2016 Candidates for Election
Candidates for MGEU President
Michelle Gawronsky - Candidate for President
Hello my friends and fellow members!
You know me as a long-time activist. I’ve been a Steward, Table Officer, Bargaining Committee Chairperson; the Chair of four Standing Committees, a Board Member, Provincial Officer and, for the last four years, your devoted and tireless President.
We have accomplished so much together over the past four years! We have made enormous strides in strengthening our organization by establishing a governance model and a strategic plan; by restructuring staff to ensure a more accountable, responsive, member focused union. Through our work together, we have negotiated wage increases and employment security; we have campaigned boldly for public services; and successfully lobbied for WCB coverage for PTSD, to name just a few examples. We are truly a force to be reckoned with!
I have had the privilege of meeting with so many of you face to face throughout the province. I have attended local meetings, bargaining sessions, information pickets and strike votes. I have toured workplaces and attended community and labour-sponsored events. I am so proud to be your President, your friend and your advocate! My door has always been open and always will be!
I know the value of trust, respect and honesty. I have the knowledge, experience and commitment to move us forward, to continue to build on our strengths and solidarity to ensure that we are prepared for the coming challenges that face us.
I couldn’t be more humbled or proud to ask you to re-elect me as your President at our convention in October!
Please visit my website at michellegawronsky.ca
Melissa Dvorak - Candidate for President
I’m Melissa Dvorak, the 4th Vice President of the MGEU. I’m a mother of a fabulous 17 year old daughter and a proud member of the MGEU. I seek your support for the position of president of Manitoba’s greatest and most respected union.
The MGEU is the largest union in Manitoba. We have stewards and activists from every corner of the province who have put their name forward and have volunteered their time to look out for one another and to fight for and protect what we, as members have - whether it is good jobs, fair wages, or equity in the workplace.
It’s now time to take this to the next level. Status quo is no longer an option. It’s time to be ready for whatever comes our way. It’s time to mobilize our members, train our activists and be proactive. We don’t know what our members will be facing in the future, but whatever that is, we will be prepared and we will work together as a single voice for the good of all of our members.
I am ready to lead this union. It is time to be bold. It is time to be united. It is about our members, our jobs, our communities.
I am a proven leader with strong conciliation and communication skills; a strategic thinker; passionate, fair and tough; I have experience as an activist on local, provincial and national levels.
Let’s keep this conversation going.
Michael Hameluck - Candidate for President
I have been a MGEU member in good standing for the past 30 years. I have held several elected positions as a Steward, Local President, and Corrections Component Director and Board Member over the years. I also demonstrated strong leadership skills as a player representative in the Canadian Football League for 10 years.
Through my position as a Correctional Officer and then as an Environmental Liability Tech Officer with the Government of Manitoba, Department of Finance, Accommodation Services Division, I have had the privilege of meeting many MGEU members across the province.
The one thing that is constant in talking with the MGEU Members is that it seems we have lost our Heart.
It’s Time for New Leadership, It’s Time for a New Direction, It’s Time to get our Heart Back.
The MGEU needs a strong new leader today and moving forward. A Leader who will not rule by fear and favour, but with heart and compassion for all members. We need a strong leader who will work collectively with all members, elected officers, committee members and staff, so that they can bring forward the concerns facing the membership.
We need a person who will not micro manage, but will help guide our members, elected officers and staff to do their work and bring out the best of their abilities.
I believe I am that person. I have a proven track record of being a good leader.
I have good communication skills and am very good at conflict resolution and crisis intervention situations and dealing with many tough issues bringing people together.
But most of all, I have HEART.
The time for positive change is now!
Let’s put the HEART back into the MGEU.
Let’s all work together for a better tomorrow.
Candidates for 1st Vice-President
Wayne Chacun - Candidate for 1st Vice-President
It has been an honour to serve as provincial 1st vice president since the 2014 MGEU convention. As we approach the 2016 convention, I am seeking re-election and asking for your continued support.
During the past term I have chaired the Constitution and Bylaws Committee and the Civil Service Bargaining Committee, served on the MFL Executive, the NUPGE Executive and Joint Council and contributed to my own local and component. As well, I facilitated the development of a revised Article 9 of the Constitution with the MGEU Board of Directors and participated in the delivery and implementation of MGEU campaigns such as the Civil Service Fair Deal Tour.
Prior to 2014, my union involvement included over 4 years on the board of directors, chairing and sitting on multiple standing committees, facilitating MGEU educational courses, serving on the technical professional bargaining committee and being involved in intermingling campaigns.
