Executive and Stewards

Your CUPE 748 Executive Team

​These are the members who work hard and volunteer their time to help your Union thrive! All contact information for the executives can be found on your CUPE board at your work site. If your location does not have the numbers posted, you can email the Secretary at cupesec748@gmail.com. Due to privacy on the internet, some executives do not wish to have their numbers and emails posted on the webpage.

Michelle Bennett
Cell: 250-505-2712

Vice President:
Anita Early

Robin Sheppard

Stacey Finley

Lead Steward:
Rena Bens

Shop Stewards:
Rena Bens
Anne Cavicchi

Area Reps:

Nelson – Kathy Centrone
Kaslo – vacant
Slocan Valley – Kelly Reeves
Crawford Bay – Shelby Sanford
Creston – Laura-lee Arsenault
Salmo – Vacant

Safety Reps: Ken Kusnir, Rena Bens

Membership Officers:

Shannon May
Colleen Kuny


Dervila O’Dowd
Mary-Lou Close

What do we do?

President – 2 year term

  • Involved with CUPE National, Local Unions and Executive Boards
  • Bargaining
  • Sub-Locals
  • Attend various meetings when needed both locally and provincially
  • Preside at all membership and executive meetings
  • Decide points of order and procedure
  • Have signing authority and be bonded
  • Oversee all other executives
  • Average over 80 hours of volunteer time per month

Vice President – 2 year term

  • Assist the President
  • Assist other executives
  • Attend various committee meetings and council meetings
  • Represent the Local when necessary, locally and provincially
  • Attend meetings

Lead Shop Steward (1 position: voted from the 10 stewards) – 1 year term

  • Assist the Shop Stewards
  • Report Grievances
  • Attend Meeting
  • Provide necessary reports

Shop Stewards (10 positions: 8 area stewards, 2 EA stewards) – 1 year term

  • Assist in the grievance process
  • Be knowledgeable of the Collective Agreement
  • Membership engagement
  • Promote your union
  • Attend select committee meetings
  • Communicate with other Executives
  • Provide written reports

​​Area Reps 6 – 1 year term

  • Represent your area
  • Attend meetings
  • Attend appointed meetings
  • Communicate with PAC in your area
  • Be a member of the By-law and Policy Committee
  • Communicate between executive board and membership
  • Ensure communication during strike/lockout
  • Present reports
  • Assist Executive when necessary
  • Communicate with other union members / promote the union
  • Sit on committees as directed by the executive
  • Forward news pertaining to the Union or SD8 news to the Secretary

Secretary – 2 year term

  • ​Minutes at executive and member meetings
  • Record and keep Correspondence
  • Website
  • Duties as needed by President and VP’s
  • By-laws
  • Bursaries – Circulation, collection and notices
  • Signing Authority

Treasurer – 1 position

Trustees – 1 positions – 3 year term

  • Audit books of Treasure
  • Make a written report of their findings and recommendations and/or concerns