2018 Candidates for Election
This October 18 - 20, the MGEU will hold its 65th Convention, which determines the union’s direction for the next twenty-four months. The delegate(s) elected by each Local earlier this year attend as representative(s) and will elect the union’s Provincial Officers.
Featured here are MGEU members like you, who have announced their intention to run for office and provided biographies. Please take the time to find out more about each candidate.
Provincial Officer Candidates
Candidates for President:
Hello Fellow MGEU Members,
I’m Michelle Gawronsky and I’m honoured to let my name stand for re-election as your President.
My MGEU roots run deep - I have been an activist in the labour movement for more than 30 years. I was elected a Steward and local Table Officer in my workplace in Vita, Manitoba. I’ve sat on our Board of Directors as a Component Director and as 4th and 1st Vice-President. It is serving as your President these last six years that has strengthened my skills, my experience and my leadership.
I’m so very proud of the work we’ve done together! We’ve negotiated strong contracts with employment security, we’ve campaigned tirelessly on behalf of members in every sector, and we’ve been a driving force behind ground-breaking legislative changes in areas like domestic violence and PTSD.
We now face challenges that we haven’t faced for decades, including legislation that denies workers’ rights, freezes wages, and pits union against union.
I’m proud to have been your voice as we’ve stood up to these challenges; as we’ve stood together on behalf of all MGEU members. We have stood shoulder to shoulder!
But there’s still so much more to do.
I was active in the 90s when we first faced challenges of this kind, and I believe I have the history, experience and determination to work alongside you to tackle them head on, once again!
I ask for your continued support in October to carry on the important work we’ve begun!!
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It’s been an honour to serve as Provincial 1st Vice-President since 2014. As the 2018 Convention approaches, I’m asking for your support to be your next MGEU President.
All of these experiences have led me here: running for the presidency of MGEU.
My vision for the MGEU is simple; be more responsive to our members’ and components’ needs and strengthen our union as a whole. The components need to be more involved in solutions for the issues that face them. To be stronger, we need improved succession planning so the next generation of leaders and activists is ready to take over as the baby boomers move into retirement. And let’s start showcasing the strength of the hundreds of activists we have. The public and government need to know how powerful we are when truly united.
Running to be MGEU President was never part of my plans when I became involved with our union. But during the past few years I’ve heard members saying they had concerns about our current direction and that we need to do better. I possess the leadership and team skills necessary to address these concerns and strengthen our union. Together, this will be achieved.
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Throughout my eighteen years as an activist, I’ve gained experience and knowledge through my involvement in my local, component, and area council, as a member of three standing committees (chairing two), facilitating MGEU courses, sitting at multiple bargaining tables, serving on the Board of Directors for MGEU, MFL, and NUPGE, attending Joint Council, and working on previous successful intermingling campaigns.
Candidates for 1st Vice-President:
My name is Charlotte McWilliams. I have been your 4th Vice-President for the past two years, and the Area 3 Director for the two years previous. I am asking for your support as I put my name forward to serve as 1st Vice-President of the MGEU.
As your 1st Vice-President, I will oversee the integrity of our Constitution, respecting the history we have established, while responding to the needs of today’s membership.
I know that leadership is more about listening than talking, and that strong leaders empower those that they work with. I also believe in accountability through accessibility. As an MGEU board member I have attended dozens and dozens of local meetings, this has allowed me to not only hear your concerns, but to be accountable to you for the governance of the MGEU.
The labour movement is currently facing extraordinary challenges. The MGEU has built a reputation as the voice of labour in Manitoba. I believe a strong, united union is our best defense.
Please feel free to contact me through Facebook (Charlotte McWilliams) or my personal email address at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am a Correctional Officer in Brandon and proud member of the MGEU for 25 years. I have a demonstrated track record of defending labour rights at the local level as a steward and Chief Steward; I have also been a member of, and chaired, the MGEU Safety, Health & Environment Committee, and facilitated many educational sessions across the province. I have also had the privilege of representing the MGEU at a number of national events as well.
Brothers and sisters, my name is Jean-Paul Lapointe and I am seeking your votes for the position of 1st Vice-President of our union.
I believe in the labour movement and have been active in my local for almost 20 years. There is more work to be done as we look towards the future. I am a married father of four children, and they will one day join the workforce. I want to ensure that we leave a lasting legacy, not just for my children, but for yours as well.
Throughout this year I have traveled out to meet many of you and learned much about your workplaces, your work and your challenges. Our work as activists never ends. As we have learned together, these are trying times. I look forward to speaking with you again soon and meeting at convention this year to continue our work.
Together, we will continue to work hard on behalf of and with MGEU members, and all Manitobans. There are a number of issues that we need to continue to pursue together; pay equity, gender equality, and better health and safety standards, to name a few.
Please feel free to contact me through my email at email@example.com. I look forward to working with you, both now and in the future.
Candidates for 2nd Vice-President:
Hello my fellow MGEU members, my name is Douglas Troke and I am seeking re-election for the position of 2nd Vice-President.
I am a professional accountant (CPA, CGA) for 12+ years and employed by the Province of Manitoba Taxation Division as an auditor.
My union activities include being president of Local 30 Administration, Component Chairperson (past), active member of Area 3 Council, and several terms on the MGEU Finance Committee. I have completed many of the educational courses as well as the Membership Training and Apprenticeship Program in 2014.
