Tyler saw firsthand the improvements that the union brought into his workplace. He was a part of the negotiating committee for both of his workplace’s contracts and was a dedicated shop steward, and a health and safety member. Tyler was passionate about representing his fellow colleagues at work and was asked to assist UFCW 832 as a relief rep beginning in 2021.
Hillary ProciwEmail Hillary Prociw
Hillary Prociw has worked at UFCW since November 2012. She started as a member of the union’s administrative staff, spending the majority of her years supporting the negotiations team. Through that position, she worked alongside many union activists and bargaining committees and developed a detailed understanding of the collective bargaining process and contracts. Hillary worked as relief representative for several months before she was hired full-time in November 2022.
Dustin RogersEmail Dustin Rogers
Dustin joined the union in 2013 when he was hired at the Safeway Fuel Station. He quickly saw a need for a lead within his small team of nine employees and stepped up to become the team coordinator and then shortly after, as a shop steward. He’s passionate about helping others and used his one-on-one time at work with co-workers to explain their contract, wages and benefits. In doing so, he supported his colleagues in becoming much more familiar with their rights while creating a better workplace. Throughout the years, Dustin was active on his workplace’s Health and Safety Committee, contributed in two rounds of bargaining, was a participant in UFCW Canada’s Youth Internship Program (YIP) and has continued his commitment to becoming an even stronger advocate by taking many courses from the UFCW 832 Training Centre. Dustin worked on-and-off as a Relief Representative with the union for before being hired as a full-time Union Representative in October 2022.
Morag StewartEmail Morag Stewart
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.