all about  cupe 2191 

who we are

The members of CUPE Local 2191 work with Community Living to ensure individuals with developmental disabilities receive the best care possible. Day supports and residences are the two essential services CUPE Local 2191 provides. Member positions include housekeepers, handypersons, cooks, attendants, support workers, maintenance technicians, resource teachers, RLAs and early childhood consultants.

Consisting of over 1,000 members, Local 2191 is a local established under CUPE, the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

CUPE represents over 627,000 members across the country who work in health care, emergency services, education, early learning and child care, municipalities, social services, libraries, utilities, transportation, airlines and more.

executive

  • AMAR BAJWA
    President AMAR BAJWA

    416-456-9116
    president@cupe2191.ca

  • VERILINE HOWE
    Vice-President VERILINE HOWE

    647-391-2191
    vicepresident@cupe2191.ca

  • Shelly-Ann Thompson
    Recording Secretary Shelly-Ann Thompson

    recordingsec@cupe2191.ca

  • ANDREW BEECHER
    Secretary-Treasurer ANDREW BEECHER

    416-948-2190
    treasurer@cupe2191.ca

  • Juanita Forde
    Chief Steward Juanita Forde

    647-444-2194

    chiefsteward@cupe2191.ca

  • TED LYARUU
    Health & Safety Chair TED LYARUU

    647-328-2191
    healthandsafety@cupe2191.ca

  • Jaison Parayil
    Communication Chair Jaison Parayil

    416-528-0546
    communication@cupe2191.ca

  • Holly Raglin
    Injured Workers’ Chair Holly Raglin

    416-558-3292
    injuredworkers@cupe2191.ca

  • Diane Thompson-Bowen
    Membership & Location Contact Chair Diane Thompson-Bowen

    membershiplocation@cupe2191.ca

  • FREDRICA HENRY-POTTINGER
    Special Committee & Education Chair FREDRICA HENRY-POTTINGER

    education@cupe2191.ca

  • JUDY YAN
    Equity, Equality & Diversity Chair JUDY YAN

    647-385-2197
    equalityanddiversity@cupe2191.ca

  • Casey Wong
    Liaison Officer - Part-Time and Relief Casey Wong

    liaisonofficer@cupe2191.ca

regional area representatives

  • Jacinda Benjamin
    Etobicoke Region Jacinda Benjamin

    416-391-2199
    etobicokeregion@cupe2191.ca

  • Jade Koumaris
    Scarborough Region Jade Koumaris

    416-528-2506
    scarboroughregion@cupe2191.ca

  • GETAHUN ANDARGE
    Central Region GETAHUN ANDARGE

    416-558-3702
    centralregion@cupe2191.ca

  • Ziyen Birhane
    North York Region Ziyen Birhane

    416-528-0503
    northyorkregion@cupe2191.ca

CUPE National Representative

  • Sabrina Dubeau
    CUPE National Sabrina Dubeau

stewards

JOY ADAMS-KERR
ANDREW BEECHER
MARCIA CHRISTIAN
VERILINE HOWE
JADE KOUMARIS
TED LYARUU
ALANA MAHARAJ
JAISON PARAYIL
KEITH PINTO
FREDRICA POTTINGER
JUDY YAN

trustees

GETAHUN ANDARGE
HEATHER YUILL
JANICE JOHNSON

h&s reps

TED LYARUU (Co-Chair)
CAROLINA AYALA
EMILY EHRKAMP
FREDRICA HENRY-POTTINGER
HEATHER YUILL
HOLLY RAGLIN
JADE KOUMARIS
JOY ADAMS-KERR
JUANITA FORDE
JUDY YAN
VARUN RAJAN

Joint Job Evaluation Committee

AMAR BAJWA (PRESIDENT)
DIANNA CHRISTIE
JUANITA FORDE

Toronto CUPE District Council

AMAR BAJWA (PRESIDENT)
ANDREW BEECHER
JAISON PARAYIL
FREDRICA POTTINGER
JACINDA BENJAMIN

Toronto-York Region Labour Council

AMAR BAJWA (PRESIDENT)
JACINDA BENJAMIN
MERICA DRUMMOND
MARCIA CHRISTIAN
LORI SHANNON

Equity & Diversity Committee

AMAR BAJWA (PRESIDENT)
JUANITA FORDE (CHAIR)
JUDY YAN
JANICE JOHNSON
JACINDA BENJAMIN

EQUALITY STATEMENT

Union solidarity is based on the principle that union members are equal and deserve mutual respect at all levels. Any behaviour that creates conflict prevents us from working together to strengthen our union.

As unionists, mutual respect, cooperation and understanding are our goals. We should neither condone nor tolerate behaviour that undermines the dignity or self-esteem of any individual, or that which creates an intimidating or hostile environment.

Discriminatory speech or conduct which is racist, sexist, transphobic or homophobic hurts and thereby divides us. So too, does discrimination on the basis of ability, age, class, religion and ethnic origin.

Sometimes discrimination takes the form of harassment. Harassment means using real or perceived power to abuse, devalue or humiliate. Harassment should not be treated as a joke. The uneasiness and resentment that it creates are not feelings that help us grow as a union.

Discrimination and harassment focus on characteristics that make us different and work to divide us. It reduces our capacity to work together on shared concerns, such as: decent wages, safe working conditions and justice in the workplace, society and in our union.

CUPE’s policies and practices must reflect our commitment to equality. Members, staff and elected officers must be mindful that all persons deserve dignity, equality and respect.