Becoming a local union steward and bargaining committee member at the age of 19, Candace was elected the President of CUPE Local 2280 at 22, a position she held for seven years. Candace was first elected to the CUPE Ontario Executive Board in 2002, where she served four terms as a Vice President.
In 2010, Candace made history when she was elected Secretary Treasurer of CUPE Ontario, the province’s largest union, becoming the first woman and the youngest person ever elected to the position.
Candace is also a Regional Vice President on the CUPE National Executive Board, a position she has held since 2003. During her time on the CUPE National Executive Board, Candace has served on a number of national committees as well as representing CUPE internationally with the union’s global partner, the Public Service International.
As well, Candace is a Vice President on the Ontario Federation of Labour executive board and a member of the Canadian Council of the Canadian Labour Congress.