President – Nathan Cecckin
Nathan has been a member of Unit 1 since 2005, working as a Teaching Assistant, Marker-Grader, and Course Coordinator in the departments of Labour Studies, History, and Sociology. Nathan has previous served in the union as Steward, Vice-President Unit 1, Recording Secretary, and Treasurer. Nathan has also been active in sitting on various committees of CUPE 4207, including most recently chairing the Policy, Bylaw, and Finance Committee, and sitting on ad hoc committees that oversaw the most recent elections and earlier in the year in finalizing the calendar. All members are welcome to sit on any committee!
Currently, Nathan is also the Recording Secretary of the Niagara District CUPE Council (NDCC) and an Executive Committee member of the Niagara Regional Labour Council (NRLC). In his free time, Nathan spend time with his little dog Whiskey, and tries to find time to write and do photography.
Vice-President Unit 1 – Leila Meskine
My name is Leila Meskine, I have arrived in Canada from Morocco in 2017 to complete my MA in Mathematics at Brock University. I soon started getting involved with our CUPE local 4207 to learn and fight and stand up for workers in my sector, I spent the first year attending meetings and getting initiated to the union work.
I was elected as Vice President for the local in 2018 and took active roles with various committees including the bargaining Committee. I am currently a delegate to the Niagara District CUPE Council and a delegate to the Niagara Regional Labour Council where I was recently elected as trustee. At the provincial level, I sit on the CUPE Ontario Women’s committee as a young worker representative and on the Ontario University Workers Coordinating Committee (OUWCC) as a migrant workers representative to advocate for the rights of women, young workers, migrant workers and voice their struggles and concerns. My ultimate goal is to promote the principles of social unionism and create a more just society for the Canadian working class.
Vice-President Unit 2 – Joan Dundas
Vice-President Unit 3 – Katarina Rieger
My name is Katarina Rieger (she/her) and I am honoured to be serving as CUPE 4207 Unit 3 Vice president. I am a Brock graduate, and have worked as an English as a Second Language teacher in ESL Services at Brock University for fifteen years. I have also served as a unit 3 Steward and as the VP3 in the past. Furthermore, I was part of the Bargaining Committee for two rounds of bargaining. I have attended numerous CUPE workshops and look forward to gaining more knowledge in order to serve our members and community.
Vice-President Graduate Students – Daislyn Vidal
Daislyn Vidal is a member of Unit 1 and has worked in the department of Applied Health Sciences for close to two years. She served as the union’s Applied Health Sciences steward for more than a year. Daislyn is now the incoming Vice President of Graduate Studies for the union. She has a long history of and passion for doing work as a part of different student executives and committees at Brock. A fun fact about her: she enjoys connecting with others and trying international foods!
Treasurer – Darrin Sunstrum
Chief Steward – Brigitte Cecckin
Hello Cupe 4207 Members, My name is Brigitte and I will be your Chief Steward for 2021/2022. I have over 30 years experience in grievances, collective bargaining, dispute resolution, and general union business. I have a BA in Sociology and MA in SJES – both obtained at Brock. I have TA’d for Sociology and Labour Studies for the past 20 years. I look forward to serving the members of CUPE 4207 once again.
Recording Secretary – Phil Wachel
Hello Friends, My name is Phil Wachel and I am the Recording Secretary of the Local. I have been a CUPE 4207 member since 2004, but I did not get involved in the union until 2011. I played a part in organizing the English as a Second Language (ESL) Instructors into Unit 3 almost ten years ago. In my free time I spend a lot of time watching Toronto Blue Jays games. I also like to think that I have a bit of a ‘green thumb’ for vegetable gardening. In Solidarity, Phil.
Equity Officer – Lina Adeetuk
Lina, moved to Canada from Ghana in Fall 2019 to pursue her master’s degree in Geography, at Brock University. After quickly adjusting to her studies and the Canadian culture, she decided to give back to her community by becoming actively involved in extracurricular activities. In the past, she has served as a member of the International Committee, GSA and is currently the Geography’s Program Delegate and Cohort Representative at the Graduate Students’ Association Program Assembly and the Department of Geography, Brock University, respectively. Outside of Brock she is a delegate to the Niagara District CUPE Council where sits on the women’s committee and a co-founder of Connect Niagara, an energetic young adult group that seeks to foster community among young adults. Lina strongly stands against anti-Black racism while encouraging activism of underrepresented groups in the union.
Membership Outreach Officer – Dr. Tracy Kennedy
Dr. Tracy Kennedy began as student at Brock U in 1988, and completed a general arts degree with a Classics focus and an honours degree in Sociology (yes, her undergrad thesis is in the library!). Tracy joined CUPE 4207 in 1999 as a teaching assistant in the Sociology department. She then worked as an instructor in Communications, Popular Culture & Film for nineteen years teaching innovative digital culture courses. Tracy has also taught courses in Recreation & Leisure Studies, Child & Youth Studies, and now teaches in Interactive Arts & Sciences.
Outside of Brock, Tracy is a registered Yoga teacher, Health & Wellness Practitioner, and she DJs a radio talk show called “The Everyday Empaths Show”, which is hosted by Niagara Community Radio. Fun fact: Did you know that Tracy is an avid Heavy-Metal fan and has attended hundreds of Rock concerts across North America?
Tracy was previously part of the Bargaining Research Committee & CPCF Department Steward, and looks forward to connecting with 4207 members as Outreach Officer.
