Local 79 Executive
Local 79 is run by its members, for its members. It’s a democratic organization. The Executive of Local 79, which makes the day-to-day decisions, is elected through a mail-in vote from the Local 79 membership every three years. These are the CUPE Local 79 elected officers for the 2012-2014 Term of Office.
The Executive Committee
The Executive Committee is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the Local. They meet at least twice every month and every decision that they make is reported to the Executive Board in writing.
- Tim Maguire, President
416.977.1629 ext. 223
Tim first became a Local 79 member in 1990 when he began working as a caseworker in the Employment and Social Services Division at the City of Toronto.
Tim was first elected Local 79 President in 2011, after serving as First Vice-President, Chief-Steward, Unit Officer, and lead negotiator for several of Local 79’s bargaining units. He is currently the coordinator of the Social Services Division Committee, and Co-Chair of the Political Action Committees.
Tim’s an avid runner, reader and music enthusiast. He’s also a passionate advocate for the environment, having been a member of CUPE’s National Environment Committee and campaigned consistently for water conservation.
- Nancy Murphy, First Vice-President
416.977.1629 ext. 224
Nancy became a member of CUPE in 1990, when she helped organize her workplace into CUPE Local 114. Her Local would later fold into Local 79 during Toronto’s amalgamation. Nancy is a Support Assistant B in the Communicable Disease Control section of the City of Toronto’s Public Health Division.
Nancy was elected First Vice-President in 2011, after serving several terms as Recording Secretary and as a union steward. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the Education and Bargaining Committees.
At home, Nancy enjoys spending time with her dog Daisy, a Morkie.
- David Kidd, Vice-President – Chief Steward
416.977.1629 ext. 251
David Kidd became a Local 79 member in 1991 and is now a Community Recreation Programmer for Parks, Forestry and Recreation at the City of Toronto.
David was elected to the Executive Committee in 2006 as Vice President – Chief Steward, after serving as Recording Secretary and Membership Secretary. He is Deputy Chair of the Political Action Committee. In 2011, David went on secondment to the Toronto & York Labour Council, where he was involved in community organizing to support the services and programs our members provide.
David‘s passions include labour history and his colourful family.
- Ainsworth Hamilton, Vice-President Equity
416.977.1629 ext. 245
Ainsworth became a Local 79 member in 1998 when he began working as a Community Recreation Programmer for Parks, Forestry and Recreation at the City of Toronto.
Ainsworth was first elected Vice-President Equity in 2006, after serving as a Steward and an Executive Board member. As a member facilitator for CUPE National, Ainsworth facilitated CUPE’s first-ever Human Rights Conference. He currently sits as Chair of the Human Rights and Union Improvement Committees, and as Co-Chair of the Education Committee.
Ainsworth enjoys spending time with his two daughters and teaching karate to both young and old.
- Sofia Reno, Recording Secretary
416.977.1629 ext. 252
Sofia became a Local 79 member in 2001 when she began working as an Early Childhood Educator, and subsequently a Support Assistant B in the Strategic, Business & Finance section of the City of Toronto’s Children’s Services Division.
Sofia became Recording Secretary in the 2011 union elections, after serving as a WSIB representative, Duty Officer, a member of the Executive Board, and a long-time steward. She currently sits as Chair of the Contracting Out Committee.
- Linda Rose, Membership Secretary
416.977.1629 ext. 222
Linda became a member of Local 79 in 1985, when she began working in the City’s Long Term Care Homes and subsequently at the Facilities Management Division at the City of Toronto.
Linda was first elected Membership Secretary in 2006, after serving as a union steward and a member of the Executive Board. She currently sits as Co-Chair of the Emergency Measures, Political Action, and Membership Services Committees.
Linda is inspired by random acts of kindness. She is Local 79’s unofficial flag-bearer– so look out for her at the next rally!
- Lily Chang, Treasurer
416.977.1629 ext. 225
Lily became a member of Local 79 in 1989 when she began working as a caseworker in the Social Services Division at the City of Toronto.
Lily was first elected Treasurer in 2005, after serving as a union steward, Unit Officer, and a member of the Executive Board. Currently, she is Chair of the Budget Committee, Coordinator of the Social Services Division Committee, and a member of the Civic Bargaining Committee. Lily also sits on the Board of Trustees for the United Way Toronto.
Lily holds an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto, where she studied Psychology and Biology. She has two children, Alexandra and Michael.
Unit Officers co-ordinate the activities and chair meetings of the Shop Stewards and members of their bargaining unit. While assisting and taking direction from the Vice-President—Chief Steward, the primary tasks of a Unit Officer are to prepare and lead Step II grievances, and to monitor, support and coordinate the processing of disputes or other related matters from their respective bargaining unit.
City of Toronto Full-Time
City of Toronto Unit B Part-Time
City of Toronto Recreation Workers Part-Time
City of Toronto Long-Term Care Homes
Bridgepoint Hospital Service Units
Bridgepoint Hospital Nurses and Paramedical
Toronto Community Housing Corporation
Executive Officers at Large
CUPE Local 79 also has 14 Executive Officers at large. Like Officers on the Executive Committee, these Officers are elected by the entire Local 79 membership and not by specific bargaining units. The primary function of the Executive Officers at large includes reviewing and approving recommendations from the Executive Committee as well as approving expenditures, which takes place at monthly meetings of the Executive Board. Approved recommendations and expenditures are brought forward to General Membership Meetings for approval by the membership. Executive Officers at Large also contribute significantly to Local 79′s many Standing and Special Committees.
- Virginia Ashberry
- Yvonne Bell
- Ruth Comfort
- Keith Fiering
- Rebecca Jageshar
- Arokiadass John
- Wendy Johnston
- Maria Kolominsky
- Sharon Llewellyn
- Bevoria Martin-Clarke
- Nina Megas
- Shelley Suffield
- Fred Taylor
- Doreen Tripp