David previously served as COPE 378's Vice-President for the ICBC group from May 2005. Prior to that, David sat on the COPE 378 Executive Board since he was appointed by the Executive Council in 2001.
He served on the COPE-SEPB National Executive as Vice President for Region 4.
David first became a member of COPE 378 working at ICBC Head Office in 1995. His current workplace of record is the ICBC 5th and Cambie Claims Centre in Vancouver.
In addition to COPE 378 committees, David also sits on the BC Federation of Labour and Canadian Labour Congress Political Action Committees and the Advisory Committee of the Sustainable Communities Initiative. He is a former member of the Board of Directors for the United Way of the Lower Mainland, and a former delegate to the Vancouver and District Labour Council.
In the past David has sat on the Board of Directors for both the Vancouver Foundation and the Margaret Mitchell Fund for Women.
David lives in New Westminster with his wife Maya Russell and their three daughters Kate, Maggie and Rebecca.
A member of COPE 378 for over 20 years, Lori was first elected Secretary-Treasurer in 1999. Her first elected position in the union was as an Executive Councillor from ICBC in 1993.
Lori joined COPE 378 when she started at the ICBC Richmond Claims Centre in 1990.
In addition to serving as Secretary-Treasurer, Lori chairs the COPE 378 Pension Committee, sits on the Executive Council of the BC Federation of Labour and the Executive Board of the Working Opportunities Fund, and has been the President of the New West Labour Council since 2007.
Lori lives in North Delta with her husband Keith and their children Sarah, Adam, and Grace.
Vice-President - Utilities
Gwenne comes to the Local as a Financial Analyst with BC Hydro. First Elected as a Vice-President in 2005, Gwenne's first elected position with the union was as a Job Steward in 1996.
In the spring of 2007, Gwenne was also elected to the office of Secretary-Treasurer of COPE-SEPB, Local 378's National Union.
Gwenne Chairs a number of COPE 378 Committees, including the Health and Safety, Convention, and Arbitration Review and Education Committees. She sits on the New West District Labour Council Executive and the Canadian Labour Congress' Energy Task Force.
Gwenne as been dedicated to volunteer work since she was a young child and despite her extensive list of commitments, is always able to find time to help in her community.
In addition to this committee work, Gwenne sits on the Economic and Energy Policy Committees of the BC NDP, the Board of Directors of BC Citizens for Public Power and is a Trustee of HYDRECS. She is deeply involved with the United Way of the Lower Mainland, sitting the Board and the Campaign Cabinet, as well as Co-Chairing the UWLM's Labour Committee. Gwenne is also the Treasurer of the White Rock Players Club.
Gwenne lives in White Rock with her husband, Tom. She has a stepdaughter, Heather, and dogs Haggis MacDuff and Hammish MacDougall, and cats Tapper and Topper.
Vice President - ICBC
Jeff started at ICBC in 1996. Since 1999, he has been a Job Steward and has twice been elected as an Executive Councillor. In 2008 and 2011, Jeff was elected to COPE 378¹s Executive Board and in May 2011, he was elected to the position of Vice President of COPE 378. He was re-elected as Vice President for a three year term in November 2012.
Between 2006 and 2011 Jeff worked as COPE 378¹s Job Evaluation Appeal Officer for the ICBC bargaining unit. During this time he negotiated wage increases for ICBC members in numerous job classifications.
Jeff is a two-time recipient of the Fred Trotter Memorial Scholarship for Labour Studies. He is a graduate of the Labour College of Canada and has studied at the SFU Centre for Labour Studies. Jeff is also the Co-Chair of the COPE 378¹s Political Action Committee.
Vice President - Combined Units
Prior to being elected Vice-President in 2011, Heather worked for the Burnaby Civic Employees' Union, Local 23 CUPE in the capacity of Administrative Assistant.
Heather served as Vice-President at COPE 15, and was appointed by General Council as the Transition Officer for COPE 378. She will serve in this capacity until the 2011 union elections.
A former Returning Officer for Local 15, Heather is a National Officer of COPE/SEBP and served on the Labour Relations & Negotiating Committees, Education and Arbitration Review Committees of COPE Local 15.
Heather was instrumental in developing the COPE 15 Member Mentorship Programme, and spearheaded Facilitor Training designed to bring the union to its members.
As past President of CUPE Local 967 for nine years, Sister Lee has a wealth of public sector experience, and brings private sector experience as a small business owner.
Heather is a Union Counsellor whose volunteer work includes, Maple Ridge Hospice Society, Canadian Blood Services, Websters Corner's Community Association Director, Ladies Auxiliary to Royal Canadian Legion Branch 88, as well as the Emerald Pig Theatrical Society, Council of Canadians, Ridge Meadows Civic Coalition Director and Maple Ridge - Mission NDP Constituency.
Heather and her partner Simon reside in Maple Ridge, and have three grandchildren, Branden, Danica and Logan.