Hi and thanks for reading my biography for the election of candidates to attend the 2019 CWA Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
I was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland and moved to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories (NWT), where I have been living for the past 33 years. I am a single father of one 7 year old son and 10 year old daughter whom I love to the ends of the Earth.
My career started with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation “North” (CBC North) in 1998 where I was no stranger to being a temp, casual, contract and term employee for 4 years. Finally landing a position in radio master control in late 2002 which, like a lot of positions at CBC, turned into learning a few other positions to better stabilize my employment opportunities.
It is with high regard I give back to the Canadian Media Guild (CMG). It was the CMG Yellowknife local that fought for me to get full time staff status and won. I got involved as a local treasurer for a few years and joined the National Executive Committee (NEC) as a trustee in 2010, where I have continued to serve for 9 years. Being a trustee within the CMG has enabled me to better understand the union workings and the pressures it faces. I continue to be active locally, helping others make sure they understand the collective agreement and their rights. I have been working on the indigenous languages special project as Library Coordinator for nearly 3 years. The project has been both rewarding and stressful, but I am grateful for everything the CMG and CBC has done for me. I feel it is very important to have equal representation within our union from all walks of people from across the country. This is key to the success to better understanding the needs of our union.
Attending the CWA convention in Vegas would allow me to get some more union experience, that I could give back to the CMG members.