I have worked for the City of Kamloops in many capacities for the past 15 years. I started at the City of Kamloops as a lifeguard when I was 19 years old and was able to put myself through the Digital Art and Design program at Thompson Rivers University. After graduating from University, I worked several precarious positions within the City such as; a Customer Relations Representative, Recreational Facility Attendant, a Labour in the Parks department as well as the Carpentry, Utilities, and Arena departments.
For the past five years, I have had a permanent position as a Street Marking and Sign Maintenance Technician with the City of Kamloops. Meanwhile, I have also for the past six-plus years I have had the honour of representing CUPE 900. First as the Second-Vice President and for the remainder of the time as your Secretary-Treasurer. I have served the union on several of my units committees such as; the C.O.K Grievance committee, C.O.K Bargaining committee, C.O.K Health and Safety committee, and C.O.K Job evaluation committee. Also, I was elected this year as the Second-Vice President of the Wildlife Park Society board. It often is joked that one of my favourite hobbies is going to meetings.
Denise Anderson is the CUPE 900 Recording Secretary and an active Union member. She is a current member of the Personnel and the Education Committees, as well the Chair of the Hiring Committee for the Local’s Administrative Assistant. Denise is a former CUPE 900 Trustee and member of the Local’s Bylaw Committee, as well as a former City of Kamloops Unit Job Evaluation Committee member and the Unit Recording Secretary.
Denise has been a City of Kamloops employee since 2010. As the City’s current Legislative Assistant, her duties include preparing agendas, taking and editing Council and Council Committee minutes, preparing and writing bylaws, assisting with Freedom of Information and Privacy projects, and coordinating with the public and City Council.
Denise also represents the CUPE 900 membership as a Kamloops and District Labour Council Delegate and Member at Large, and as an Okanagan Mainline District Delegate and Trustee.
Darlene has been an active unionist for over 40 years. She began her Union activities when employed at BC Tel/Telus, holding a variety of Union Executive positions within the Telecommunications Workers Union/Steelworkers. Changing careers, she started her employment at the BC Wildlife Park in 2007 and her involvement with Cupe Local 900 began. Darlene is very passionate about the working lives of members, the education of members and believes whole heartedly in inclusion and communication to all members.
Darlene is currently the Membership Officer for Local 900, a position she has held since 2016. She takes a great amount of pleasure serving in this position, as it allows her the chance to connect with members at the Locals General Meetings. Darlene has been instrumental in getting Local 900’s education committee working efficiently and currently is Education Chair for this committee. She also has the position of Education Chair for the Okanagan Mainland District Council education committee. Darlene is also involved in the Kamloops and District Labor Council, holding the executive position of Seargent at Arms, as well as sitting on numerous committees for the Labor Council.