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Ron Allard

For over 12 years Ron Allard was a member of UFCW Local 832 at SYSCO Food Services in Winnipeg. Ron has been very active with the union serving for six years as a shop steward, four of those years as Chief Shop Steward. Ron was also sat on the negotiation committee during the 2002 negotiations with Sysco. In 2005 he assisted with the picket line at Gourmet Baker. Ron has been a relief rep and served as a Special Projects Union Representative (SPUR) working on organizing campaigns for the local. In 2006 Ron was hired at the local full-time as Assistant Union Representative for the retail sector assisting the representatives looking after Safeway and Westfair. In the summer of 2006 Ron was hired as a full-time union representative.

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Brenda Brown

Brenda Brown was a UFCW member working at Midwest Food Products in Carberry for 20 years. That workplace was part of the former Local 798, which merged with UFCW Local 832 in early 2003. For 12 of the 20 years Brenda worked at Midwest, she was a shop steward. She also served on the plant's health and safety committee, and for a short time was co-chair of the Local 798 executive board. Brenda works out of the UFCW office in Brandon. She is currently assigned to assist members who work at Maple Leaf Foods.

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Kim Ferris

Kim was a member of UFCW Local 832 at Integrated Messaging, Incorporated.  Kim was active as a Shop Steward in her workplace since 1999, and she has also served as Co-Chair for her workplace Health and Safety Committee, and sat on the negotiations committee.  In 2003, Kim began serving as a Special Projects Union Representative working on the Wal Mart Campaign, and has been actively working on organizing campaigns since. She has also served as a Relief Rep in various territories over the years. In early 2007, Kim was also appointed as Chair of the Human Rights Committee for the Manitoba Federation of Labour. In the summer of 2007, Kim was hired at the local full time as a Resource Centre Representative and immediately went in to doing Relief Rep work assisting members in the retail sector. In 2008, Kim was hired as a full-time Union Representative. In April of 2014 Kim was named UFCW Local 832 Director of Organizing.

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Sandy Forcier

For nearly 15 years, Sandy Forcier was a member of UFCW Local 832 at Jack Forgan Meats, J.M. Schneiders, and Maple Leaf Meats. He was very active in the union, most notably in 1997, when he served as a picket captain during an 11-week strike at Jack Forgan. More recently, Sandy assisted members as assistant chief shop steward at J.M. Schneiders and at Maple Leaf Meats after that company purchased the Schneiders' plant. Sandy was also active on union negotiating committees at both Schneiders and Maple Leaf, a joint labour committee, and job evaluation committee. Sandy first worked as a relieving union representative for UFCW Local 832 in 2003, serving members in the garment, retail, service and industrial sectors. He became a full-time representative in March, 2004.

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Roberta Hoogervorst

Roberta Hoogervorst joined the staff of UFCW Local 832 in January of 2013. Before that she worked at Sobeys IGA for 20 years as well as did relief work for the local as needed. Being a union member while working at IGA, and at Westfair prior to that, gives Roberta the experience of relating to the needs of the membership. She was not only a member, she was also a union activist and served as a shop steward and sat on the negotiating and health and safety committees. Roberta is looking forward to continuing to assist the members of Local 832 in her new position of union representative.

Roberta attended the University of Manitoba and studied fine arts. She is a freelance artist and finds it very relaxing.

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Mike Howden

Since 1992 Mike has been a member of Local 832 at Sysco Food Services in Winnipeg. He has been active with the local attending shop steward training and was elected by the members of Sysco as chief steward in 2005.  As chief shop steward Mike was part of the bargaining committee for UFCW in 2008. In 2006, Mike assisted the organizing department working on several campaigns and helping unorganized members join the local. Over the years, Mike has been a relief representative for the local addressing members’ concerns for many of the sectors in the local. In 2011, Mike was hired as a full-time union representative.

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Wendy Lundy

Wendy Lundy joined the staff of UFCW local 832 in the fall of 2006. Before that she was the assistant chief steward at the McCain’s plant in Carberry where she worked as a quality assurance operator for over 20 years. Wendy has done relief rep work in the Brandon office in the past. She also served on the union negotiating team and has been a member of local 832 executive board for over four years.

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Michelle McHale

Michelle is very excited to be working with UFCW 832 and is looking forward to connecting with members and hearing about people’s experiences and challenges. Michelle has worked in public health and mental health in rural Manitoba for the last 12 years and sits on the MB Federation of Labour executive council as the Solidarity and Pride Vice-President.

As a human rights advocate both in and out of the workplace, Michelle fights against discrimination and inequity by advocating for workplaces, schools, and communities that feel safe and inclusive for those who haven’t felt safe or included. Michelle was also the lead organizer for the Steinbach Pride March for Equality and was recognized for this work in Chatelaine magazine as one of 2016’s 12 Women of the Year.

Claudia Colocho

Union Representative

Claudia's association with UFCW began in 2005, when she moved to Brandon from El Salvador to work at the Maple Leaf plant under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Prior to joining UFCW as a full-time staff, Claudia worked at the Occupational Health Centre as the project co-ordinator for the First Language Health and Safety Training for Newcomers in the Food Processing Industry, Claudia had also been doing contract work for UFCW as the Spanish interpreter at the Brandon office since 2010.

Jason Hawkins

Jason Hawkins first became a member of UFCW Local 832 as an employee at Federated Co-op. During his 17 years at Federated, he sat on the union negotiating committee and was a long-term shop steward and health and safety committee member.
In 2013, Jason started working on special projects for the local during the Vista Park Lodge strike. He then worked as a relief
union representative in the red meat, poultry and retail sectors. He found this work very rewarding and was pleased that he was assisting
union members at the various workplaces. Local 832 hired Jason as a full-time union representative in March 2014.
Jason holds a multi-engine pilot’s licence and has volunteered as a caseworker with the Winnipeg Police Victim Services.

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