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CUPE was shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Sister Beverly Smale, a national servicing representative for the Ottawa area office.

“It’s always difficult to lose a member of the family, but this is especially hard because Bev was so young,” said National President Paul Moist. Smale was 47.

“She will be remembered for her caring commitment to the locals in her charge and in particular to health care workers across Ontario,” added National Secretary-Treasurer Claude Généreux. “Our hearts go out to her family and friends.”

Smale joined CUPE in 1979 as a nurses’ aide at the Stratford General Hospital. In 1982 she was elected president of her local, CUPE 424. She also became active with the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions and served as an OCHU area vice-president.

She had been a national servicing representative since 1990, serving in the Kitchener and Cornwall offices as well as in the Eastern Ontario office, which later became the Ottawa area office.