Aubrey Gonsalves has been president of CUPE 2316 since 2008, representing bargaining unit workers at the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto. Aubrey received his B.A. and B.S.W from York University and began work at the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto as a Family Service Worker. Aubrey is also one of three elected representatives for the CUPE Ontario Social Service Workers’ Coordinating Committee addressing, raising, and resolving the issues, concerns and challenges faced by Children’s Aid workers and unions across the province.
Prior to working at the Children’s Aid Society, Aubrey worked with youth in several forums, from facilitating workshops at the Toronto Youth Assessment Centre in the Mimico Correctional Centre to working directly with youth gangs in North Etobicoke, with a focus on preventing violence in the community, by resolving disputes through mediation. He is a relentless and passionate advocate for working together, regardless of differences, to achieve more as a people and a society. Aubrey’s focus on this principle is what drives him to be a part of numerous committees and initiatives that fight for anti-racism and social justice. His other interests are travelling and camping and he is proud to have completed his second solo kayak trip.
Aubrey was elected Diversity Vice-President representing Black and racialized workers at the 2021 CUPE National Convention.