Somalia-born Tarik Accord worked in several cleaning firms. Injured on the job at one of them, she helped form a union at Bee Clean and served as a union steward, emphasizing education of members regarding their legal rights with regards to occupational health and safety.
Edeline Agoncillo is a Filipino immigrant who worked for K-Bro for two years as a temporary foreign worker, before completing a college program that she was misinformed would lead to her receiving a Canadian work permit.
Red Seal journeyperson concrete/cement finisher, member of the LIUNA Construction and General Workers’ Union, Local 92. First woman concrete/cement finisher in the City of Calgary sidewalk division. Chair of Build Together Alberta.
Journeyperson welder; she contributed her welding skills to the festival community for many years by producing large frames for the annual Cariwest street parade.
Kathleen Andrews was the first woman bus driver with Edmonton Transit Service and later its first woman dispatcher and then woman in management.
Lisa Andrews, the daughter of the first woman bus driver with Edmonton Transit Service (ETS), also works for ETS as a transit training instructor.
Donna Antsey had a long career at the University of Alberta in cardiovascular surgery before becoming a Patient Care Coordinator.
Peggy Askin, former president of Local 203 Telecommunications Workers Union in Calgary, describes labour’s long fight against the deterioration of working conditions at Telus and the decimation of its labour force through privatization.
Joyce Avramenko describes the roles of coal miners’ wives in their communities and the extent of domestic abuse that many of these women experienced.
Lesley Baker is a Calgary recreational therapist whose activities in HSAA spanned serving on the Board, chairing the Political Action Committee, and serving as a labour strategist for the United Way.
Anne Baranyk-Broad was president of Local 120, United Garment Workers, at GWG from 1956 to 1970.
Vicky Beauchamp was a meat packager at Gainers, a union activist, and a strike leader during the Gainers Strike of 1986.
Judy Blakely has been a long-time nurse in British Columbia and Alberta as well as a municipal politician in Hinton.
Clare Botsford was a 9-year-old girl whose family was living on welfare when she happened to view police clubbing Hunger Marchers in Edmonton in December, 1932.
Wendy Brigham had a long nursing career at Rocky View General Hospital beginning in 1980, and of union activism including both local mentoring and solidarity actions with nurses at other facilities.
Lawyer Yessy Byl, who served as TFW advocate for the Alberta Federation of Labour, describes how the Temporary Foreign Worker Program exploits working people.
Marie Campbell had a long career in nursing in Saskatchewan and Edmonton , during which she participated in 5 strikes and became a Ward Rep who mentored new nurses coming into her workplace.
Kathleen Cariaga has been active in AUPE’s local at Chartwell in Edmonton where she first began work as a housekeeper who was a temporary foreign worker.
Evangeline Cayanan is an undocumented worker whose harrowing tales are an indictment of the Temporary Foreign Worker program and treatment of undocumented workers in Canada.
Jennifer Cory, an RN and new graduate, exemplified leadership early in her career, recognizing that all nurses have the responsibility to advocate for patient safety, regardless of their years of work experience.
Karen Craik is the Secretary-Treasurer of the United Nurses of Alberta, a position held since 1996. She has a long history with UNA, from their founding in 1977 to the present day, protecting nurses’ rights and our healthcare system.
Red Seal journeyperson welder; member of Ironworkers Local 720; one of the original members of Build Together Alberta.
Lisa Dubbeldam’s work in community nursing caused her to become an advocate for full assessments and adequate staffing to support the needs of her patients.
Angela Fiddler, a member of the Waterhen Cree Nation, faced racism in oilsands’ work camps and was able, as a shop steward for UFCW Local 401, to bargain for Indigenous rights to worship in the camps.
Mary Jane Fisher
When she became an LPN, former Jehovah’s Witness Mary Jane Fisher replaced her former religious activities with a struggle, as an AUPE activist, for workers’ rights to a safe workplace.
Tanya George has made community health nursing, with emphasis on the relationship between family health and the health of entire communities, the focus of her nursing career.
Vicki Gillingham is an Indigenous woman and union activist who works as a process operator at Suncor.
Dene Albertan and journeyperson with over 10 years of experience as a pipefitter-steamfitter; member of UA Local 488; recently completed her certification in Power Engineering.
Tilly Herman, a miner’s daughter in East Coulee, and a miner’s wife in Drumheller, recalls the lives of miners’ children and wives, both in terms of hardships and community entertainments.
Kate Jacobson is an internal organizer for the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) who describes her earlier oppressive working conditions in non-union jobs and her years as a social and environmental militant.
