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Kevin Champagne

President

Kevin completed his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Manitoba in 2000.  Upon arrival to his first job on 7A south at the St. Boniface hospital, he was volunteered to become the unit’s Ward Representative.  Moving to Calgary in May of 2001, Kevin accepted a position at the Foothills Medical Centre (FMC) in general surgery on unit 102.  Within a year of arriving to Calgary his activism within the union was in full swing, once again becoming a Ward Representative.  He became a Professional Responsibility Concern Committee member which ignited his passion for social justice.  His career transitioned to various areas developing his experience as a Registered Nurse and growing within the United Nurses of Alberta (UNA).   Over the next 5 years, Kevin worked in various areas including research and rural medicine in Claresholm, before finding his niche in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at FMC.  He has previously completed one term as a provincial counsellor for the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta and has represented the South Central District of UNA on the provincial Joint Committee.  As the running President of Local 115 for the last twelve years, Kevin has represented nurses tirelessly through grievances and patient and individual safety concerns, with a mandate of always being at your side.   

 
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Wayne Stopa

Vice president

Having spent time working in EMS and as an LPN, Wayne finished with a Baccalaureate degree in Nursing from Mount Royal College in 2004.  He became active in the union shortly after graduation, beginning as a Unit/Ward Representative in Neurology while working as a Registered Nurse at the Foothills Medical Centre and continuing the role during transition into the Emergency Department in 2006.  From 2014 - 2016 he served as the Executive Secretary of Local 115 and, in 2017, was elected into and currently serves as, the Local’s Vice-President. To date, Wayne supports  Local 115’s Occupational Health and Safety and Professional Responsibility Concern Committees, is involved in the Calgary District Labour Council, and spends time lobbying government for Pharmacare and universal child care for all. 

 
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Sheldon Vogt

Secretary

Sheldon graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the College of the Rockies/University of Victoria transfer program in 2011 after finishing a final practicum in the Emergency Department at the Royal Jubilee Hospital. His career has been spent working as a Registered Nurse at Foothills Medical Centre in a variety of areas including surgical orthopedics, general neurology, stroke and acute medicine. He has also spent time assisting in research with the Calgary Stroke Program and served a year as a Unit Manager in Neurology. Sheldon’s involvement with Local 115 of the United Nurses of Alberta began as a member of the Communication Committee in 2015 writing articles for the quarterly newsletter such as “The Benefit of Having Benefits - Maternity Leave”, “Bullying”, “A Crash Course in Workplace Accommodation”, and “A Nurse’s Guide to Privacy”.  Sheldon was elected into the role of Executive Secretary in 2017 and now serves as chair of the Communication Committee. His primary purpose is to serve the members of Local 115 by upholding a primary obligation in Collective Agreement administration while increasing membership engagement across the Local.

 
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James Cooke

Treasurer

James graduated from nursing at Mount Royal College in 1995 and most recently completed a graduate degree in leadership studies at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC.  A nurse for over 24 years, James has experience in medical nursing, nephrology, emergency department, neonatal ICU, palliative care, nursing education, program development and clinical management. During the 1990’s downturn, he worked in California, Texas and Washington, returning back home to Calgary 15 years later.  James’s healthcare interests lie in improving patient outcomes, enhancing patient safety, building stronger teams, creating healthier work environments and challenging systemic problems.  Elected to a PRC position in December 2017, he was appointed Co-Chair of the Joint PRC Committee in March 2018.  In November 2018, James was elected to the Treasurer role for Local 115.