Terri Inouye for Transportation Shop Steward

April 22,2021

Greetings Fellow 716 Members:

It’s hard to believe it is almost May and we have made it thus far, during a pandemic school year!
My name is Terri Inouye. I proudly accepted to stand as a nominee for the CUPE 716 Transportation
Shop Steward.
I have been an Educational Assistant for 28 years in the Richmond School District. I have worked in both
Elementary and High School with a variety of students who required transportation. I do have some
great memories of union meetings from years ago when I first started. As for my union experience, well,
I have been an active participant for the last year or so. I have held following union positions: Trustee,
plus, my current position; Sergeant of Arms. I have also undertaken the communication committee role
of our local too. I continue to post on social media and 716 website, any and all relevant information for
the membership. In addition to that, I serve on two district committees: Calendar and Diversity & Racism
I have been able to participate in Human Rights Conference as well the BC Federation Labour
Conference. I have taken the CUPE Challenging Racism course, and a Territorial Acknowledgement
seminar. I also volunteered to work on the SSEAC training survey questionnaire that was sent to
members earlier this year. I was also able to stand in for other executive members in a district Healthy
and Safety meeting as well as being part of meetings with our district partners regarding district
program concerns too.
My experience as the Sergeant of Arms has enabled me to understand the importance of everyone’s
roles, not only within the union but, in dealing with management and ultimately, the membership. I’m
excited to take on this new role of Transportation Shop Steward as it will enhance my union experience
and increase the knowledge that I have gained from my previous positions.
So as your Shop Steward, I can assure you that I bring a lot the table. I know that many members have
concerns over health and safety and that will be one of the areas that will be addressed. It is also
important to me that members are heard and there is open communication at all times. I am always
available by email or phone. I want members of this unit to also know that I will advocate on their
behalf when they need their union representative in a fair, equal and just way when dealing with
management. And above all else, you have some with a good sense of humor, empathy and compassion
when you need to vent.
It would a great honor to serve as your union representative so that the transportation voices are heard
when matters arise. I look forward to meeting everyone and forging a new and relevant partnership.

In Solidarity,

Terri Inouye

Louise Henry for Clerical Shop Steward

April 21, 2021

Hello fellow CUPE 716 Members,

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I hope you are all doing well, and like me, are excited to see the light at
the end of this long pandemic tunnel.
During the Union meeting on April 14, I was nominated to run for the role
of Clerical Shop Steward, which I gladly accepted.
Some background information about me: I have been with the Richmond School District
since 2004, starting as a Noon Hour Supervisor. After three years, I moved into the role
of Educational Assistant, and in 2016 I began working in a school office in the position
of Senior Administrative Assistant. I have been in the position of Business Assistant for
the past three years. As I have held a variety of positions within the Richmond School
District, and these positions have been in both elementary and high schools, I have a
well-rounded understanding of our District’s culture.
In addition to my experience in schools, I have familiarity in Labour Relations, having
been involved in grievance procedures and developing proposals for bargaining. Due to
this, the rights of employees in the workplace are not new to me, and are something I
value deeply.
Although this would be my first opportunity to hold a Shop Steward position, I want to
convey that I understand the role of Administrative and Business Assistants across all
sites in the District and the ever-changing demands put on these positions.
Being involved in our Union at the Shop Steward level will give me the opportunity to
bring forward the concerns of Administrative staff within the District to our Union
Executive and Management. The complex responsibilities of Administrative positions
are an integral part of the organization we work for, and we need someone who will
embrace the importance of these roles. I will do my best to provide representation for all
Administrative staff in the School District, and to ensure people are working in a safe
environment – with both physical and mental health being a priority.
No matter what position you hold in the District, I really appreciate and thank you in
advance for your support of my running for the position of Clerical Shop Steward.

Louise Henry

Colleen Martins for EA Shop Steward

April 17, 2021

Dear CUPE 716 Sisters & Brothers ,

I am pleased and honored to stand for the position of EA Shop Steward.

For those who don’t know me, my name is Colleen Martins and I am one of the EA Consultants on the District Support Team.  I work in several schools, which include both elementary and secondary schools. 

I have been an EA in the district for 18+ years and have seen many changes and challenges to our job.

I have held a few positions on the CUPE 716 Union Executive such as Sergeant At Arms, Para Educator Shop Steward, EA Shop Steward, and most recently as Transportation Shop Steward, where I am proud to have been involved in opening up dialogue with members and management to help address various concerns.  I am presently representing CUPE on the Diversity and Anti-Racism Working Group, Aboriginal Equity and Inclusion Committee, Negotiating Committee for the last round of bargaining (2019), the District WVRA Committee and my site Health and safety committee  

I have been privileged to have taken CUPE courses such as Conflict Resolution, Talking to Management, Bullying and Harassment, Mental Health in the Work Place, Decolonizing Practices, Territorial Acknowledgements, and will soon be taking Challenging Racism.

