CUPE3908: Meet the CUPE 3908 members running for a position on the Executive.

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Candidates for 2018-19 Executive

Interested in running for a position in our upcoming elections? Submit your bio to, to help members make an informed decision! Note that, as per our bylaws, nominations are made on the floor of our AGM. Candidates are not required to submit a bio, and those who do submit will still need to be nominated and seconded at the meeting. Candidates will be listed on this page in alphabetical order by last name.

All positions are open.

Executive Positons 


Mitch Champagne - 

I am proud to be a Trent University Alumni, having convocated in 2004. I have been a contract faculty member with the School of Education and Trent International for over 10 years.

I am currently the President of CUPE3908 here at Trent University and have sat on this executive for more than the past 7 years. As president, I work with an outstanding team on all issues including bargaining, grievances, arbitration, bylaws, procedures, and member engagement. I have been a member on the past 2 very successful Unit 1 bargaining teams and, if re-elected, I look forward to taking the lead on the next round of bargaining beginning in the summer of 2019 where we will continue to make gains for the precarious workers in our local.

My other labour involvement includes 14 years serving as a Peterborough rep and 2 terms as a member of the executive as Peterborough Councillor for OECTA. I have attended specialized training by OECTA Provincial for 6 years and have completed Foundational Training, Bargaining Officer, Grievance Officer, and Conflict Resolution programs.

I ask that you support me as I seek re-election to continue to serve the Student Academic Workers and the Contract Faculty members of our local to the best of my ability.

General Vice President 

Phil Abbott - 

I am a PhD candidate and instructor in Indigenous Studies at Trent. I also work with the recently relaunched Katimavik national youth program.

I joined the CUPE 3908 executive in October 2013. I have served as chief steward and vice president for Unit 2. For the past year I have taken on the position of general vice president. In this role I have worked with members and the rest of the executive to ensure that the Trent administration is respecting our rights under the two collective agreements. We have maintained a respectful and constructive working relationship with representatives of the Trent administration. If I am re-elected, I would continue to advocate strongly for member rights and ensure that we have a strong and responsive executive.


Alexandra Draghici - 

I am currently a PhD Candidate in Cultural Studies with a specialization in Women and Gender Studies at Trent University. My work focuses on aesthetic, philosophical and practical responses to the current climate emergency. I have worked as a freelance artist across disciplines, as well as for a number of artistic organizations (MABELLEarts, Challenge Network, Jumblies Theatre) in the capacity of associate artist. In this position, planning, organization, budgeting, and reporting on the use of both grant, foundation and charity funds was and is crucial. I have experience managing an organic and natural health store (Noah's Natural Foods) as well as purchasing all topical botanical health products for the store’s skin care section. In this capacity, I balanced cash flow on a daily basis while doing basic accounting every evening, as well as providing master reports every three to four months. Managing financial resources with transparency and accuracy is an important part of every organization, I would like to contribute the skills I have cultivated and hope to expand further in this area as Secretary Treasurer for the Cupe3908 Union.

Hanah Howlett McFarlane - 

I am the Communications Coordinator at Compass Early Learning & Care, a $13M childcare organization across Peterborough, City of Kawartha Lakes, Durham and Haliburton with over 500 staff. At Trent, I am in the part-time Masters of Educational Studies, focusing on Indigenous/Settler relationships in educational settings. I am a Masters of Education Ambassador and a former Academic Assistant for the School of Education. I have served a one-year term as the VP Unit 2, where I reviewed PD applications and grievances for Unit 2 Members, engaged in member outreach through university events and social events, and engaged in important issues to our members through sub-committee work. As the former Manager of Philanthropy and Fund Development at Community Counselling & Resource Centre, I grew the philanthropic capacity of the organization through grant development, setting ambitious budgets and goals, networking across the community and organizing large-scale events to raise profile and revenue necessary to offer important community-based social services. As part of my ongoing personal/professional development I took an accounting course at Fleming College to improve my efficacy both as a staff member and board member of several non-profit organizations I have been involved in.

I look forward to an opportunity to bring forward these skills to support CUPE 3908, should you elect me to do so, and to find ways to continue to support our membership through thoughtful, engaged discussions about how we spend our resources, and how we advocate for increased resources for our members through the bargaining process to improve the lives of our members and others in our community.

Recording Secretary

David Hollands - 

I have served on the executive committee of CUPE 3908 as the Communications Officer for two years, and am seeking re-election for 2018-19. My academic background is in the field of Film Studies. I am currently a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies. My work explores the transformations of Hollywood classical narration–the common styles and structures of Hollywood films, past and present–in the era of new media and convergence culture. My work as a seminar leader, course instructor, and CUPE executive member have given me considerable experience of relating to and communicating with others. I am always punctual and efficient, two critical components of being an effective officer.

In my time on the CUPE 3908 Executive, I have represented our local as a delegate at CUPE Ontario, CUPE National, and the Ontario University Workers Coordinating Committee (OUWCC) conventions; as a member of the Senate Teaching Awards Subcommittee; and as a member of 3908's internal Website Redesign Subcommittee. I currently serve on the OUWCC as the campus representative for Trent University. I provide updates of issues impacting CUPE members at Trent to the OUWCC, and relay information about other locals in the university sector back to the 3908 executive. The OUWCC is instrumental in drafting resolutions on behalf of the university sector in Ontario to be presented at CUPE conventions.

