Provincial Officer Elections
The MGEU Board of Directors has temporarily adapted the
rules and procedures for provincial officer elections to accommodate the fact
that both the Convention and Local election meetings will be conducted
virtually. The complete 2021 election rules and procedures are listed in
Appendix 1 of the updated MGEU Policy and Procedures Manual. The modifications apply
only to the 2021 election and Convention process.
Members interested in running for a provincial officer position should obtain a candidate information package from Director of Member Services, Janet Kehler, who has been designated as the Elections Chairperson. She can also be reached through the MGEU Resource Centre.
To be on the ballot for a provincial officer position, each candidate must submit their completed nomination form and letter of intent to the Elections Chairperson by 12:00pm on October 20, 2021.
The following candidates have taken advantage of early declaration of intent to seek election of a Provincial Officer position on the MGEU's Board of Directors.
Provincial Officer Candidates
Candidates for President:
Hi I’m Dylan Almdal and I’m seeking your vote for the position of President. I have been a strong union activist for over 25 years. Starting my activism in the summer of 1995 as a Teamster in Oakville, Ontario. During my time as a Teamster, I helped to protect worker rights as a Committee Man.
In the spring of 2010, I moved to Manitoba with my family to start a career as a Correctional Officer. Shortly thereafter I became active in the MGEU as a part-time committee member. In October of 2012 I became Vice-President of Corrections Component in Area 7. Followed two years later being elected as the Chief Steward and then President of the local in 2016. Since then, I have had the honour of representing Correctional Officers as the Component Director.
I believe that unity is our strength and through this strength we will bring a voice that is loud and clear to this government. I believe the MGEU must return to its grass roots, and empower local leadership to make more informed decisions on behalf of its members. I believe in a union that will fight for strong contractual advancements. As well as improvements in working conditions, mental health and fighting for a workplace that is free from harassment. I believe that this union, our union can be all this and much more.
Thank you for reading and please consider me to represent you over the next few years.
In solidarity, Dylan
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 our labour movement for more than 30 years. I have held numerous elected positions within my Local, have Chaired 5 Committees and I've sat on our Board of Directors as a Component Director, as 4th and 1st Vice President. It is serving as your President these last nine years that has strengthened my knowledge, my experience and my leadership.
I’m so very proud of the work we’ve continued to do together! We’ve negotiated strong contracts, we’ve campaigned on behalf of members, and we’ve been a driving force behind ground-breaking legislative changes in areas like domestic violence and PTSD.
We have faced 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 face those challenges head on, we fight smart… in Court and win.
But the fight’s not over and we need to stand united now more than ever!
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 continue to tackle them head on, once again!
I ask for your continued support in October to carry on the important work we do!!
Please find me on Facebook.
Hello fellow MGEU Members, I’m Kyle Ross and I’m honoured to let my name stand for election as your President.
Under my leadership and along with your support, I pledge to empower and engage locals to flourish within the MGEU. We have more than 30,000 members and when standing united with a common purpose we can affect change on provincial policies that affect us. Member engagement must be a priority and with a lifetime of union activism and my work background, I am the candidate that will be able accomplish these important goals.
With the recent membership losses in healthcare and the civil service, we must acknowledge the current leadership’s inability to campaign and protect the interests of the MGEU and its members. The lack of accountability and member engagement during these campaigns ultimately weakened the MGEU. My willingness to learn from the previous campaigns and find our missed steps will help secure a prosperous future for the MGEU.
We must embrace technology that helps us serve and engage our members’ needs. As chair of the Tech Change Committee, I championed a survey that enabled us to have a better understanding of our members' ability to engage with the MGEU. Through my leadership, the MGEU has started developing the knowledge it needs to meet the changing needs of our membership.
Please look up MyMGEU in the Google PlayStore. I created this Android App in my spare time to help MGEU members.
