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OPSEU Local 217 Executive as of July 1st 2012
Maureen Ellis (Treasurer), Susie-Q Tombs (Chief Steward), Barb Wilson (President), Jenn Sanderson (Vice President) and Patty Hicks (Secretary)

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Our Executive

President: Barb Wilson
Cell phone # 289-969-6809

Vice President: Jenn Sanderson
Cell phone # 289-968-6806

Chief Steward: Susie-Q Tombs
Cell phone # 289-969-6810

Secretary: Patty Hicks
Cell phone # 289-668-4194

Treasurer: Maureen Ellis

Cell phone # 905-680-1606


Unions are not insurance policies where you pay your dues and expect someone to solve your problems for you. Unions are self-help organizations where the members work together in order to solve common problems.

—from CUPE's Stewards Handbook

The Bundle of Sticks

An old man on the point of death summoned his sons around him to give them some parting advice. He ordered his servants to bring in a bundle of sticks, and said to his eldest son: “Break it.” The son strained and strained, but with all his efforts was unable to break the bundle. The other sons also tried, but none of them was successful. “Untie the sticks,” said the father, “and each of you take a stick.” When they had done so, he called out to them: “Now, break,” and each stick was easily broken. “You see my meaning,” said their father.

Union gives strength.



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