Over the next year, I wish to serve once more on the Senate Teaching Awards Subcommittee as a representative of CUPE 3908. I also intend to continue being the campus representative for Trent University on the OUWCC, in particular to aid in planning the upcoming OUWCC convention in February of 2019, and to ensure that the OUWCC continues to be aware of the concerns of our members at Trent. It has been, and will continue to be, my pleasure to serve on the CUPE 3908 Executive as one of your representatives.

Vice-President Unit 1

Mark Astrom - 

I have been a Course Instructor at the School of Education and Professional Learning since 2006. I joined CUPE 3908 in October 2017. I am a current member of ETFO @ KPR and a past member of OSSTF. I am also a proud Trent University Alumnus!

My other labour involvement includes being a Provincial Councillor with the Ontario Principals’ Council from 2006-2009; in this role, I had an audience with the Minister of Education advocating for necessary improvements to public education that would benefit both education workers and students, and therefore make our public schools better places to work and learn.

My involvement in union-related activities began in 1990, and includes my first picket line experience in March 1991, and again in October 1997, when Ontario’s public educators went on strike.

I ask for your support in being re-elected as Unit 1 Vice President to represent the interests of part-time contract faculty at Trent University and to be a part of the negotiating team for our next Collective Agreement.

Dave Tough - 

I have been a member of CUPE 3908 Unit 1 since 2011, and was a member of the Executive from 2011 to 2013. I teach in the School for the Study of Canada and have led seminars in Political Studies. I co-founded Electric City Magazine in 2016, and my first book, a history of income taxation entitled The Terrific Engine, was pubished in March 2018.

Vice President Unit 2

Tamar Richards-Thomas

I am a Ph.D. student in the Environmental and life sciences department at Trent University. I hold an M. Sc. in Atmospheric Science and a B. Sc. in Physics. I am currently the CUPE Unit 2 Joint Health and Safety representative. I have also volunteered with several other organizations inclusive of the Peterborough Regional Science Fair and Trent International Program. I would like to get more involved with CUPE this year.

Kimber Munford - 

I am an Environmental and Life Sciences Master's student and I started in May of 2017. I am passionate about the environment and in my time in Peterborough I have been an avid cyclist and I currently serve on the Board for The Seasoned Spoon (Trent's non-profit cooperative cafe). I am originally from Manitoba, where I was very active in my provincial and student government. I was on the executive of 2 different science clubs and served as VP and President of my undergraduate Biology Students' Association. I was simultaneously an executive in the Manitoba Young New Democrats and the University of Winnipeg New Democrats. I also served one term as the student representative at the Manitoba Provincial Government policy meetings. I've helped organize social, science, and labour-related protests and have worked hard to help the lives of working people over my entire adult life. I would love to have the opportunity to continue some of that work here in Ontario as your Unit 2 VP!

Ainsely Lewis - 

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Chief Steward Unit 1

Laura Greenwood - 

I am enthusiastically running for re-election to the position of Chief Steward Unit 1.  I have been a course instructor at Trent University since Fall 2016, and this year I am teaching in the Gender & Women's Studies, Philosophy, and Cultural Studies Departments and working at both the Peterborough and Durham campuses.  I have been involved with CUPE3908 since my time as a graduate student (beginning in 2009-10) in the Theory, Culture, and Politics MA Program and the Cultural Studies PhD Program.  Prior to becoming Chief Steward Unit 1, I have fulfilled the roles of Chief Steward Unit 2 as well as Departmental Steward.  In addition to my responsibilities as Chief Steward Unit 1, which focus primarily on supporting and representing members through grievances and meetings with their employer, I represented our local at CUPE Ontario Division for the second time this year.  Inspired by my time there, I initiated a focus on equity within our local, which has thusfar included a strategic planning session, subcommittee, and values statement and policy development.  I am experienced in and passionate about advocacy and invested in working to ensure our members' rights are respected and defended.  I ask that you re-elect me as Chief Steward Unit 1 as I hope to continue my work representing Unit 1 members and contributing to making CUPE3908 the most supportive, positive, and effective union local that it can be for the entirety of its membership.

Chief Steward Unit 2

Alison Fraser - 

Coming out of an MA at Queen’s University, I became involved in student politics with the goal of achieving a better voice for graduate students. I represented the Art History department on the Society of Graduate and Professional Students and was the Equity Officer for PSAC 901, the TA and TF union at Queen’s University. In my PhD, I have also served a number of terms on the executive of the Trent Graduate Students' Association.

I am running for re-election for Chief Steward Unit 2. I have worked to update the CUPE Stewards network to include new programs that were created in the last two years. In knowing and familiarizing myself with the graduate student programs, I can target my outreach to departs without Stewards. It is my goal to create an engaged Stewards network and to create tools so future Chief Stewards unit 2 can have an engaged Stewards network. I am also motivated to advocate for post-funding PhD teaching. As tuition rises and funding opportunities shrink, I think it is important for 5th year and above PhD students to have the ability to teach. I am dedicated to advocating for unit 2 graduate student workers.

Ainsely Lewis - 

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