My other current advocate roles include being an Elected Employee Representative and the Chairperson of the Finance and Audit Committee for the Civil Service Superannuation Board and trustee on the Public Service Employees Trust (PSET). As well I served for 10 years as a Board member and Finance Chairperson for Prairie Partners Inc. — a non-profit community services agency which provides supports to individuals living with intellectual challenges.
The MGEU will face many financial challenges in the upcoming years. As 2nd Vice-President I will continue to be a team player and provide sound financial management so that the MGEU is prepared for whatever challenges arise. I will engage our members and continue to be a strong advocate for all.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 204-573-2732
Candidates for 3rd Vice-President:
It is an honour and privilege to serve as your 3rd Vice-President. In this term we accomplished many goals and identified future priorities.
I firmly believe that education starts with being actively involved in the MGEU: attending meetings, reading our contracts, being familiar with our Constitution and By-laws, and engaging and educating new members. Collectively, it is important to understand the roots of the labour movement and the hard won benefits we often take for granted. We must reach out to those who do not have the benefit of a union and remind the public that unions play a valuable role in all our lives and communities.
My name is Shelley Wiggins, a wife, mother, activist, advocate, ally and champion of learning and I am running for re-election as the MGEU 3rd Vice-President. I hold Bachelor of Arts and Education degrees.
If re-elected, I will continue to be Me: speaking up passionately on the issues affecting our membership and engaging with our Members at every opportunity. I will continue to uphold the values of our Union and our Membership, remaining responsible and accountable to all members and supporting the vision of the MGEU. I will work inclusively with our Provincial Officers, Board of Directors, Activists, Members and Staff to advocate for the best Membership Education program possible, the education we all deserve.
I thank you for your consideration as you vote for 3rd Vice-President. Please contact me at email@example.com if you have any questions or issues to discuss.
Hello, my name is Shannon Reynolds and I have been a Proud MGEU member since 2007 when I began my career as a Correctional Officer in Area 3. Since that time, I completed my degree in Sociology/Political Science, transferred to Area 4 and later to Area 7. In 2015, I accepted a position as a Probation Officer in Area 2. Vital to my professional role is the ability to understand others, social structures and the unique circumstances of individuals and groups in order to facilitate solutions and positive change.
Currently, it is my honour to serve our members as the Social Sciences Component Director on our Board of Directors. I have previously acted on behalf of our members in various capacities. My activism history includes Steward for Corrections in Area 4, a Winnipeg Labour Council Representative, a member of the Women’s Committee and the Constitution, Bylaw & Structure Committee, Vice-President and President of my Area 2 local. I have also expanded my activism to include becoming a Member Facilitator for Membership Education.
I am seeking election as 3rd Vice-President and ask for your consideration. I believe the strength of our Union resides within our membership, its’ diversity and engagement. Through diversity, new concepts and ideas are developed and, in turn, Membership Education and engagement is improved. With these principles as a guide, I commit to working with the Membership Education Staff and Committee to ensure all members have a voice and Educationals are accessible to all. Thank you.
Candidates for 4th Vice-President:
Hi, my name is Joe Dooley and I would like to be the MGEU’s next 4th Vice-President. I have been a proud activist of the MGEU for the past 12 years and I believe I’m an excellent candidate for this position. Some credentials of mine which makes me a good candidate would be my 4 years experience as the trades, operations and services component director along with 4 years on the bargaining committee to get better wages for the union members. On top of this I have recently joined the health and safety committee to achieve safer work environments. In all situations through negotiations and safety committees I have constantly put our members first. This experience along with my volunteering in MGEU functions is what makes me believe I am the best candidate for the job.
My goals if elected are to continue to ensure that all members have a safe and respectful work place through continuing to help improve the health and safety committee and to assist the component directors of the union and see how I may help with my experience as the trades, operations and services component director.
If there are any further questions, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Penny Wainwright, and I’m running for 4th Vice-President and am asking for your support.
I am a Senior Crop Adjuster for Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation, helping Manitoba’s farmers feed the world and it’s a job I love, but many Manitobans aren’t as lucky or loving their jobs right now and this concerns me greatly.
I am committed to “Putting People First” as evidence by serving as a member of the Women’s Committee, M.F.L., bargaining team and Health & Safety for M.A.S.C.
I believe I have proven I care about your interests and can and will be your voice, if given the chance.
I am transparent and agree if there is nothing to hide, nothing is hidden and will be accountable to your concerns. My goal is to provide Solidarity and to continue to provide support to Manitoba’s workers. Working together with the board, and ALL members, I have the strength and the tenacity to tackle issues BIG and small and will leave no stone unturned to achieve my goals.
Come share your ideas with me at email@example.com and let’s work together to keep M.G.E.U. strong!!!
My name is William Whyte and I am running for 4th Vice-President. I have been a union activist with the MGEU for many years, and currently am the Vice-President of the Area 7, Local 14 Corrections component.
Over the years I have held many positions, attended and facilitated many courses and graduated from the Labour College of Canada in 2006. I am a proud father, husband, correctional officer, actor and union activist. I am one of the chief architects of the combined Manitoba Firefighters, Labour, and Peace Officers Memorial being constructed for the Spring of 2019 and am one of the longest serving members of the Manitoba Correctional Services Honour Guard.
When elected, I plan on listening to what the membership has to say, and acting upon its needs. We are the largest and strongest union in this province and I will serve with both honour, duty, and commitment.
I would love to talk with you and hear your ideas on how we can move forward to a stronger, better Union. Please feel free to send me an email at William.Whyte.For4th@shaw.ca
Thank you for your dedication and commitment to the MGEU. I look forward to hearing from you.