Prairie Region Convention Report


During the 5th Prairie Region Triennial Convention in Winnipeg, Manitoba from June 10-12, delegates re-elected Sister Robyn Benson as Regional Executive Vice-President. Sister Benson has held this position since 2000.

Prior to serving as REVP, Sister Benson worked for 20 years with the Winnipeg Taxation Centre of Canada Revenue Agency. Her union involvement dates back to the 1980 strike by the Clerical and Regulatory (CR) bargaining unit when she was a term employee. She has held a variety of union positions including Regional Vice-President in the Union of Taxation Employees (UTE).

Delegates also re-elected Sister Marianne Hladun to the position of Alternate REVP. Sister Hladun has been with the Prairie Region Council since it’s inception, first in the role of Geographic Rep for North Saskatchewan, then as Alternate REVP since 2008.

Delegates adopted many resolutions including one to establish a National Bullying Awareness Campaign, and developing strategies to empower and train PSAC locals and their members to deal effectively with individual and institutional workplace bullying.

Also elected at Convention were the various representatives on the Prairie Region Council (PRC). The Area Council Reps were elected at their respective Area Council meetings prior to Convention.

The elected PRC Reps and their alternates are as follows:

Council PositionRepresentativeAlternate
REVPRobyn Benson 
Alternate REVPMarianne Hladun 
Racially Visible RepImy BhattyVimbai Dune
Southern SK RepJennifer BoreanSteven Van Opstal
Young Workers RepAmanda-Rose BourgetDavid Fandrich
Regina AC RepShaun BrennandSatinder Bains
PWD RepDave BurchellDeb Sutton
Northern AB RepJerad CooperJo Chelick
Aboriginal Peoples RepAlex GeorgeGary Sparvier
Calgary AC RepAlec Goertzen 
Prince Albert AC RepTim HoganDenni Nelson
GLBT RepTimothy HuntGarth Caron
RWC RepNancy JohnsonKaron Sackney
NW MB RepGlen JohnstonJeff Fisher
SE MB RepGloria KellyClint Wirth
Seperate Employer RepChad KemeryClint Wirth
Southern AB RepKevin KingDavid Fandrich
Edmonton AC RepNina KiviluomaDave Burchell
DCL RepFran MohrPetrina Runns
Northern SK RepDenni NelsonLarry Schlosser
Saskatoon AC RepJackie NettletonNancy Johnson
Westman AC RepSusan Norman 
Lethbridge AC RepDavid PearsonGreg Krokrosh
Winnipeg AC RepMatt Tijani