About Local 069

AUPE Local 69 consists of Athabasca University support staff. We are one local (069) and one chapter (001), with approximately 288 members. We are located in multiple locations in the province (Athabasca, Calgary, Edmonton and St. Albert). We also have some liaison staff in other cities where collaboration programs exist.


Athabasca University petition - Support AU - please click here.




Local 69 Executive

(elected at the May 30, 2017 AGM):

Chair - Wendy Jewell, ext. 6205 email: wendyj@athabascau.ca

Vice-Chair - Ken Krawec, ext. 6323  email: kenk@athabascau.ca 

Secretary - Dianna Freh ext. 6169   email: diannaf@athabascau.ca

Treasurer - Gisele Boisvert, ext. 6231  email: giseleb@athabascau.ca

Provincial Executive Rep. - Bonnie Nahornick, ext. 2901 email: bonnien@athabascau.ca

Alternate PE Rep. - Heath Bowen, ext. 6390 email: heathb@athabascau.ca

MSO (Membership Services Officers)


MSO - Athabasca - Gloria Rein   email: g.rein@aupe.org 

MSO - Calgary - Simon Davenport    email: s.davenport@aupe.org

MSO - Edmonton - Christine Sharp   email:  c.sharp@aupe.org

For a copy of the poster  - Local 69 Executive and the MSO's (to post on an AUPE Bulletin Board), please click here.



Local 69 Union Stewards

If you have any questions or need assistance with anything please do not hesitate to contact any union steward.

Wendy Jewell, ext. 6205 email: wendyj@athabascau.ca

Bonnie Nahornick, ext. 2901 email: bonnien@athabascau.ca

Help make a difference!   Consider becoming a union steward.  


AGM Meeting will me held on May 30, 2017 - from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm



Oct. 19, 2015 - 

VP Mike Dempsey, Local 069 Chair Wendy Jewel, member Mike McLean (Athabasca University), and CUPE Local 2157 president James Reid (Keyano College) met with the Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education Lori Sigurdson in Fort McMurray Oct. 19 to discuss issues of concern involving advanced education support staff across the province, and in particular Athabasca.


L to R:VP Mike Dempsey, Wendy Jewell, Lori Sigurdson, Mike McLean and CUPE Local 2157 President James Reid (Keyano College).


Your AUPE Executive (Elected Oct. 23, 2015) 

Guy Smith, President

Jason Heistad, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Mike Dempsey, Vice-President 

*Erez Raz, Vice-President *News Update*

**Bonnie Gostola (Elected 2016 Convention)

Carrie-Lynn Rusznak, Vice-President

Glen Scott, Vice-President

Susan Slade, Vice-President

Karen Weiers, Vice-President 

Bill 4 Know your Bargaining Rights - for

more information please click here.

Learn how new labour laws may affect you.

March 23, 2017

Points West Living - Cold Lake Lockout (100 days locked out)

Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPOKYOtoAAQ&feature=youtu.be&t=147

"We are fighting in our first collective agreement for issues within the building that significantly reduce the quality of care of our residents – things such as training, staffing issues and erratic scheduling.

 …We’re asking for some transparency and making them aware of the situation and the crisis across the province with seniors care.”





AUPE in the News:

Pension Training 2016  (PSPP and LAPP)

AUPE is collaborating with APSC  to provide pension training to members. APSC administers both the Public Service Pension Plan (PSPP) and the Local Authorities Pension Plan (LAPP), both of which help secure many AUPE members for their retirement. The two-hour presentation will cover topics like how pensions are calculated, early retirement provisions, retirement options, buy back service, and others.   (APSC = Alberta Pensions Services Corporation)




The following sessions are scheduled in 2016:

·         Lethbridge September 15, 2016

·         Calgary September 28, 2016

·         Edmonton November  03, 2016

Please note that members will be approved for a maximum of four hours time-off only as this is a three hours training.  In addition, the pension training is available for members within the specified locations only.  Further training will be coordinated and scheduled at a later time for other locations. Members must RSVP for the appropriate seminar, as morning sessions in each location will be specific to PSPP and afternoon sessions will be specific to LAPP. For more information and registration related questions, please visit the AUPE website at 


Collective Agreements for the Education Sector Locals: http://www.aupe.org/my-union/education/education-collective-agreements/

Metro Calgary Article (Feb. 23, 2015) Fears arise that Alberta's AU will be lost

President MacKinnon's emailto staff and students (Feb. 24/15)

Seniors Care Crisis:

AUPE has released a documentary film examining the state of  seniors care!  Numbers on a Page: the Seniors Care Crisis in Alberta explores Alberta Health Services’ closure of small town long-term care facilities and the devastating effect on families and communities.  A trailer for the documentary can be viewed at www.putseniorsfirst.com

For more information, contact:

 Karen Weiers, AUPE Vice-President: (403) 561-2482
 Glen Scott, AUPE Vice-President: (403) 479-4508
 Merryn Edwards, AUPE communications officer: (780) 592-1951



Pay and Social Equity Brochure is here. 

How Much do you know about Pay Equity?  Click here.

Pay Equity - what is it?  Powerpoint Presentation is here. 

Petition to enact Pay Equity Legislation is here.  Please print, sign and circulate and then forward to an AUPE Union Steward. 


Upcoming AUPE Convention Dates:

Convention 2017  - Wednesday, October 18, 2017 (registration) Thursday, October 19, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 Saturday, October 21, 2017

Convention 2018  - Wednesday, October 10, 2018 (registration) Thursday, October 11, 2018 Friday, October 12, 2018 Saturday, October 13, 2018

Previous Conventions: 

Local 69 Convention Delegates and Observers (Oct. 22 to Sat. Oct. 24, 2015):  Wendy Jewell, Jerry Nolan (Observer), Heath Bowen, Kendrick Richards, Richard Nolan and Bonnie Nahornick.

Convention 2016  - Wednesday, October 12, 2016 (registration) Thursday, October 13, 2016 Friday, October 14, 2016 Saturday, October 15, 2016 Delegates: Wendy Jewell, Bonnie Nahornick, Aretha Smith, Kendrick Richards and Richard Nolan. Observers: Ken Krawec, Dianna Freh and Heath Bowen.    Election for one VP position this year (as VP E. Raz has a new job with AUPE in OH and S at the end of Oct.)


ALHI (Alberta Labour History Institute): http://www.labourhistory.ca/default.asp?mode=webpage&id=176 

2015 AUPE Convention Minutes

2014 AUPE Convention Minutes