Kirsten Strachey was elected as the First Alternate for the Southern Alberta Geographic Rep at the PSAC Prairie Region Triennial Convention in April 2017 and has become the Southern Alberta Geographic Rep now that Kris Slattery has resigned the position.
Kirsten is a member of UTE Local 30024. She started as a shop steward, but has held the position of Second Vice-President, Red Deer with UTE Local 30024 for nearly 7 years. She has been Co-Chair of her Local Occupational Health and Safety Committee for 6 years and is a strong advocate for Health and Safety for all PSAC members. She was elected at the 2019 AFL convention as a Vice-President on the Executive Committee and is one of two PSAC members on the Executive Committee. She also serves on the AFL Childcare Subcommittee. She is a past Secretary of the Calgary Regional Women’s Committee. She is keen to work on regional and national committees to protect members and their rights.
Kirsten is passionate about members’ issues and become involved to be able to speak up for those that feel they cannot. She fights against injustice and is focused on inequalities for our equity groups, indigenous and women’s issues such as affordable childcare and equal funding for indigenous groups. She fought to have the Calgary RWC resolution on Jordan’s Principle be heard at the National Equity Conferences in 2017. The resolution went “all the way” to National Triennial.
Kirsten has been inspired by the women she has met while involved in the Union: June McDonald, Deb Kosteniuk, Robyn Benson, Brea Lewis and Marianne Hladun. Her belief that she must be as educated as possible in order to give the utmost representation to members has meant she has participated in all PSAC training courses, including Alliance Facilitation training. As an accredited Facilitator, she has facilitated courses in Calgary, Red Deer and at the National Equities Conference in 2017. She attended the AFL Winter Union School. She also ensures she is knowledgeable on the Employer’s own policies and procedures.
Kirsten would not have been able to do the work she does without the love and support of her family. She has been married for 18 years to Chuck, a provincial government employee. They have two children, both of whom are aspiring activists. Her son attended an AFL lobby day at the Edmonton legislature with her; her daughter is involved in leadership. When she is not busy with Union activities, she coaches ringette, and you can often find her at a rink, cheering on her daughter in ringette and her son in hockey.