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WINDSOR, ON – Vowing to continue to mentor the next generation of progressive union activists to help build a better Ontario, Peterborough’s Candace Rennick was re-elected today to a second term as Secretary-Treasurer of Ontario’s largest labour union, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario.

At its Convention in Windsor, where she was first elected in 2010, Rennick told more than 1,100 members and staff from across the province that CUPE Ontario is on solid financial footing.

We are more than ready to continue to defend quality public services in communities like Peterborough – where I grew up and still live – in an era of severe public service and funding cuts,” said Rennick.

Rennick is the first female and, at 33, the youngest person to hold CUPE Ontario’s Secretary-Treasurer position. She is also a CUPE National regional vice-president and an executive board member of the Ontario Federation of Labour.

As Secretary-Treasurer, Rennick is the senior financial officer for the largest union in the province. In addition to her duties keeping CUPE Ontario fiscally sound, Rennick, a former long-term care worker at Peterborough’s St. Joseph’s at Fleming, sees herself first and foremost as an activist.

I will be there beside CUPE members every step of the way. We will fight together to keep vital social service, education, child care and hospital programs from being cut. I began working in a nursing home as a teenager, and to this day, more and better care for long-term care residents is a priority for me,” said Rennick, who has actively campaigned for a legislated 3.5-hour care standard for LTC residents.

CUPE Ontario is the province’s largest union. It represents more than 230,000 workers in five main sectors: health care, school boards, municipalities, social services and universities.

For more information, please contact:

Stella Yeadon, CUPE Communications, 416-559-9300