Toronto, ON – Effective January 1, 2019, the new Directing Business Representative of IAM District Lodge 78, is Sister Kim Valliere. She replaces Derek Ferguson who was appointed as Grand Lodge Special Representative for Political Action.
Kim became a member of IAM Local Lodge 2230 in 1990, when she was hired as production worker at Long Manufacturing (Dana Canada) in Cambridge, Ontario. She became a steward in 1991, then served in positions of Health and Safety Co-chair, Workers Health and Safety Center certified instructor, and Vice President before becoming Local Lodge President in 2005.
Valliere has served on the executive of the Ontario Provincial Council of Machinists (OPCM) becoming President in 2010 through 2016.
In 2013, Kim was selected for the mentoring program at District Lodge 78 becoming a Business Representative/Organizer in January 2014.
A 29 year IAM member, Kim has served as executive board member on several community organizations such as; The Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Region, United Way of Waterloo, Waterloo Regional Labour Council, and the Cambridge NDP Provincial and Federal Riding Association.