Jack Bourassa is a lifelong union activist and a dedicated family man.
He has more than 35 years of experience with unions and has brought that wealth of experience with him to the position of Regional Executive Vice-President for the North.
Jack was elected at the PSAC North 6th Regional Triennial Convention in Whitehorse, held June 6th to 8th 2014.
Jack has been an active PSAC member since 1999, and also served on the YEU Executive Committee.
His focus in the coming years is to rebuild the union's public image, which has been tarnished by the former Conservative government, recruit new allies for the PSAC, and encourage youth to get involved and make a difference in their community. These form the pillars of Jack's vision and will lead PSAC North into the future.
To allow youth to do what they do best on their own – by engaging them, empowering them, and unleashing them on the issues that truly affect them.
Every union member is a part of their community – that's why the PSAC needs to form new partnerships and alliances with all groups, inclusing First Nations, Filipino groups and grassroots movements that require our support.
To bring each of the territories together, the PSAC needs to reach out to communities both small and large and facilitate face-to-face meetings with the REVP. Jack is also pushing for a stronger emphasis on collaborating on important issues and discussing decisions with members before they happen.
Jack's door is always open - it's only by working together that change can take place.
Calendar of events
To build stronger communities and connect with members from all across the North, Jack is committed to making meaningful visits to towns, cities and hamlets all across the vast Northern expanse. Whether it's to attend as a guest speaker, simply get to know the issues that are important to members, or to attend Regional Committeees Annual General Meetings, Jack is eager to take part. If you'd like to have Jack visit your region, we've supplied a calendar of his schedule that will help inform members where the REVP will be throughout the year.
Alternate REVP North – Marie Buchanan
Marie Buchanan has a long and distinguished career as a union activist. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, she moved to Yellowknife with her spouse of 33 years, Daryl, and her four sons in 1990. Like many before her, once she discovered the many splendours of the North, she never looked back.
Marie was an active union member with the Manitoba Nurses Union and took part in two strikes during her time there. She has also served as an active Union of Northern Workers’ local executive, serving as the president of Local 11 for the Stanton Territorial Hospital.
She currently serves as the UNW’s Regional Vice President for the Somba K’e region, a position she has held since 2006. She has also been the chair of the UNW’s Occupational Health and Safety Committee for the past six years.
Marie has taken the opportunity to be involved in every PSAC union course that has been offered in the north including Leadership phase 1 and 2, UDP, Alliance Facilitator, Women at Work module and OHS advanced course.
Other roles and responsibilities:
Chair of variety of adhoc committees
Participated in bargaining with GNWT/Union collective agreement
Has been a registered nurse since 1975; went back to school in 2004 to become a nurse practitioner
Currently working full time as an NP at Frame Lake Clinic in Yellowknife and relief work in L&D at STHA
Has been a delegate to the National PSAC Convention for past five triennial conventions and sat as the UNW rep on collective bargaining and general committee
Has been a delegate to PSAC North Triennial convention since the beginning of the structure
Took training in Bargaining and OHS at Lancaster house
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