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Mabel Tung

Mabel Tung Treasurer, British Columbia Nurses’ Union (BCNU) (September 2003 – ?). Retired Article and photo from the BCNU website (2014) Mabel Tung has served as BCNU’s provincial treasurer since 2003. She graduated in 1977 and first became involved with BCNU during the two-week-long strike of 1989. She began volunteering on her regional executive in 1998, using her bookkeeping skills in her role as regional treasurer. Mabel is a graduate of the UBC Sauder School of Business and received her

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Lorene Oikawa

From the West Coast Environmental Law website Vice President Lorene is the President of the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC). She was the first Asian Canadian Executive Vice President for the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) and served three terms. Lorene is an activist who speaks and writes about her passions, including human rights. She is a co-editor of the book, Honouring Our People: Breaking the Silence. She is also a director on the board of the Canadian

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Fred Upshaw

Photo and article from OPSEU A legendary trade unionist has died. Fred Upshaw passed away peacefully March 1 at his home in Oshawa. He was 81. Upshaw was the first Black person to lead a major Canadian trade union, serving as President of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) from 1990 to 1995. “I had the privilege of serving on the Executive Board under Fred’s leadership and considered him a great friend,” said Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President of OPSEU.

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Sharon De Sousa

Sharon DeSousa has been the union’s National Executive Vice-President since September 2020. She was elected PSAC’s Alternate-NEVP at the 2018 National Convention.  Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Sharon came to Canada at the age of 5. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Ontario College of Arts & Design.  She became the first racialized Regional Executive Vice President (REVP) for Ontario in PSAC’s history in 2011. She was then re-elected REVP-Ontario in 2014 and 2017.    Sharon began her career

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