I have also had the opportunity over the years to participate in District courses such as; CPI, First Aid, ABA, Deaf and Blind, Visuals, and the opportunity to collaborate with my school-based team in Great Beginnings.   

All of these courses have broadened my knowledge and have given me a more expanded information base.

 In my new Role in the District as EA Consultant I have had the opportunity to upgrade my skills in Challenging Behavior, utilizeing strategies to help EA’s from the ground up and build on ways to improve their situations together in hopes of improving their working environment. This has allowed me to take more courses around behavior, self-regulation, communication and collaboration as a team member.

In addition to being an Education Assistant I also have over twenty years as a Behavior Interventionist.  This has allowed me to grow in the area of conflict resolution and problem solving to come to a mutual ending to move forward and improve on situations.

Representing CUPE members has given me the benefit of a keen understanding and insight not just with the diversity of our local, but also the strength and resilience of our members in all areas of our local.  This has shown me that over the years, especially right now during these uncertain times of the pandemic, our members, especially the EA’s are truly on the front-line.

Why should you vote for Me?  For those of you I have represented in the past, you know that I have worked tirelessly for your rights and safety as a member of CUPE 716. Over the last few years, in my capacity as Shop Steward, I have built a respectful working relationship with Management, HR, and local administration.  As your EA Shop Steward I will continue to do so.  As an EA Consultant visiting many, many schools I have been witness to the challenges faced by hard working and dedicated EAs.  While being on the WVRA Committee I volunteered to initiate an audit for the Union to track and ensure that the necessary procedures were being met in accordance with WorkSafe Regulations.  The safety and wellbeing of EA’s in the workplace is my highest priority.

I am asking for your support for the position of EA Shop Steward in the up coming Election.  As you know, I have always been available to address your concerns, whether it is a meeting after school or late night phone call – I am there.

In Solidarity,

Colleen Martins

Preliminary Results of Election 2021 – Acclimation

April 16, 2021 – 10:20pm

The following members are recommended for acclimation, as they are the only eligible member nominated for the position specified below.   To be eligible for office, a member has to have attended at least 5/10 annual membership meetings.

As the election officer, I cannot proclaim the members acclaimed, which will be done at the Annual General Meeting in May by a customary and traditional motion by the Recording Secretary of casting “one ballot.”

Table Officers

PresidentIan HillmanAcclaimed
TreasurerIngrid TrouwAcclaimed

Shop Stewards

Para-Educators Loreen Thomson Acclaimed
Operations Brian Little Acclaimed
Information Technology Les Kozlowski Acclaimed
Maintenance Cody Rogers Acclaimed

Sgt-at-Arms & Trustees

Sgt-At-ArmsTerri InouyeAcclaimed
Trustee (3-yr term)Suzzan PoppellAcclaimed

Election Required

Shop Steward – Education AssistantsDianne RyanColleen Martins
Shop Steward – Administrative AssistantsLouise HenryEileen Lim
Shop Steward – TransportationColleen MartinsTerri Inouye

Unfortunately, two members nominated did not meet the meeting requirement eligibility: Brother Stephano Pinoni and Sister Liz Rutsch.  We thank them for their involvement and encourage them to attend meetings in the future and run again.

Respectfully submitted,


Susanne Chaffe, Election Officer

CUPE 716 Constitution

The Constitution and Bylaws Ad Hoc Committee has completed the required reviews and the amendments received 2/3 membership endorsement in October, November and December of 2019 meetings.

It was reviewed and approved by the National President’s Office in February of 2020 and the recommended amendments will be made when the next major revision is undertaken.

CUPE 716 Constitution & Bylaws to the National Constitution – FINAL 2020

Colleen Martins Candidate Profile Vote 2020

Fellow Brothers & Sisters and Friends,


I would like to take this time to thank my nominators for nominating me for Education Assistant Shop Steward.


I have had the privilege of serving on the Executive for three years now.  I have been an EA in the district since 2003.  I had wanted to be involved with the Union for a long time.  When the position of Sergeant at Arms became available I thought it was a good way to get involved and to see how the Executive worked.  Although it might not be obvious, the Sergeant at Arms position is an important one.  They are responsible for:  Guarding inner doors at meetings, tiling the doors during elections, overseeing and compiling attendance records at regular meetings, notifying the Chair of new members awaiting initiations or if we have fallen below quorum.  It also involves attending all regular membership meetings and Executive meetings and having a voice at the table.


