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

  • FREDRICA HENRY-POTTINGER
    Recording Secretary FREDRICA HENRY-POTTINGER

    647-391-2196
    recordingsec@cupe2191.ca

  • ANDREW BEECHER
    Secretary-Treasurer ANDREW BEECHER

    416-948-2190
    treasurer@cupe2191.ca

  • Raquel Simpson
    Chief Steward Raquel Simpson

    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

  • NICHOLAS WILLIAMS
    Membership & Location Contact Chair NICHOLAS WILLIAMS

    647-233-2197
    membershiplocation@cupe2191.ca

  • SHELLY-ANN Thompson
    Special Committee & Education Chair SHELLY-ANN Thompson

    416-558-1732
    education@cupe2191.ca

  • MARCIA CHRISTIAN
    Equity, Equality & Diversity Chair MARCIA CHRISTIAN

    647-385-2197
    equalityanddiversity@cupe2191.ca

  • Merica Drummond
    Liaison Officer - Part-Time and Relief Merica Drummond

    416-558-3103
    liaisonofficer@cupe2191.ca

regional area representatives

  • Fedelita Amor
    Etobicoke Region Fedelita Amor

    416-391-2199
    etobicokeregion@cupe2191.ca

  • JUDY YAN
    Scarborough Region JUDY YAN

    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

ANDREW BEECHER
DIANNA CHRISTIE
FREDRICA POTTINGER
JAISON PARAYIL
KEITH PINTO
NICHOLAS WILLIAMS
MERICA DRUMMOND

trustees

DANIELLE GUMBS-THOMAS
GETAHUN ANDARGE
HEATHER YUILL

h&s reps

AMAR BAJWA (PRESIDENT)
TED LYARUU (Chair)
CAROLINA AYALA
HEATHER YUILL
SUSAN KNIGHTS
FREDRICA HENRY-POTTINGER
HOLLY RAGLIN
JOY ADAM-KERR
JUANITA FORDE
SHELLY-ANN THOMPSON
SHENELLE LAYNE
VARUN RAJAN

Joint Job Evaluation Committee

AMAR BAJWA (PRESIDENT)
MARCIA CHRISTIAN
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)
MARCIA CHRISTIAN (Chair)
JOY ADAMS
JOAN WILLIAMS

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.