For more info voteKyleRoss.com, Email: kyle@voteKyleRoss.com or Phone/Text @ 204-371-6949
In Solidarity, Kyle Ross
Candidates for 1st Vice-President:
My name is Scott Cloney and I would like to ask for your support for the position of 1st Vice-President of the MGEU. I have been an activist in the MGEU for over 10 years with positions including chief steward, supportive employment liaisons, health and safety representative and was honored to serve as your MGEU 4th Vice President from 2012-2016. I have chaired the MGEU Young Members and Health, Safety and Environment Committees, as well as sitting on numerous local and provincial labour management committees. I have also been lucky enough to serve you as an MGEU Staff Representative from 2016-2019.
These are difficult and challenging times for labour in Manitoba .The unrelenting attacks of an austerity obsessed government have left our Union, and the labour movement in Manitoba, fractured and damaged. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
We have faced these challenges before and we can do it again. But we cannot continue the path we are on. I believe that if we all work together and use the strategies that have worked for us in the past, combined with the ideas and energy of a new generation of labour leaders, we can weather this storm and fight back against the forces that align against the workers of Manitoba.
We CAN win this fight. We only have to decide to act.
Please feel free to reach out to me at email@example.com or add me on Facebook. Thank you for your time and Solidarity forever!
My name is Charlotte McWilliams. I’ve had the privilege of being your 1st Vice President since 2018, your 4th VP and Area 3 Director prior to that. I’m asking for your support as I put my name forward to be re-elected.
I’m a proud member of the MGEU for the past 27 years with a track record of commitment to MGEU members and the labour movement. I’ve been the chairperson of our Constitution and By Laws Committee, Safety, Health & Environment Committee, and the Civil Service Bargaining Committee. I’ve also facilitated many MGEU educational sessions across the province. I’ve had the opportunity of representing the MGEU at a provincial and national level, as well.
I am committed to working together with members. I firmly believe that leadership is more about listening than talking, and that strong leaders empower those that they work with. I know my role as a provincial table officer is to represent ALL members, regardless of their local, and that is what I have been doing for the past 3 terms.
As your 1st Vice President, my job is to oversee the integrity of our Constitution, respecting the history we’ve established, while responding to the needs of today’s membership. This term, dealing with a global pandemic, State of Emergency, and Public Health orders, had a direct impact on our Convention and Constitution. It has been my priority to maintain the spirit and intent of our Constitution in these unprecedented times.
Facebook (Charlotte McWilliams) / firstname.lastname@example.org.
My name is William Whyte and I am running for First Vice-President of the MGEU.
I have been a proud union member for most of my adult life, having the honour of serving in a number of elected capacities and committees over the years.
In 2006, I attended the regular session of the Labour College of Canada completing the program and earning a certificate.
Currently, I serve as the Vice-President and Treasurer of the Manitoba Peace Officer Memorial Foundation, which, in conjunction with our Firefighter and Labour counterparts, completed construction on a permanent memorial to honour those people who have made the ultimate sacrifice while working or serving their communities here in Manitoba.
Our union is hurting.
We face struggles from parties who would see our union crumble and fall. We cannot let that happen. We owe it to our sisters and brothers to fight with all we have to take these challenges on and make our union whole again, to make our union strong again, to fight to make our workplaces, our communities, our families and ourselves safe and secure now and for years to come.
We need to work together, to look at ourselves and acknowledge our shortcomings, and make amends for our past mistakes.
We need to work together to build a better future.
I want to be a part of that journey and lead us towards a better tomorrow.
If you have any questions or would like more information, contact me at William.Whyte.ForFirst@shaw.ca or (204) 955-7958.
Candidates for 2nd Vice-President:
Hello my fellow MGEU members, my name is Douglas Troke and I am a seeking re-election for the position of second vice-president.
I am a professional accountant (CPA, CGA) for 14+ 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 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 second 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: email@example.com Phone: 204-573-2732
Candidates for 3rd Vice-President:
Hello, my name is Cris Quon and I have been an Area 7 MGEU member since 1997 when I began my career with Justice. In 2008 I joined Social Sciences where my activism experience as a Steward equipped me with the confidence to take on Local President, Component Director and Bargaining Committee roles and responsibilities. Those who know me can attest that I am straight-talking, driven by defending people’s rights, and ensuring that others are treated fairly.
