President – Cyril Wilson
As of February 2015, I was elected in as the new President of our Local due to our previous President resigning as of January 13, 2015. The election for the President position was held on March 5, 2016 and I was re-elected as President.
I have worked for The City of Calgary for over 30 years in the Waste & Recycling Services department. Over these years, I have seen a lot of changes in this department as well as many others.
I was born in Nova Scotia in 1956 and moved to NW Calgary in 1958. This is where I met my future wife in 1975 and we got married in 1979. We have four beautiful children and 10 grandchildren.
I became involved in the Union when I had asked a Job Steward a question and it was suggested that I attend a Regular Membership meeting to get more information about the Union. In 1990, I did just that and attended my first meeting that year and have been involved in the Union ever since. I have been on the Executive for 16 years now, as a Trustee, Executive Member, Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms, Vice President, and my latest position, as President.
As your President, I will ensure to do this job to the best of my ability and I will be available for all of our Members equally.
I can be reached in the office at 403-269-5333.
Cyril Wilson, President
I have worked for the City of Calgary in the Roads Department since 2009, but I have been aware of CUPE Local 37 all my life due to having a family member who works for the City of Calgary as well. I became a Job Steward in late 2012 and since then I have been elected as the Chair of the Job Steward committee. At the CUPE Alberta Convention I was also elected into the position of the Young Worker’s Vice President.
Recording Secretary – Sam Basi
I would like to thank the membership for electing me into this position. It has already been a lot of hard work, as I expected it would be, and I love every minute of it.
I have started a filing system for Occupational, Health, Safety & Environment (OHS&E), General Issues and Bargaining Proposals. It is never too early to get your thoughts and concerns into me so we can be prepared well in advance.
I look forward to working with the membership in strengthening our bargaining rights and our right to a safe and respectful workplace.
Treasurer – George Carnegie
I moved to Calgary from Toronto in 1971.
I started working for the City of Calgary in 1979, with the Electric System, now known as ENMAX. In 1995, I relocated to the Waste & Recycling Services department and am currently still there now.
I became a Job Steward after seeing the way our members at Waste & Recycling Services were being treated.
I served as Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms for a couple of terms in the early 2000’s and in March 2013, I was elected into the position of Vice-President.
I want to thank all the Brothers and Sisters who elected me into my current position and for giving me the opportunity to try and make this a better workplace. I only hope that my efforts exceed your expectations and I look forward to helping and meeting all our members in their quest in having a successful career.
Sergeant-at-Arms – Jody Sallans
I was born in Kitchener Ontario but was moved to Calgary when I was 2 and have resided in Calgary ever since. I worked seasonal with the (Old) Province in the Highways & Transportation Department for three years on a Seal Coating Crew in the summer months and was a Civilian Instructor with 604 Moose Air Cadet Squadron over the winter months in the same years.
I started with the City of Calgary in the spring of 1989; I was hired as a Driver/Labourer with the Streets Department. Now known as Roads.
I first got involved with CUPE 37 when I became a Job Steward in 1996 and have been active on the Job Stewards Committee ever since. I then joined the in house Occupational Health and Safety Committee in 2004 and have chaired the Committee for the last 5 years.
In 2006 I was accepted by the members as the Alternate for the local on the Municipal Employees Benefit Association of Calgary (MEBAC) board of directors. I agreed to a 7 to 10 year commitment. In June of 2008 I replaced our Delegate on the board where in June of 2009 I was elected to the Secretary’s position on the MEBAC Board. I am also on the Communications Committee for MEBAC and was a member of the Negotiations Committee for MEBAC when the current contract with the City was being negotiated.
In 2007 I was appointed as the City of Calgary’s Outside Worker Representative to the Alberta Municipal Health and Safety Association (AMHSA) by our President Kevin Galley.
In 2008 I was elected to the Executive-at-Large Position by the members of CUPE Local 37 and in 2015 I have been elected into the Sergeant-at-Arms position. I have proudly enjoyed serving the members of 37 for the past years and I hope to continue to serve the members in this position in the future as well.
Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms – Scott Cush
I started with sewers in 2001, moved through the department and have been in a backhoe on a construction crew for the past few years. I have been active in my union since 2005 and have moved into roles with CUPE Alberta, and CUPE National.
If you are interested, I have started a blog (http://cupe37.blogspot.com). I hope that information will trickle through the blog and you can rely on it for information, recommendations for union meetings, and events that will or have happened in my presence. If you have a question, please contact me. I am not perfect, but I believe that having your union work for you is a must. Make me work for you!
Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms – Laura Petrella
Ten years ago I moved here from Ontario and almost immediately started with the City of Calgary. Since 2004 I have called the Calgary Zoo home and am proud to be part of the Local 37 family there as a Zookeeper. I have quickly come to realize that working day and day out with a variety of dynamic, formidable and sometimes stubborn animals has in a way been great preparation for union life!
In 2014 I was elected as an Executive-at-Large and I had also joined the Social and OHS&E Committees and have been appointed as Recording Secretary for the Job Stewards Committee. I hope that my learning experiences over the next few years will continue to foster a sense of activism for the labour movement in Canada and a dedication to this Union. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Executive-at-Large – Dave Knudsen
I started with the City of Calgary in 2005 in the Waste & Recycling Services department and became a Job Steward in 2010.
I am a well-known political activist, who is willing to go the distance to advocate for your rights. University educated.
I am presently an Executive-at-Large and I have been a Job Steward for six years now. I am here for you to bridge the gap between Management and Employees. I’m working towards a fair workplace and I want to help and guide my fellow CUPE Local 37 Members.