Health & Safety Officer – Mikko Kivisto
Mikko is a member of Unit 1, working as a Course Coordinator and Marker-Grader for Dramatic Arts. He began to be actively involved with the local in 2017 as the JHSC representative for the Marilyn I. Walker Campus. A year later, he got involved with the JHSC at the 1812 Campus. In 2019, he was elected as the inaugural Health & Safety Officer of the executive committee. Outside of Brock, he is currently serving on the Niagara Regional Literacy Council Board as its Chair. In other creative pursuits, he has written poetry. He won the Mayor’s Poetry Challenge in 2017 and had the privilege of sharing some of his work at the In the Soil Festival 2018 and Painting, Poetry and Prose 2019.
Unit 2 Steward – Kim Lee
Hello everyone, my name is Kim Lee and I am the ESL Housing Coordinator here at Brock. I have been at Brock three years and have spent the last 10 months on layoff due to COVID-19. I decided that I would like to become involved in the Union as a steward in Unit 2.
My union background involves a short term as a member of the Steelworkers Union some 30 years ago, and my father was a long time member of the local IAFF 485 Firefighters Union and humbly served as Union President for 35 years. Although my time as an active member has not been long, I have a good understanding of how I should serve my fellow members.
I have a strong interest in health, safety and wellness being active in empathic yoga, qigong, mindfulness, and meditation. I welcome anyone to reach out so that we may get to know one another.
Unit 3 Steward – Glenn Ewing
Humanities Steward – Elizabeth D’Angelo
Social Sciences Steward – Stacyann Williams
Stacyann Williams is the Steward of Social Sciences. She has a degree in Sociology. Stacyann has been a member of Unit 1 since 2020, working as a Teaching Assistant in Sociology. She looks forward to serving the members of CUPE 4207.
Math and Science Steward – Eunice Ablorh
My name is Eunice, an international student pursuing my masters’ in mathematics and also working as a Teaching Assistant and Marker-Grader in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. I have been an active union member and served as a Faculty Steward with CUPE Local 4207 since 2019. Outside of Brock, I am a member of the CUPE Ontario Young Workers’ Committee. I am passionate about fostering an inclusive and respectful working environment.
During my leisure, I love to listen to music and experience different cultures by reading and travelling. I also love to watch and play soccer.
Applied Health Sciences Steward – Vacant
This position is Vacant. Are you interested? Do you work in one of these departments?: Applied Health Sciences, Health Sciences, Kinesiology, Nursing, Recreation and Leisure Studies, or Sport Management. For more information, contact your Chief Steward – Brigitte Cecckin firstname.lastname@example.org
Education Steward – William Ankomah
William is a candidate of the Joint PhD in Educational Studies program at Brock University. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Social Justice and Equity Studies—Brock University, a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management—Niagara College, and a Bachelor of Education—University of Education (Ghana). William has been a CUPE 4207 member since 2014, and he’s excited to get active with Union activities in 2021 and beyond. He’s been a teaching and research assistant in both the Faculties of Education and Sociology. William has also been a course instructor, and he’s currently completing a TA position and starting a new role as an Advanced Education Tutor for the spring/summer 2021 semester.
His research interests include appreciative inquiry, international education, social justice education, teacher education, anti-racism and anti-oppression, and nonhuman animal studies. William is currently analyzing data for his doctoral dissertation on Envisioning Exceptional Educational Experiences for International Master’s Students at a Southern Ontario University.
He loves playing tennis, badminton, volley, football (not American football), and cycling with his lovely family. He’s a big family person.
Business Steward – Agostino Menna
He works for a boutique investment bank/consulting firm in Toronto, He speaks both Italian and Spanish and enjoys immersing himself in the riches of other cultures. He has volunteered as a board member for the Niagara Health System and a mentor for troubled youth in Niagara as well as coached basketball and soccer.
International Student Steward – Katia Benseba
My name is Katia. I am a first-year international graduate student and a TA in the mathematics department. I moved to Canada from Algeria in January 2021 So I am still discovering the country and life here.
Back in Algeria, I was very involved with the politics of my country and the student union in my university. We played a big role in mobilizing students across our country to take part in the peaceful demonstrations to take down the ruling regime and demand transparent elections to elect a president chosen by the people. I am a strong believer in trade unionism and the big role that unions play in fighting for the rights of workers. This was my big motivation to run for the CUPE 4207 elections. I want to get involved, participate in trainings to learn about how unions work and then get involved in taking action.
I would like to invite all international students to connect with me if they have issues or questions related to their work at Brock. I have also ideas on events to voice the concerns of all the CUPE 4207 International members.
In my free time, I like cooking. I was seriously considering going to a culinary school before deciding to pursue a career in Mathematics. I also have a dog, his name is Jumpy I love him and miss him so much.
Instructors Steward – Nadine Brundrett
Nadine Brundrett has been a member of CUPE 4207 Unit 1 since she began teaching at Brock in September 2000 as an Instructor and Teaching Assistant in the Department of Classics. Her primary research area is in Ancient Roman social studies utilizing material culture. In the Fall of 2017, Nadine was awarded the Clarke Thomson Award for Excellence in Sessional Teaching by the Centre of Pedagogical Innovation and this speaks to her long-standing passion for teaching. When the Covid outbreak occurred in 2020, Nadine assisted faculty to transition their teaching online as an Instructional Technology Support Coordinator for the Faculty of Humanities and she continues to be an active member of consultative team for CPI concerned with discovering best practices and teaching solutions during these challenging times.
In the Spring 2019 Nadine was elected to the position of Instructor Steward. She continues to hold this position having been recently re-elected for 2021-22. Throughout her time as a union steward Nadine has taken a keen interest in helping with grievances. Upholding the Collective Agreement and seeking justice for all our members is essential to the union and Nadine is proud to be a Union Steward.
Beyond teaching Nadine loves walking, reading and she is looking forward to another season mucking about in her garden!