From Winnipeg with roots in the Black settler communities of Amber Valley and Maidstone. Union activist helping to lead the struggle against discrimination in wages towards Black health care aides; opposed privatization of homecare in Manitoba.
Cathy Jones was a long-time registered nurse in both Toronto and Banff when she became involved in heritage work in Canmore that included museum displays of the lives of miners, miners’ wives, and miners’ families.
Mary-Beth Laviolette is a curator, author, and former CBC journalist who research and writing have included projects involving a number of Alberta coal mining communities.
Barb LeBlanc, a Registered ICU Nurse and former Staff Nurses Association of Alberta (SNAA) president, used the Professional Responsibility process to challenge changes affecting the effectiveness of nurses in fulfilling their roles, and helped bring SNAA into UNA in 1997 to better fight for nurses and patients.
Lyla Luciano & Olivia Wilson
Olivia Wilson and Lyla Luciano are friends and both work part-time while attending university classes. They struggle to balance precarious employment, workplace safety issues, and rising tuition costs with immersion in community and family.
Born in Barbados, arrived in Calgary via Montreal. Worked as a laundry worker at the Calgary General Hospital and participated in the 1995 Laundry Workers Strike.
Worked as a laundry worker at the Calgary General Hospital; union activist who participated in the 1995 Laundry Workers Strike.
Apprentice in the Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ International Association, Local 222 and apprentice with the Heat & Frost Insulators & Allied Workers, Local 110.
Journeyperson welder, member of UA Local 488; UA Canada, national manager for youth, diversity, and Indigenous relations.
Lee McNiven is a long-time union activist who was UNA vice-president of Local 121, Colonel Belcher Hospital, in Calgary, at the time of her interview.
Clara Montgomery, who grew up on a farm in the Drumheller area, describes the coal-related work of members of farm families.
Arlene Moreside explains why the provincial UNA strike in 1988 proved a pivotal event in achieving gains in the area of occupational health and safety.
Jennifer Rading is a former postal clerk who, along with the Edmonton local of CUPW, has fought for systemic changes at Canada Post to end persistent sexism in its operations.
Linda Roberts was president of the Red Deer Regional Hospital Staff Nurses’ Association when she became a founding member of UNA in 1977.
Linda Robinson is an Indigenous polio survivor, determined to fight for improvements for Indigenous people.
As an immigrant from Mexico with a career in worker education, Susana Runge has worked in health worker education and training in Grey Nuns Hospital in Edmonton and as a cultural broker with the Multicultural Health Brokers Co-op.
Cecile Sangster-Locker is an RN and midwife who played important roles in all the nursing strikes in Alberta to date.
Jessie Saruk, grand-daughter and daughter of Ukrainian-Canadian homesteaders, became a teacher and activist in the Alberta Teachers’ Association.
Robyn Schaapman is a journeyperson electrician dedicated to involving more women in skilled trades.
Beryl L. Scott
Beryl Scott, RN, has been a lifelong advocate for equal treatment for marginalized groups within the healthcare system and society in general.
Michelle Senkow is a long-time Maternal Child Care nurse throughout Alberta who became active in UNA and serves as a mentor to other nurses.
Anna Sokolawski was, at the time of her interview, a new graduate nurse, who was discovering the impact of nursing shortages on both her own, and patient, safety.
Mary Strong is the pseudonym for an Indigenous woman, a Sixties scoop survivor, who has become a leader in her AUPE local of homecare workers.
Muriel Stanley Venne
Muriel Stanley-Venne is a lifelong fighter for human rights and justice for Indigenous people.
Aman Takhar, RN, credits the United Nurses of Alberta (UNA) union leadership and solidarity for ensuring that nurses’ voices are heard at level where policy change can be made.
Clancy Teslenko was a CUPE activist from 1980 to 1998 when she was a unit clerk at Calgary General Hospital and an active opponent of cutbacks and privatization.
Constance Thomas is a veteran nurse, midwife, and UNA activist who has experienced many instances of racism in both her work and community lives, including denials of promotions at work.
Karen Three Persons
Karen Three Persons is a veteran Indigenous nurse and UNA local president, who has managed training programmes for Elders’ care and home care.
First woman hired by the City of Edmonton in a road construction job; foreperson for the City; truck driver.
Amanda Whillans is a healthcare aide in a Cold Lake assisted living home where a bitter strike occurred in 2017.
Beth Wiwchar, a secretary for the City of Calgary and then the Bricklayers Union, became a lifelong activist for recognition and full equality for women workers.