Local 475 Officers
Cell (613) 218-7323
I have been active in the Union for three years, as a Steward, Vice-President of Reference and now President.I have taken many courses and hope to take many more to have a well rounded ability to represent you. On a personal note I grew up in the small town of Stirling Playing hockey and riding four wheelers. I moved to Ottawa when I was 18. I graduated from St. Lawrence in 2003 and started working as a casual at TOH in Phlebotomy right after, after 1.5 years of being a casual I got a job in Microbiology and have been at TOH for 13 years. I am blessed with four children and a wonderful husband. I am excited to see what the future of Local 475 has in store for me.
Vice President - TOHG & CHEO
Cell: (613) 668-6737
For those of you who don't know me, I'm Jeff Eamer. I'm your newly elected Vice-President for TOHG and CHEO. I started with the union as a steward in early 2013. I was Vice-President for the Central region of EORLA by 2014 when I was working at The Queensway Carleton Hospital. When I left QCH and started working in Microbiology at the General, I decided to become your local secretary. As your local secretary I accomplished a lot. I created the email distribution list we have for our members. WHICH I'm happy to announce that we now we have 500 personal email addresses on it. I also helped create the locals private Facebook page. I have worked in a couple different laboratories since EORLA's exception including small outline hospitals like Cornwall and Medium sized hospitals like QCH or large hospitals like TOHG. I know what the issues are in all different size hospitals and many different departments within them. I have a passion for this local and want to help lead it with the help of this LEC. I am currently on the Communications Committee, Classification/Pay Equity committee and Bargaining Committee. I have done a fair amount of education with OPSEU, including our Stewardship 1, Stewardship 2, Advanced Grievance Handling, Duty to accommodate and Social Media for union members. I look forward to seeing this local grow in the future!
Vice President - TOHC & TOHR
I was born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario and have always been a science fan. My first experience was in high school as a co-op student in anatomical pathology at a hospital in Thunder Bay. After a couple of years into my bachelor of science in nursing, I decided to seek my fame and fortune in Ottawa. Ten years of waitering and bartending gave me the experience of public relations, and putting people first. In the new millennium I enrolled into getting my lab technician certification, and got a job at TOH after course completion. Since then I worked in phlebotomy, as a teaching assistant for the lab technician certification, histology, surgical pathology, and finally in autopsy pathology where I find my job both diverse and challenging. As the new VP for the Civic and Riverside campus I hope to bring my experiences to give additional strength and continuity to our local.
Vice President - West Region
After graduating in 1990 I moved to Northern BC where I was the Lab/Radiology Charge in Fort St James for 15 years. During this time I took on the duties of Chief Steward for our union in BC HSA (Health Sciences Association) for 12 years. As a member I was on a four member provincial Health and Safety committee responsible for reducing the permissible exposure limits of chemicals found in the BC Health and Safety Act and Regulations. As the Chief Steward I was able to attend 8 HSA conventions in support of Northern BC. In 2005 I moved to Deep River where I am currently the Charge Technologist and your VP for the West and continue to be an avid runner and sports fanatic. Thanks and I look forward to working with everyone as we support our members of OPSEU local 475.
Vice President - East Region
Cell (613) 938-2519
Biography to Follow;
Cell (613) 330-6346
After gradutaing from The Michener Institute in Toronto for Medical Laboratory Science in the spring of 2015 I was hired by EORLA to work at the Cornwall Community Hospital. Last year I made the move back to a big city to work in Biochemistry at TOH. Now that I live in Ottawa I have been taking advantage of this beautiful city; cycling, running and hiking in my spare time. Since starting my career I have been eager to become involved in the union. I have attended several educationals and conferences over the past year hoping to build my skills as a Steward and Secretary for the local. I am excited to apply this knowledge to Local 475 and bring about positive change for the members. If you see me in the halls of the General or the Civic please say hello. I want to hear how I can work for you!
Cell (613) 401-9503
I was born in Nova Scotia and that is where I did my training as a MLT. I graduated in the early 1980's and those that remember that time know that finding a job was next to impossible. I was lucky enough to be accepted as a MLT and proudly served in The Canadian Forces for 20 years working at many bases across Canada and overseas. After retiring, I remained in the beautiful town of Deep River. Deep River is the ideal setting for many of my leisure activities including kayaking, hiking, cycling, camping and snowshoeing. I am married to a wonderful man Serge and together we have 4 wonderful children and one precious grand daughter. Besides my full time job as a MLT, my husband and I have 2 small businesses that keep us busy as well. Since retiring from the military, I have always been an active member of OPSEU. The current LEC are all members ready to roll up their sleeves and get down to business. Let us work with you and for you.
Vice President - CENTRAL REGION