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Board members: Employee Representatives


Abstinencia (Abs) Diza
Sheila Gordon
Tom Henderson
Janet Kehler
Marc Lafond
Diane Mark
Rik Panciera
Tony Sproule
Bobbi Taillefer
Sonia E. Taylor
Glenn Tomchak



Abstinencia (Abs) Diza click to open

Appointed in 2015, Abs Diza has been employed as a staff union representative for Workers United Canada Council since June 2006. She is actively involved in collective bargaining, grievance handling and guiding members with their health benefits. Mrs. Diza is also currently a vice-president of the Manitoba Federation of Labour.




Sheila Gordon click to open

Appointed in 2013, Sheila Gordon has been employed with the Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union (MGEU) since 1991. As a staff representative, she worked with members to resolve issues, process grievances and negotiate collective agreements in a variety of different public sector workplaces. In 2009, she was appointed MGEU director of negotiations, responsible for negotiating the Government Employees' Master Agreement, and for supporting a team of staff representatives working with members of the Manitoba Civil Service. More recently, Ms. Gordon has assumed the position of director of negotiations, responsible for all negotiations undertaken by the union. Ms. Gordon's educational background includes a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Manitoba and a Master of Social Work degree from Carleton University.



Tom Henderson click to open

Appointed in 2016, Tom Henderson is employed by the Manitoba Nurses Union (MNU) as a workplace safety and health officer, as well as working in labour relations, since 2002. Prior to working with the MNU, he was employed in the private sector within the aerospace industry and has held a number of leadership roles including local union president, bargaining committee chairperson, and local union discussion leader. As a labour relations officer, he deals with grievance arbitration, collective bargaining and the delivery of specific membership training needs as required. He is a certified health and safety professional and provides the MNU, and its leadership, with workplace safety and health advice and also handles files related to workplace safety and health with employers where MNU represents nurses. He sits on the Provincial Violence Prevention in Healthcare Steering Committee and co-chairs the Joint Employer/Manitoba Council of Healthcare Unions Workplace Safety and Health Committee.




Janet Kehler click to open

Appointed in 2018, Janet Kehler has both Bachelors of Arts and Social Work degrees and began her career in child protection, going on to serve as manager of Emergency Services for the Province of Manitoba. In 2006, she took on the role as staff representative with the Manitoba Government and General Employees’ Union (MGEU), where she was responsible for negotiating collective agreements, bringing grievances forward, and other member services. She went on to manage a team of staff representatives before assuming her current position as the MGEU director of member services. As director, Ms. Kehler oversees various components of the service continuum, including several teams of staff representatives, the MGEU’s resource centre, and its legal department.




Marc Lafond click to open

Appointed in 2016, Marc Lafond has been employed as business manager and financial secretary of the International Union of Operating Engineers of Manitoba, Local 987 (IOUE) since 2011. Previous to his employment with the IUOE, he was the executive director of OETIM Inc. a crane, heavy equipment and safety training facility from 2006 - 2011, and was a Red Seal mobile crane operator for 1997 - 2006. He currently serves as a trustee on several pension and health and welfare boards and the Manitoba Apprenticeship and Certification Board. He is a graduate of the University of Manitoba Labour Studies program.




Diane Mark click to open

Appointed in 2018, Diane Mark has worked for the Manitoba Government and General Employees’ Union since 1989. In 2015 she moved into her current role as manager, member services. Her previous position held was a staff representative. Ms. Mark has been involved in servicing, facilitating, grievance handling, collective bargaining as well as participated in arbitration hearings. Ms. Mark has represented members in every sector; civil service, crown corporations, healthcare and labour relations. In addition, Ms. Mark trains and mentors staff. In 1994, Ms. Mark graduated from the University of Manitoba Labour Program.




Rik Panciera click to open

Appointed in 2011, Rik Panciera is currently employed as a national staff representative for the Canadian Union of Public Employees where he has served for the past 22 years. As a staff representative, he deals with daily grievance and labour/management issues, as well as negotiates collective agreements. Mr. Panciera also represents his peers as a regional vice-president for the Canadian Staff Union.




Tony Sproule click to open

Appointed in 2018, Tony Sproule is currently employed as an international representative with the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union (USW) since 2006. As the area supervisor of staff representatives, he deals primarily with grievance arbitration matters, collective bargaining, organizing, member education and facilitating of the USW constitution within the Province of Manitoba.




Bobbi Taillefer click to open

Appointed in 2014, Bobbi Taillefer is the general secretary of the Manitoba Teachers' Society (MTS). Prior to assuming that role, she held positions of assistant general secretary, staff labour representative and bargainer for teachers across the province. Prior to joining MTS, Ms. Taillefer was a high school teacher and principal in Winnipeg. Her educational background includes a Masters in Educational Administration and, undergraduate degrees and certificates in human resources, economics, political sciences and law. Ms. Taillefer is bilingual in French and English.




Sonia E. Taylor click to open

Appointed in 2005, Sonia Taylor has been employed since 1991 as a union representative with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local No. 832. She is actively involved in grievance handling, negotiations, arbitrations and organizing.




Glenn Tomchak click to open

Appointed in 2015, Glenn Tomchak has held positions in International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Local 1953 executive since 1984; including six years as chief steward and 19 years as president, dealing with grievance arbitration matters, collective bargaining and shop issues. In March 2015, he was elected as the directing business representative for District 181. Mr. Tomchak has worked at Motor Coach Industries for over 30 years.

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