There have been times that the MGEU has seemed divided and unfocussed. 2 years ago I promised to work with whoever was elected as fellow provincial officers and elected to the board of directors. I have been able to keep that promise and I pledge to continue to do that in the next term. We must remember that we, the MGEU members, share the same goals – productive jobs, healthy communities, and safe workplaces. Even when we disagree on something, we must always remember what unites us.
MGEU needs strong leaders as we face new and ongoing challenges in our workplaces, communities and province. The recent change in government means a different environment that the MGEU leadership needs to be ready to deal with. I’m ready to meet these challenges head on, alongside each and every one of you.
Together we can accomplish our goals.
Candidates for 2nd Vice-President
Stephen Roznowsky - Candidate for 2nd Vice-President
Hello sisters and brothers my name is Stephen Roznowsky, I am your second vice president.
I humbly ask for your support to continue my work to ensure that our union remains the strongest and the most relevant to our membership.
My life has been being an activist in our union and I want to continue to provide the organizational knowledge and experience that ensures the stability of our Union in the changing times in Manitoba.
My vision of our union is to be strong, relevant and sensitive to our membership needs by negotiating good collective agreements in a timely fashion and to provide the services in the field such as the grievance process. By insuring we have the resources for the membership of this union our activists can become more effective in their own workplace. I have ensured during my tenure to allocate resources in a most efficient manner in that our union did not have a dues increase in almost a decade. I support many initiatives by my volunteering to make our communities safer and vibrant such as Operation Red Nose and the RIDE program.
With my experience and knowledge of our union I will continue to provide stability and strength to make the Manitoba Government and General Employees’ Union the best in Manitoba and in Canada.
Gerry LaBelle - Candidate for 2nd Vice-President
Hello, I’m Gerry LaBelle from Laurier, Area 2. I work for Manitoba Infrastructure, Engineering & Operations, as Regional Financial Clerk. I actively support MGEU members as Area 2 Director, Risk & Strategy representative, and Grievance & Appeals representative. I’ve completed the NUPGE Leadership Development Program in 2014. Also, I’ve been elected by my peers to the Manitoba Federation of Labour Executive as Dauphin Area Vice-President. I actively participate in campaigns, rallies, and events supporting the values of the labour movement advocating for social justice. I’ve earned the trust of my sisters and brothers in the past 10 years of service due to my straight forward style, enthusiasm, passion, and determination for upholding the highest level of service for our members. I’ll deliver clear, accurate and detailed financial reports with all decisions being made by committee, respecting voice and vote from all members. I strongly believe in a united leadership, a clear strategic vision, and a dedicated commitment to achieving that vision with measurable benchmarks along the way. I’m asking for your vote in reinforcing the true values of the MGEU, completely supporting our financial policies and guidelines, the Humanitarian Fund and the public relations portfolio.
I’ll work collectively with all members, elected leaders, and staff to achieve our strategic goals, our vision for the future of a campaign ready MGEU. I’m dedicated and determined to succeed in serving as your 2nd Vice-President. Please contact me at email@example.com with questions or comments. Thank you.
Douglas Troke - Candidate for 2nd Vice-President
Hello my fellow MGEU members, my name is Douglas Troke and I am a candidate for the position of second vice-president.
I am a professional accountant (CPA, CGA) for 10+ years and employed by the Province of Manitoba Taxation Division as an auditor.
My union activities include being president of Local 030 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 rolls include being an Elected Employee Representative and the Chairperson of the Finance and Audit Committee for the Civil Service Superannuation Board. As well I am a long term Board member and Finance Chairperson for Prairie Partners Inc., a non -profit community services agency which provides supports to individuals living with intellectual challenges.
I believe that what makes the MGEU strong is the diverse backgrounds and the wealth of experience that our members have. Also, the education of our members is key to our ongoing success. As second vice president I will be a team player and provide sound financial management so that the MGEU is prepared for any challenges that we may encounter and benefit from any opportunities as they arise. I will foster new ways to engage our members that is current and relevant to the membership and continue to be a strong advocate for all members of the MGEU.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone: 204-573-2732
Candidates for 3rd Vice-President
Jackie Fitzpatrick - Candidate for 3rd Vice-President
Hello, my name is Jackie Fitzpatrick and I am from Area 8, Local 70 in Thompson, Manitoba. I am currently MGEU 3rd Vice President and have been President for my local for over 9 years. I have worked with the University College of the North (UCN) since 2000 in various capacities such as Counsellor, Academic Advisor, Institutional Researcher, Strategic Planning Facilitator and more recently Student Success Specialist. I have been a proud active member of the MGEU since my employment with UCN began, first as a Health & Safety Representative, Steward, Chief Steward, then President. I also represented my area on the Grievance and Appeals Committee prior to my election to 3rd VP. I have lived my entire life in Northern Manitoba.
I graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Social Work degree in 1993 and am currently a Registered Social Worker. I then obtained my Masters in Education, Specialization: Workplace and Adult Learning through the University of Calgary in 2008.
I am seeking re-election as 3rd Vice-President and commit to continuing my efforts working with the Education staff to improve Membership Education through transparency, integrity and accountability. Knowledge is power and effective educational offerings that are accessible to all is paramount to achieving this knowledge. My commitment will be 100% to putting members at the forefront and by doing so I will be listening to concerns with an open mind.
Please contact me with questions at email@example.com
or visit my 3rd VP Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/jfitzpatrickfor3rdvp/
Shelley Wiggins - Candidate for 3rd Vice-PresidentQuality Education begins with you and me. We need to start by reading our contracts, our MGEU Constitution and By-laws, by orientating new members, being active, attending meetings and mentoring. We need to know the history of our Union to understand why things work the way they do. We need that knowledge to avoid the pitfalls and to continue to adapt, using what works to benefit our membership. We need to be educated by attending courses, actively participating and occasionally reading a good book or two to represent our members.
My name is Shelley Wiggins and I am running to represent you as the MGEU 3rd Vice President. I am a wife, mother, educator, civil servant, activist, mentor, advocate and champion of learning. I hold both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees.
If elected, I promise to be Me: passionate and outspoken or quiet and reflective when necessary. I will uphold the values of our Union and our Membership. I will speak up and speak out on the issues affecting our Membership. I will take responsibility for my actions and fulfill my duties to the best of my ability. I will continue to mentor and be mentored. I will work with our Provincial Officers, Board of Directors, Activists, Members and Staff to advocate for the best Membership Education program possible, the education we deserve. I will continue to engage with our Membership at every opportunity.
I respectfully request that you consider electing me as your 3rd Vice President.
Candidates for 4th Vice-President
Kirk Carr - Candidate for 4th Vice-President
Hey! How’s it going? I hope you are doing good. My name is Kirk Carr and I reside in the Wheat City, Brandon, home of the WHL champions Brandon Wheat Kings. I am seeking election and in it your vote for the position of 4th vice president.
I’m currently the 2nd vice president in Brandon district Labour council, on the board for the Brandon and district worker’s advocacy center, I am the labour representative on the board for the United Way of Brandon where I also sit on the finance committee, and I sit on our young member’s committee along with that I am also the MGEU delegate for the MFL young member’s committee.
I believe in strong core labour values that start at the grass root level. It’s being a mentor to our members and co-workers not only giving them a voice but also developing their own voice and knowing behind them is over 40,000 Strong. It is also getting out to the communities in which we live in and making them a better place.
In my 10 years with MGEU I have seen many changes some good some bad. I pride my self on always being accessible, accountable and I only get tougher under pressure. I am a team player and great leader. I believe that the MGEU is Powered by its members and that there is Power in a union! Please Feel free to contact me at KirkCarr4th@gmail.com even if its just to say Hi.
Jean-Paul Lapointe - Candidate for 4th Vice-President
Brothers and sisters, my name is Jean-Paul Lapointe. I have been an MGEU member since 2001, but have lived the MGEU lifestyle since I was quite young, as my father was an MGEU activist, and staff member, now retired.
I believe in the labour movement and have been active in my local for some time. 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.
My family fully supports my decision to seek the 4th Vice-president’s position at convention 2016. I bring to this position honesty, integrity, accountability, cooperation, and an openness to work hard on behalf of all MGEU members.
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, are a few.
Please feel free to contact me through my email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to working with you, both now and in the future. In solidarity, JP Lapointe
Charlotte McWilliams - Candidate for 4th Vice-President
My name is Charlotte McWilliams; I have been a Correctional Officer and a proud MGEU member for the past 23 years. I am asking for your support as I put my name forward to serve as 4th Vice President of the MGEU.
I have been the Chief Steward of my local for the past 12 years, and participated on a number of local, provincial and national committees on behalf of MGEU members. My experiences taught me that strength comes from knowing your rights, so for the past several years, I have co-facilitated MGEU Safety & Health schools throughout the province. Currently, it has been my privilege to represent members of Area 3 on the MGEU Board of Directors. Giving voice to member issues and concerns has been an experience I take seriously.
I am committed to going the distance to learn about member issues and making myself accessible to ALL members. We’ve seen a change in government and I believe that we must build on our strengths, and prepare for the future such as working together to protect public services.
My goal is to strengthen the solidarity within our union, to make sure we stay focused on member issues.
I have demonstrated commitment and courage in advocating on behalf of members within my local and my area. I believe I now have the experience and energy to do this on behalf of all MGEU members. I would be honoured if you would support me to be your 4th Vice President.