Delegates at the 16th PSAC National Triennial Convention elected an entirely new Executive Office to oversee the union's priorities. The changes include the election of Robyn Benson, former Regional Executive Vice-President for the Prairies, as PSAC National President. She succeeds John Gordon, who retired after six years in the role and more than 30 years of union activism.
Robyn has been the Regional Executive Vice-President (REVP) for PSAC's Prairie Region since 2000. As REVP, she has been responsible for a wide range of activities in the Prairies, including the Regional Council, organizing and re-certifications, education, political and social action, women's and equity programs, Area Councils, Directly Chartered Locals and separate employers, Federations of Labour and related committees, and District Labour Councils.
Resuming those responsiblities, and stepping in as Regional Executive Vice-President for the Prairies, is Sister Marianne Hladun. Marianne has worked on the Prairie Region Council since it's inception in 2000, first as the North Saskatchewan Geographical Representative, and most recently as Alternate Regional Executive Vice-President for the Prairie Region since 2008.
Marianne’s extensive union experience includes Steward, Chief Steward, Vice-President and President of Local 40022 Agriculture Union, as well as National Human Rights Director for Agriculture Union since 1996, and Regional Vice-President of North Saskatchewan for Agriculture Union since 2011. She has worked for several federal government departments and agencies including Correctional Services of Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada and, most recently, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency as a food inspector examining feed, fertilizer, seed potatoes, grains, field crops plant products, egg shell products, and honey.