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Full Time Representatives: 
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Paul Barton ~ Secretary-Treasurer and Principal Officer

Brother Barton has been a Teamster since 1991. Having been employed in both the dairy and bakery industries serve him well in his role as Secretary-Treasurer with Local 464.  

Paul has worked as a truck driver, production worker, machine operator, warehouseman, checker/loader, automated warehouse operator, etc. In the workplace he has acted as a Shop Steward, an advocate for his fellow workers and a Union activist. He first became a Business-Representative in 2002, President in 2014, and Secretary-Treasurer in April of 2015.

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Mike Christensen ~ Business Representative

Brother Christensen has been a Teamster since 1996.  Participating in the only strike in Local 464’s history, Mike knows the positive effect of strong Teamster leadership in action.

With his passion for safety, Mike has served as the sole Labour Representative on the Board of Directors for Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC (MSABC), the leading occupational safety organization in British Columbia.  Focusing on safety as well as education Mike has completed studies in the following areas:

Occupational Health and Safety Levels 1 & 2

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Bret O'Neill ~ Organizer/Business Representative

Brother O'Neill has been a member of the Teamsters since 1987. Having worked nearly 30 years with Dairyland/Saputo, Bret has held every key position in the Dairy, including CIP/Pasteurizer, Automated Warehouse (DAWS) Operator, Cheesemaker and Shop Steward.  Brother O'Neill sits on the Pension Committee and has obtained his Foundations of Trust Management Standards (FTMS). 

Executive Board: 
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Randy Onyschak ~ President

Brother Onyschak has been a member of Local 464 as an employee of Dairyland/Saputo since 1988.  Although Randy had never been part of the Executive Board until now, he has been active in the workplace on the Safety Committee and most recently a member of the COVID Committee. Brother Onyschak is also active in promoting the Union to new employees/members and supporting new Shop Stewards.   

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Steve Lee ~ Vice-President

Brother Lee is a second generation, Teamster. He has worked at Island Farms/Agropur for 32 years, holding various positions in his time there, and is currently Head Checker on the Case Dock. Brother Lee has been a Shop Steward since 2016 and has served on the contract negotiation committee. In his spare time, Steve enjoys playing hockey and golf.

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Brad Flamand ~ Recording Secretary

Brother Flamand has been a Teamster for 19 years all while working at Island Farms/Agropur, in Victoria.  Brad is currently a Driver and had worked in the Cooler and Case Dock for many years. Brad has been a Shop Steward since 2012 and has also served as a member of the contract negotiating committee.  In his spare time Brad enjoys hiking and working on his '69 Camaro.

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Terry Inouye ~ Trustee

Brother Inouye has been working as a Driver for Island Farms/Agropur for over 16 years. He became Shop Steward in 2012. He has served as part of the contract negotiating team and is also currently an active member of the Health and Safety Committee at Burnaby Agropur. Terry is a family oriented husband and father of two. He is active in his children’s sports teams and is a hockey and lacrosse coach. 

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Brent MacDonald ~ Trustee

Brother MacDonald is an employee of Dairyland/Saputo and has been a member of Teamsters Local Union No. 464 since 1989. Brent currently serves as Shop Steward at the dairy and he has also held numerous positions such as Foreman and First Aid Attendant. 

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Lindsay Macpherson ~ Trustee

Sister Macpherson has been a Teamster laboratory technician with Saputo since 1984 and is a Shop Steward. 

Her Union activism started when she saw the need for the small lab group to have a voice for their concerns.

She feels her role is to help resolve issues between her fellow workers and the company.

Outside of work Lindsay enjoys working in her garden.

Office Staff: 
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Lori Joyce ~ Office Manager

Sister Joyce started with Teamsters 464 in 1980. Lori is one of the longest serving Teamster staff members in Canada.

Lori has performed many roles in her career including Assistant to an International Vice President, and Assistant to the President of Joint Council 36.

She continues her service with the Teamsters as a valuable member of our Local.

Her work with us extends outside the office including work on Shop Steward Seminars, elections, votes and conferences.

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Blythe Gunson ~ Administrative Assistant

Sister Gunson has been a Teamster since 2016.  She is the friendly voice you hear when you contact our Local.  Blythe enjoys helping others and serving her community. She has volunteered around the Lower Mainland for various organizations, including Variety Children’s Charity.  Her strengths, values and morals help contribute to our cause.

Testimonial

"I was there when we brought the Union in. The first-time contract they won for us was unbelievable. It changed the quality of my life. I am now a Shop Steward and enjoy working with my Union and looking after my fellow workers. "

- Paul Landrecht - Shop Steward. Island Farms Dairy.

"I was a Shop Steward and was also on the contract negotiation team. The Union took the time and trouble to learn all about our industry and what we do. This means they are better able to fight for us whether it is on the job or at the bargaining table. We have the best contract in our industry. Thanks guys!"

- Gerald Price - Agrifoods

For 35 years I have been a Teamster and a Dairyworker, I was a young kid needing a job in tough economic times. I found a place to work and make a living, I learned to work together with others having varying and different backgrounds than my own.

Much has changed for me personally and professionally, I got married to my beautiful wife of almost 25 years and we have raised two amazing children, both of whom are presently studying abroad. Both of my children were recipients of Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Funding.

So much of my success I can credit to having a well paying union job. The Teamsters have been a great union for me, negotiating strong collective agreements that held good wage and benefit packages as well as the cornerstone beliefs of seniority and workers’ rights. The Teamsters gave me a good wage and a voice.

I have always been an active Teamster, and now I sit on Local 464's Executive Board.

There can be a great degree of personal feelings when the word union is mentioned, but so often I look at professional associations and realize the name may be different, but the thought is the same...strength in numbers.

As I get toward the end of my career, I look forward to the thought of receiving the Teamsters Canada Pension Plan, and I am so grateful for the belief others had before me that Teamsters deserved a good and decent retirement...thank you.

Drew


- Drew Speirs