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UWOSA is an independent union representing approximately 860 administrative and technical staff at the University of Western Ontario. Our members work in every area of the University in a wide variety of roles. We are Academic Counselling Assistants, Admissions Coordinators, Animal Care Technicians, Booth Attendants, Computer Specialists, Dental Assistants, Drivers, Events Coordinators, Faculty Affairs Assistants, Graduate Coordinators, Horticultural Technicians, Laboratory Supervisors, Library Assistants, OSAP Coordinators, Prospect Researchers, Research Assistants, Residence Clerks, Schedulers, Secretaries, Storeskeepers, Technical Supervisors and Undergraduate Assistants (and so much more).

UWOSA Elections - Result of Call for Nominations

Following are the officers acclaimed for the 2016-2018 electoral year:

President: John Critchley
Vice-President: Meg Perinpanayagam
Chief Steward: Val Van DOmelen
Treasurer: James Taron
Health & Safety Officer: Cleusa De Oliveira
Membership Services Officer: Katie Merchant
Secretary: Heather Guizzetti

Stewards Council
Dentistry: Catherine Saunders
Education: Susanna Green
Engineering: Karen McDonald
Health Sciences: Jackie Windsor
Science: Jennifer Heidenheim

An election will be held for the following Steward position:

Social Science
Maureen O'Connell
Mary Van De Ven

Tiffany Trudgeon
Chair, UWOSA Elections Committee

Pay Equity and Job Evaluation Update

For those of you who were unable to attend the December UWOSA General meeting, please go to the Members Only section, Pay Equity and UWOSA members section for a recent update regarding pay equity and job evaluation.

~Meg Perinpanayagam, President

Final Reminder - UWOSA Elections Deadline Friday, January 29th

Dear Members,

Just a reminder that the deadline for Nomination Forms is this Friday, January 29, 2016. Nomination Forms and other information concerning the election can be found at the UWOSA website (

Should you have any questions or would like any more information, please contact me or any member of the Elections Committee: Francisco Bautista-Cruz, Sharon Campbell, Will Harris, Mary Hay (ex officio), Rodger Moran, Ann Seabrook, and Connie Sutherland.

Thank you,


Tiffany Trudgeon, Chair
UWOSA Elections Committee

UWOSA Valentine's Day Luncheon – Thursday, February 11

Annual Valentine's Day Luncheon

Please mark your calendars for our Annual Valentine's Day Lunch: Thursday, February 11 in the Great Hall, Somerville House. The luncheon is free and is an excellent way to connect with your fellow UWOSA members!

There will be two seatings for lunch: Noon or 1:00 p.m.

You may pick up your ticket in the UWOSA office, UCC room 255 from:

Noon - 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 28
Noon - 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 29

Please bring your Western ONECard and/or UWOSA card with you.

If you are unable to pick up your tickets yourself, please email your Area Steward (see below for a list of Stewards) and ask for assistance.

If you do not have a Steward in your area, and aren’t able to make it to pick up your ticket in person, please email me at

If you have any special dietary needs, please email by February 4th with the subject “February 11 UWOSA Lunch.” **This includes if you require a vegetarian meal.

This year, we will be collecting monetary donations for Wellspring at the Luncheon. Wellspring is a network of community-based support centres offering programs and services that meet the emotional, social, practical and restorative needs of people living with cancer and those who care for them.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Heather Guizzetti, Membership Services Officer
on behalf of the Membership, Newsletter, and Social Committee

List of UWOSA Stewards:

Area Steward
ACVS, Robarts Open
Arts & Humanities, Music Chrisanthi Skalkos
Dentistry Leesa Couper
Education Susanna Green
Engineering Karen McDonald
Facilities Management Open
Finance, HR, ITS, IPB Lori Johnson
Health Sciences Jackie Windsor
Housing & Hospitality Services Jen Gilchrist
Information & Media Studies Open
Ivey Business Clarissa Reynolds
Law Duncan Archibald
Libraries David Murphy
Libraries Evan Wiley
Libraries (alternate) Crystal Mills
Medicine - Basic Clinical Open
Medicine - Basic Science Open
Medicine - Clinical Catherine Saunders
Medicine - Dean's Office Maureen O'Connell
Retail Services Lotte Huxley
Science Chunhui Li
Science Jennifer Heidenheim
Social Science Mary Van de Ven
Social Science (alternate) Jacqueline Saunders
Student Services Arzie Chant
VP External, VP Research Open

2016 UWOSA Retreat – March 12, 2016

UWOSA is happy to present “Reflect and Renew” its 7th Annual Retreat on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at the Windermere Manor from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Registration is free for all UWOSA members, but spaces are limited, so please register early.

Presenters this year include:

• Dr. Jamie Richards, Life Design Consultant, will present simple techniques to enhance how you move, eat, and think.
• Craig Morrisson, McMahon, Morrison & Watts, will present how social media postings may affect your job.
• Your UWOSA representatives will be presenting sessions on supervision vs. bullying and your rights under the collective agreement.
• Gilles Bernard, London Hypnotherapy Centre, is our keynote speaker, who will talk about staying focused.

Attached is copy of the Retreat announcement and registration form (bottom half of the announcement). You may also download the flyer from our website,

If you would like a hard copy of the Retreat flyer/form, please contact

We look forward to seeing you then.

Meg Perinpanayagam

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