May 30, 2016 16:06 ET

Northern Ontario now has greater representation on CUPE Ontario's top board

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 30, 2016) - Northern Ontario now holds four positions on CUPE Ontario's top decision making body after delegates to their annual convention elected three others to join Vice-President Henri Giroux on their executive board.

Henri Giroux, who works in long-term care in North Bay, was re-elected to his fourth term on the Board.

Dawn Bellerose, a developmental service worker in Sault Ste. Marie, was newly-elected in the position of Aboriginal Representative.

Darryl Taylor, a paramedic in the Sudbury area, was elected in the newly created Northern Ontario Representative position.

Candace Reath, also of North Bay, was elected as a Trustee.

"Over my last eight years on the Board, I have worked tirelessly to ensure important decisions factor in the reality of living in Northern Ontario," Henri Giroux said after the new executive was sworn in on Saturday. "I'm thrilled that we've now quadrupled our representation."

"In the face of governments that put the needs of their elite friends ahead of the needs of the people of Northern Ontario, we have an obligation to lead the charge in building a world that works for everyone," continued Henri. "With even more northern talent on our executive board I know we will succeed."

CUPE is Ontario's community union, with more than 250,000 members providing quality public services we all rely on, in every part of the province, every day. CUPE Ontario members are proud to work in social services, health care, municipalities, school boards, universities and airlines.

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