Local 79 is run by its members, for its members. The Executive Committee, which makes day-to-day decisions that affect the union, is elected by the membership through a mail-in vote every three years.
Meet our current Officers.
Dave first became a Local 79 member... Read More
Dave first became a Local 79 member in 1989 when he began working in the Transportation Services Division at the City of Toronto. He has served as a Union Steward, and was elected President in 2017. Dave loves all types of sports and has taught soccer to kids for the past 15 years. He’s an avid reader and enjoys going to the movies with family and friends.
Jason first became a Local 79 member in 2008... Read More
Jason first became a Local 79 member in 2008 when he began working in the Resident Accounting Unit of the Long Term Care Homes & Services Division at the City of Toronto. In 2011, he worked in the Finance & Administration Unit of the Toronto Court Services Division and in 2014 worked on Cluster B budgets in the Financial Planning Unit of the Policy, Planning, Finance & Administration Division. Jason was elected First Vice-President in 2017 after serving several terms as a Union Steward and as Co-Chair of the Young Workers Committee. Jason holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from York University with finance specialization. He is also a big fan of Star Wars and Game of Thrones.
Casey first became a Local 79 member in 2002... Read More
Vice-President — Chief Steward
Casey first became a Local 79 member in 2002 when she began working for the City of Toronto’s Facilities Management Division. While working for the City, Casey received her Bachelor of Arts Honours from Queen’s University. She went on to complete the Aboriginal Justice Program, Native Law Program and her law degree (JD) at the University of Saskatchewan. Casey articled with RBC and is now a licensed lawyer and member of the Law Society. Her passion for the union stems from her dad, who is a longtime steward of CUPE Local 416. Casey enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially at a hockey game. “Go Leafs go!”
Avaline Miller first became a Local 79 member in... Read More
Avaline Miller first became a Local 79 member in 2001 after her position as a senior collections officer at the Metro Toronto Housing Authority (MTHA) was downloaded from the Province and became part of the Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC). At MTHA, Avaline was an active member of OPSEU 592 and helped organize TCHC members in joining CUPE Local 79. She was elected Local 79 Vice-President Equity in 2017. Avaline first became involved in Local 79 as a member of the Joint Health and Safety Committee and the Joint Health and Safety Coordinating Committee. She was on the Bargaining Committee for the first Collective Agreement signed between CUPE Local 79 and TCHC in 2004 and has been on each Bargaining Committee ever since. She is a member of the Local 79 Education Committee, Health and Safety Committee, and has also been a member of the Grievance Committee. Avaline is passionate about health & safety and advancing social justice in the workplace. She has worked to advance anti-harassment awareness in the workplace through Bill 168 provisions and has represented several members at the Human Rights Commission. Avaline is a wife, a mother and a grandmother — and says that family always comes first.
Fred first became a CUPE member in 2002... Read More
Fred first became a CUPE member in 2002 when he began working as a student cashier with the Toronto Parking Authority while studying broadcast journalism. He joined Local 79 in 2007 when he took a position in the City’s Long Term Care Division. Fred has served as a Local 79 Union Steward, Health and Safety Committee Member, Executive Board member, and Bargaining Committee member. He has also been a CUPE Ontario Young Worker Representative, Treasurer for the CUPE Toronto District Council and has represented Ontario on CUPE’s National Political Action Committee. An experienced political organizer, Fred helped coordinate the campaign to stop the sale of Toronto Hydro and has trained hundreds of activists in electoral politics. As a kid growing up downtown, Fred enjoyed playing shinny and baseball; he loves spending time with family and friends.
Linda became a member of Local 79 in 1985,... Read More
Linda became a member of Local 79 in 1985, when she began working in the City’s Long Term Care Homes and subsequently at the Facilities Management Division at the City of Toronto. Linda was first elected Membership Secretary in 2006, after serving as a Union Steward and a member of the Executive Board. She currently sits as Co-Chair of the Emergency Measures, Political Action, and Membership Services Committees. Linda is inspired by random acts of kindness. She is Local 79’s unofficial flag-bearer – so look out for her at the next rally!
Tannis first became a CUPE Local 79 member in... Read More
Tannis first became a CUPE Local 79 member in 2001 when she began working as a summer camp leader in the Parks, Forestry & Recreation Division. She went on to work in many different classifications within PF&R before taking a position in the Toronto Employment and Social Services Division as a Caseworker. In 2011, Tannis became active with the union by joining Local 79’s Part-Time Recreation Bargaining Committee. She was later elected to Local 79’s Executive Board, became a Local 79 Steward, and joined Local 79’s Young Workers, Human Rights, and Health and Safety Committees. Tannis also served as one of Local 79’s Health and Safety Coordinators for several years and sat as a CUPE Ontario Health and Safety Committee member. She is currently a member of the Ontario Municipal Employees Coordinating Committee. By accessing the many great services that Local 79 members provide while growing up in North Etobicoke, Tannis gained firsthand experience of the great work that our members do. Tannis is passionate about the environment, food & nutrition advocacy and loves watching sports.
*Tannis is currently on maternity leave. Please contact Aimee Carnell (Acting Treasurer) in her absence: 416-977-1629 ext. 229.
Van B. Nguyen
Executive Officers at Large
Local 79 also has 14 Executive Officers at Large. Like the Executive Committee, they’re elected by the entire Local 79 membership rather than specific bargaining units. Their job includes reviewing and approving recommendations from the Executive Committee as well as approving expenditures, which occurs at monthly meetings of the Executive Board. Approved recommendations and expenditures are brought forward to General Membership Meetings for approval by the membership. Executive Officers at Large also contribute significantly to Local 79’s many Standing and Special Committees.