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VICTORIA On the final day of CUPE BCs 42nd convention, delegates from across the province have re-elected Barry ONeill as president and elected a new executive board to represent the unions approximately 70,000 members.

Roll up your sleeves, brothers and sistersweve got a lot of work to do, said ONeill, as he welcomed the new executive board to the convention stage.

With longstanding secretary-treasurer Colleen Jordan retiring after 14 years, general vice president Mark Hancock was elected in the position. Hancock, who comes from the municipal sector, also chairs the political action committee.

CUPE BCs executive board has four general vice presidents. Re-elected are Ken Davidson from CUPE 1004 (Vancouver civic) and Deb Taylor from CUPE 723 (Campbell River). Newly elected are Carlene Keddie from CUPE 1048 (Prince George municipal) and Bev LaPointe from CUPE 339 Nelson municipal workers that were locked out for 10 weeks last summer.

CUPE BC Regional Vice Presidents elected today are:

  • Darlene Smith, Fraser Valley
  • Susan Blair, Kootenays
  • Susan Zander, Metro Vancouver
  • Bill Pegler, Metro Vancouver
  • Michael Potts, Metro Vancouver
  • Dan Weiman, Northern Area
  • Carolae Donoghue, Okanagan
  • Doug Sprenger, Vancouver Island

(Six Alternate Regional Vice Presidents were also elected today.)

CUPE BC Diversity Vice Presidents elected today are:

  • John Thompson, Aboriginal
  • Frank Lee, Worker of Colour

(Two Alternate Diversity Vice Presidents were also elected today.)

  • One three year Trustee, Colin Pawson, was elected.

Elections take place every 3 years. ONeills leadership was uncontested. There were over 400 delegates at this years CUPE BC Convention held at the Victoria Conference Centre between April 13th and 16th, 2005.

Diane Kalen, CUPE Communications, (778) 229-0258.