Following Sergeant At Arms, I served as Para Educator Shop Steward and later as Education Assistant Shop Steward.  In the year that I was Education Shop Steward I met with several members during and after school to listen to their concerns.  I have dealt with conflict resolution both with members facing Human Resources as well as with their School Administration. I have worked with groups concerning their refusal of unsafe work, represented members during disciplinary meetings as well as advocated for members’ health and safety. Outside of this role I have, during my own time, also helped the Chief Shop Steward (2nd Vice President) research past files to gather information to assist with a member’s health and safety claim.  While doing this I also amalgamated and reviewed past WVRAs into a cohesive and up-to-date database.


Committees and courses that have helped me to serve the membership better are listed below.



  • Bargaining 2019
  • Communications
  • Site Health & Safety



  • Intro to Stewarding
  • Creating an Accommodating and Friendly Workplace
  • Representing Members in Front of Management
  • Creating Gender Equality
  • Growing and Mobilizing Power
  • Mental Health in the Workplace
  • Duty to Accommodate
  • Psychosocial Factors at Work
  • Human Rights
  • Handling Discipline and Discharge
  • What Stewards Need to Know About Bargaining
  • Conflict resolution


In closing I feel that I am approachable, compassionate, a team player, a good listener, empathetic, and always endeavour to get answers for our members in a timely manner.   I have the experience and look forward to another term as your Education Shop Steward.


Thank you,


Colleen Martins


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Dianne Ryan Candidate Profile Vote 2020

May 13, 2020


Hello Brothers and Sisters,

I was nominated to run for EA Shop Stewart in this election and after giving it a lot of thought I have decided to let my name stand. I have been an EA in Richmond for 20 years. My hire date is September 7, 2000. I have worked all over the district, spent a lot of time on call going everywhere (even Hamilton). I spent most of my time in Elementary School (Grauer, Byng, Gilmore) and a few years at McMath. I owe a debt of gratitude to the many EA’s I have worked with over the years who have taught me so much, mostly by example, about how to help stu- dents be the best that they can be. I have been down-sized, declared surplus, laid off, had hours cut, been spit on, yelled at, bitten, disrespected, not invited to important meetings,    asked to do the job of 3 people and all the other things that happen to EA’s. I know what it’s  like. The EA Shop Steward represents the largest group in the district and is deserving of better representation than they have been getting.

When I started to work at Byng in 2001, I was brought to the union meeting by a coworker.   She thought I should know something about it (thank you Melanie). I have always gone to meetings, sometimes more than others, when issues seemed pressing, but I found them interesting and I understood that I had my decent job with pretty good benefits because of the union (among other things). Last year, the executive was struggling for people to help and I became involved as the Sargent at Arms. I was told that my job was to buy the coffee and the donuts for the General Meetings and come to the executive meetings once a month. I was promised a voice at the table. I started to get more involved because I wanted to help. My friend and co-worker Loreen came along with me and volunteered too. We did it together.

Once I was elected, I started attending executive meetings (as well as General meetings) once a month and listening to what was happening. It was interesting. I learned a lot about the managers and the problems people were having. I was privileged to go for shop steward training the end of February and became the IT Shop Steward around the same time because it seemed that nobody wanted the job. That’s how a lot of jobs get filled in the Union unfortunately. Then March hit and all this has happened around us and to us and the plight of EA’s got real interesting. That’s when we really needed a strong EA leader to step up and help us. The concerns were many but there was no EA Shop Steward to guide us or give us information. It became clear to me then that there is more that I could do.

The Shop Steward is an important link between the union members and the Union leaders. A link that has been missing. If I am elected as your EA Shop Steward I will listen to your concerns. I will work to establish regular communication among EA’s and I will bring your concerns forward to the executive meetings and inform you of what has happened. I will be accountable to you by providing regular reports. I will represent you to the best of my ability to management. I will seek out training and workshops to become better trained to serve you better. I  have a special love/concern for Health and Safety and will be really interested in all things related to that, particularly as it concerns EA’s.


I see a vision of our Union, Cupe 716, working together with the managers and stakeholders of District 38 to make Richmond a great place to lead and learn or something like that.


Please register to vote, and vote for me on May 19. I will do my best for you.


In Solidarity,


Dianne Ryan dianneryan101@hotmail.com

Please email with any questions

thank you for your time and consideration.


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