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Our executive.

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 Mitchell

Dave Mitchell

President
(416) 977-1629 ext. 223

Dave first became a Local 79 member

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Dave Mitchell
Dave Mitchell

President

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. 

(416) 977-1629 ext. 223
Jason Chan

Jason Chan

First Vice-President
(416) 977-1629 ext. 224

Jason first became a Local 79 member in 2008

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Jason Chan
Jason Chan

First Vice-President

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.

(416) 977-1629 ext. 224
Casey Barnett

Casey Barnett

Vice-President — Chief Steward
(416) 977-1629 ext. 346

Casey first became a Local 79 member in 2002

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Casey Barnett
Casey Barnett

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!”

(416) 977-1629 ext. 346
Avaline Miller

Avaline Miller

Vice-President Equity
(416) 977-1629 ext. 342

Avaline Miller first became a Local 79 member in

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Avaline Miller
Avaline Miller

Vice-President Equity

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.

(416) 977-1629 ext. 342

Sofia Reno

Recording Secretary
(416) 977-1629 ext. 245

Sofia, who hails from the City of Toronto’s Children

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Sofia Reno

Recording Secretary

Sofia, who hails from the City of Toronto’s Children Services Division, was elected once again to the position of Recording Secretary. She has been proudly serving members of Local 79 since 2001 in various roles over the years including Union Steward, Workplace Health and Safety Representative, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), Long-term Disability (LTD), and Employee Benefits portfolios. Sofia enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends.

(416) 977-1629 ext. 245
Linda Rose

Linda Rose

Membership Secretary

Linda became a member of Local 79 in 1985,

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Linda Rose
Linda Rose

Membership Secretary

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!

Maria Faria

Treasurer
(416) 977-1629 ext. 213

Maria has been an actively serving member of Local

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Maria Faria

Treasurer

Maria has been an actively serving member of Local 79 since 2013. She has been a part of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), Long-term Disability (LTD), and Employee Benefits portfolio and took part in the 2019-2020 round of bargaining where she was Deputy Chair of the Emergency Measures Committee. She believes strongly in the labour movement and the work that Local 79 does for its members.

(416) 977-1629 ext. 213

Unit Officers

Caroline Ambrose

City of Toronto Full-Time
(416) 977-1629 ext. 340
Lily Chang

Lily Chang

City of Toronto Full-Time
(416) 977-1629 ext. 225

Jason Desjardins

City of Toronto Full-Time
(416) 977-1629 ext. 336
Rob Carnell

Rob Carnell

Unit Officer, Part-Time B
(416) 977-1629 ext. 556

Linda Petrucci

City of Toronto Full-Time
(416) 977-1629 ext. 259

Eric Sin

City of Toronto Recreation Workers
(416) 977-1629 ext. 353

Florence Mwangi

City of Toronto Long-Term Care Homes Part-Time
(416) 977-1629 ext. 350
Dave Colosimo

Dave Colosimo

Toronto Community Housing Corporation
(416) 977-1629 ext. 238
Yasmin Makani

Yasmin Makani

Bridgepoint Hospital Nurses and Paramedical
(416) 977-1629 ext. 315

Jit Singh

Bridgepoint Hospital Service Units
(416) 977-1629 ext. 330

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.

Dulice Benjamin
Shannon Berseth
Carleen Blisset
Glorina Bordonaro
Lloyd Campbell

Jennifer Farrell
Anthony Fernandes
Rosemarie Harrison
Valerie Joseph
Sheila McGregor

Sonia Moodie
Garth Peters
Cheryl Robb
Betty Wu-Lawrence