We are not born with knowledge of labour movement and social change. Our public school systems provides almost none of it. While I agree with the moral claim that human rights should be guaranteed, I also know that human rights can be (and often have been) taken away by repressive legislation. Human rights exists only to the extent that they are struggled for, won and then maintained.
Unionism itself is actually a huge school, I believe that mentoring the next generation of activists is an important responsibility we all share. MGEU must educate its members about our history, battles we have won, rights we have secured, and the changes we have yet to accomplish.
I believe that MGEU needs to fight like never before to protect our members and strengthen our movement. Gaining access to wider range of learning opportunities needs to be part of this fight.
Leading by example starts with having the right knowledge. I am seeking election as 3rd Vice-President and ask for your consideration as one of your leaders. VoteQUON3rdVP@gmail.com
My name is Penny-Anne Wainwright and I’m running for the position of 3rd Vice President and am asking for your support.
As a Senior Adjustor for Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation, my job is helping the province’s farmers feed the world and in these Covid times, food is the one commodity that is non-negotiable.
I am committed to “Putting People First”, as evidenced by serving as a past member of the Women’s Standing Committee, M.F.L., and am currently serving as President of my Local, Health & Safety chair for MASC, as well as bargaining committee.
I can, and will be your voice, if you allow and believe in transparency and want to provide support to all members, while being accountable to the membership.
Thanks in advance for your consideration, please contact me with your concerns/questions.
Strength in solidarity, Penny-Anne Wainwright
My name is Shelley Wiggins, your candidate for re-election as MGEU 3rd Vice President having served as your 3rd Vice President for the past 5 years.
As an EIA Case Counsellor and MGEU member since 2006, I was elected as an activist in 2010. In a variety of roles, I have helped members in my workplace and across our province. I was first elected to the Membership Education Committee in 2010. I am passionate about education, with previous experience teaching in public and private schools. I hold both a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Bachelor of Education degree. I am an office coach trainer in my workplace, and honored to be an MGEU Facilitator since 2012, while mentoring other union members.
I am dedicated to my family, blessed to be married 19 years, with a beautiful teenage daughter who through her life challenges has taught me many things.
While being actively involved in our union, I have learned much about the human condition. I became an activist to assist people and to stand for those not strong enough to stand for themselves.
As we continue to move our Education program forward, it is important to understand how our education program benefits all our Members, not just our activists. If re-elected, I will continue to speak passionately on issues affecting our Membership and advocate for an inclusive Membership Education program.
Thank you for your consideration as you vote. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns.
Candidates for 4th Vice-President:
Hello. My name is Stephanie Swain, and I am running for the position of 4th Vice President.
I have been an MGEU member for 17 years, out of Local 178: St. Amant - Community Residence Program. I am a Direct Support Worker, working with individuals with developmental/intellectual disabilities, and am the Keyworker at the home I work in. I have been Chief Steward of Local 178 for 11 years, and was elected as President for the upcoming term. As well, I have been on the Board of Directors for the past 5 years, as Director of the Community-Based Social Services component.
Over my years as an activist, along with my Local activism and sitting on my Bargaining Committee, I have taken part in various campaigns, walked picket lines with my fellow members, taken part in community events, and participated in a number of committees and councils. I have sat on the Resolutions Committee, sat on and Chaired the Young Members Committee, currently sit on the Constitution, Bylaw, and Structure Committee, The Risk and Strategy Committee, am Chair of the Women’s Committee, and sit as a delegate to the Winnipeg Labour Council, where I also sit on their Action and Engagement Committee and act as a Trustee.
My years of union activity has shown my dedication and commitment to my fellow members and to the labour movement as a whole, and I believe that my work and experience in community-based social services would bring a new and important voice and point of view to the Provincial Table Officers that would be an asset to our union.