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Blythe Gunson ~ Administrative Assistant

Sister Blythe 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.

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Brent MacDonald ~ Trustee

Brother Brent 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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Bret O'Neill ~ Organizer/Business Representative

Brother Bret 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. 

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Drew Speirs ~ Trustee

Brother Drew has been a Teamster member for over 33 years, all of them with Island Farms Dairy, now known as Natrel, in Victoria. Drew, who is a Machine Operator in the Ice Cream Department, has been a Union activist his entire career, and has been a Shop Steward for the past 5 years.

Drew has also served as a Retirement Committee member and as a member of the negotiating committee and was appointed Trustee in February 2015. 

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Jennifer Thuncher ~ Administrative Assistant

Sister Jennifer is the newest member of our team and the friendly voice you hear when you call in to the office.

Jennifer brings with her a wealth of experience and strong social democratic values. Jennifer’s background includes a career in teaching and social and community service.

Her attention to detail and enthusiasm has her spearheading projects and liaising with our members.

Jennifer also volunteers with the Teamsters' Committee with Variety – the Children’s Charity.

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Lindsay Macpherson ~ Trustee

Sister Lindsay 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.

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Lori Joyce ~ Office Manager

Sister Lori 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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Mike Christensen ~ President and Business Representative

Brother Mike has been a Teamster since 1996. Participating in the only strike in the Local’s history as an employee at The Original Cakerie, Mike has seen the positive effect of strong Teamsters leadership. In his 19 years as a Union activist Mike has held the role of Chief Shop Steward and workplace safety advocate as well as Trustee on the Local’s Executive Board. 

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Paul Barton ~ Secretary-Treasurer and Principal Officer

Brother Paul has been a Teamster since 1991. Having been employed in both the dairy and bakery industries serves 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 work place 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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Testimonial

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

"I was employed for many years at a Teamster company that was shut down due to the economy. Because of my age, I was worried about starting over. Bobby, Bob and Paul not only negotiated a much better severance package than was in the contract, but they also went the extra mile and got me on at one of their other companies with an even better contract.They continued to help me even though it wasn't their job to."

- Armando Borean

"I have been a member of Teamsters Local 464 for 23 years and have seen many of the executives come and go. Some of the previous executives nearly ran the Local into bankruptcy including losing our pension.  Bobby Kornhass, Bob Ryder and Paul Barton brought us back from the brink. Since they took over in 2000, we at Dairyland (Saputo) have had the best contracts I have seen since I have been there."

- Randy Onyschak