IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. has appointed Kim Valliere as a Special Representative assigned to Ontario Canada starting January 1, 2023. Valliere will be responsible for providing service and support to our members in Ontario.
A 32-year IAM member, Sister Valliere became a member of IAM Local Lodge 2330 (now Local Lodge 103) in 1990, when she was hired by Long Manufacturing (Dana Canada) in Cambridge, Ontario. She became a steward in 1991, served in various positions such as, negotiations committee member, Health and Safety Co-chair.
Kim was a certified instructor for the Workers Health and Safety Center, and Vice-President before becoming Local Lodge President in 2005. She served on the executive of the Ontario Provincial Council of Machinists (OPCM) first as an area Vice-President and then becoming President from 2010 through 2016.
“Kim is very passionate about and is deeply involved in the labour movement,” said IAM Canadian General Vice President David Chartrand. “She is a shining example and mentor to women in the IAM across Canada and she brings a strong work ethic to our team, we are happy to welcome her aboard.”
In 2013, Kim was selected for the mentoring program at District Lodge 78 where she became a Business Representative/Organizer, Kim has been District Lodge 78 Directing Business Representative since 2019.
“Sister Valliere’s passion and drive for our union and its mission has made her an exceptional leader,” said IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. “We’re so excited for the energy and work ethic that Kim is going to bring to our members across Canada.”
She has also served as executive board member on several community organizations such as; United Way, Labour Council, The Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Region and the Cambridge NDP Provincial and Federal Riding Association.