Who We Are
A core tenet of CUPE 503’s mission is to advocate for the vital services that keep our families safe and make our community strong. Just as we strive for fairness in negotiations – we also strive for fairness in our community and in the halls of government. With a history dating back more than 50 years in the Capital area, CUPE 503 members provide services that keep Ottawa up and running.
Executive Council Members
(35-Hour Salary Representative)
(35 Hour Salary Representative)
(37.5 Hour Salary Representative)
(40-Hour Wage Members)
(City of Ottawa 40-Hour Wage Representative.)
Kevin currently serves as a 40—Hour Wage Representative for the City of Ottawa bargaining unit. Kevin became active with CUPE 503 by completing his Shop Steward training in June 2016 and then joined the Executive Council in October 2019. Kevin is passionate about health and safety and serves on his workplace Joint Health & Safety Committee in the Traffic Department as a certified member.
(40 Hour Wage Representative.)
Ryan began his career with the City of Ottawa as an Electrician in January 2012. Ryan became involved with CUPE 503 as a Shop Steward in May 2014 and became a member of the Executive Council in 2018.
(40/42 Hour Salary Representative)
(40-42 Hour Salary Representative)
Chad Dashnay (Other than Full-Time Representative)
(Champlain Local Health Integration Network Representative.)
Brett comes from the Cornwall Office of the Champlain Local Integration Network. Brett has been active with CUPE 503 since 2014 when he completed the Shop Steward program and later joined the Executive Council in February 2020. Brett has served on both the Champlain LHIN Local Negotiations Team and the Central Table with members from across the province.
(Ottawa Humane Society Representative)
(Community Housing representative.)
(Ottawa Public Library Representative)
(Representative for Collective Agreements with Less than 200 Members.)
Carole comes from the City of Clarence Rockland bargaining unit representing just under 100 members in that small municipality. Carole has served as a CUPE 503 Shop Steward since June 2016 and began serving on the Executive Council in July 2019 as the first representative for the category of Collective Agreements with Less than 200 Members. Carole is also trained as a Job Evaluation rater for her workplace.
Dan Huff (Retiree Representative)
Local Staff & CUPE National Staff Assigned
CUPE 503’s membership is served by a dedicated staff team directly employed by the Union as well as CUPE National representatives. Please feel free to contact the office at 613-230-2456 to be directed to the representative who currently services your workplace.
In 2002, Ray retired from the position of Buyer at the City of Ottawa, with 28 years of service. He was subsequently hired as a Labour Representative for the Local.
In 1974, Ray was hired as a storeman with the Board of Health. From 1975 to 1983, he was a shop steward and served on the Bargaining Committee. In 1983, he was elected to Council as a representative for 35-hour salary members. From 1985 to 1999, Ray served as secretary-treasurer.
Ray is credited with many accomplishments over the years: Job Evaluation Plan (RMOC); a computerized financial system; and, annual budgets. He served as an Executive member of the Ontario Division of CUPE; he helped to purchase the Local’s first building on Concord Street; he helped to unite labour groups under the Local’s banner; and, he served on the negotiating team for the first contract in the “new” City of Ottawa.
In December 2008, Lucien was hired as a grievance officer. Lucien joined Council in 2005. A two-term president of Local 2617 with the former City of Cumberland outside workers, Lucien became active with Local 503 during Amalgamation. Lucien worked in Surface Operations with the City from 2001 to 2008. He served on the Grievance, By-Laws, Health and Safety, Education, Equal Rights/Pay Equity/Human Rights, and Master Assignment Board committees. He was chairperson of the Grievance Committee from 2005 to 2007.
JC joined CUPE 503 as a Grievance Officer in 2017. JC was elected to the Executive Council in 2013. He has worked in Roads, in the Public Works Department since 2003, and became a shop steward in 2009. JC served on the Master Assignment Board, Health and safety, Educations, Political Action Committees and was an alternate on the Negotiations Committee. He also previously served as a Trustee from 2011-2012.
Pierrette joined CUPE 503 as a Grievance Officer in the fall of 2014. She previously served as the Ottawa Public Library representative on the CUPE 503 Executive Council, as well as Chair of the Grievance Committee and has experience as a Job Evaluation rater and in Pay Equity.
Erin joined our team in the spring of 2003. She started as our Receptionist, then became our Administration Records & Database Coordinator. Erin then transitioned to the Administrative Assistant for Worker’s Compensation Services, and in the fall of 2019 moved into the WSIB Officer position.
Tammy started as staff with CUPE 503 in April 2016. Tammy is a former CUPE 503 member and Executive Council representative from Ottawa Community Housing from 2007 to 2016.
Heather joined the staff compliment at CUPE 503 in November 2019. Heather previously served as the Champlain Local Health Integrated Network Representative on the Executive Council from 2011-2019 and was an active Shop Steward and Health and Safety representative since 2003.
Susan is a CUPE National Representative assigned to work with CUPE Local 503 and CUPE Local 5500. She works directly with the Local’s executive, staff, and members.
Allison is a CUPE National Representative assigned to work with CUPE Local 503. She works directly with the Local’s executive, staff, and members.
Amy is a bilingual national representative assigned by CUPE to work with Local 503.