About us

Executive Board

Executive Board as of May 1, 2024

President
Randy Kootte
president@cupe561.ca

Vice President
Mike Myers

Treasurer
Darin Nielsen
treasurer@cupe561.ca

Recording Secretary
Jill Allen

Executive Shop Steward
Jeb Perry

Member at Large

  • Karin Leathwood - School District #43 (Coquitlam)
  • Shamus Halvorsen - School District #43 (Coquitlam)
  • Donna MacMurchy - Coquitlam Public Library
  • Carol Archibald - Transdev

Sergeant-At-Arms

Trustees

  • Jennifer Corbett (April 2025)
  • Delilah Burry (April 2026)
  • Rebecca Campesato (April 2027)

 

 

Committees

CUPE 561

Grievance

  • Karin Leathwood
  • Jill Allen
  • Lisa Gregory
  • Debbie Monkman

Bylaws

  • Jill Allen
  • Lisa Gregory
  • Darin Nielsen
  • Jeb Perry
  • Melani Williams

Social & Picnic

  • Debby Cowan
  • Lisa Gregory
  • Jill Allen
  • Karin Leathwood

 

School District Committees:

Negotiations

  • Debby Cowan
  • Jill Allen
  • Lisa Gregory
  • Debbie Monkman

Health and Safety

  • Irene Schoemaker
  • Mike Myers
  • Jeb Perry
  • TBD

DTA (Duty To Accommodate)

  • Shamus Halvorsen
  • Ari Silver
  • Jeb Perry
  • Lisa Gregory

Seniority Appeals

  • Randy Kootte
  • TBD

Benefits

  • Irene Schoemaker

Tech Change

  • Wendy Meston

Paid Ed/Job Related

  • Randy Kootte
  • Carla Nielsen

EAP (Employee Assistance Program)

  • TBD

Contracting Out

  • Debby Cowan
  • Lisa Gregory
  • Jeb Perry
  • TBD

Joint Job Evaluation

  • Irene Schoemaker
  • Shamus Halvorsen
  • Jill Allen

Pension

  • Irene Schoemaker

JEIS (Joint Early Intervention Services)

  • Irene Schoemaker
  • TBD
  • TBD

Metro Council

  • Donna MacMurchy
  • Jane Gibbons
  • Debbie Monkman
  • TBD
  • TBD

Fraser Valley District Council

  • Elizabeth Roux

New West District Labour Council

  • TBD
  • TBD
  • TBD
  • TBD

Political Action

  • Donna MacMurchy
  • TBD
  • TBD
  • TBD
  • TBD

 

What we do

Cupe 561 represents members from the following bargaining units:  Children’s House Montessori Preschool, Coquitlam Public Library, TransDev, and School District 43 (Coquitlam).

Our local supports over 1900 members encompassing work sites from Hope to Burnaby.

 

Equality statement

Union solidarity is based on the principle that union members are equal and deserve mutual respect at all levels. Any behaviour that creates conflict prevents us from working together to strengthen our union.

As unionists, mutual respect, cooperation and understanding are our goals. We should neither condone nor tolerate behaviour that undermines the dignity or self-esteem of any individual or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.

Discriminatory speech or conduct which is racist, sexist, transphobic or homophobic hurts and thereby divides us. So too, does discrimination on the basis of ability, age, class, religion, language and ethnic origin.

Sometimes discrimination takes the form of harassment. Harassment means using real or perceived power to abuse, devalue or humiliate. Harassment should not be treated as a joke. The uneasiness and resentment that it creates are not feelings that help us grow as a union.

Discrimination and harassment focus on characteristics that make us different; and they reduce our capacity to work together on shared concerns such as decent wages, safe working conditions, and justice in the workplace, society and in our union.

CUPE’s policies and practices must reflect our commitment to equality. Members, staff and elected officers must be mindful that all persons deserve dignity, equality and respect.