Your Executive

The Union of Northern Workers is lead by its Executive, which governs the UNW between conventions. The Executive is elected at the UNW Triennial Convention, where delegates meet to decide issues of policy and set the direction for the UNW.

Your Current UNW Executive
(as of  February 2021)

President - Todd Parsons
First Vice President - Gayla Thunstrom
Second Vice President - Sean Dalton
RVP Somba K'e - Josée-Anne Spirito
RVP Fort Smith - Lauraine Armstrong,
RVP Hay River - VACANT
RVP Deh Cho - Christina Holman
RVP Beaufort Delta/Sahtu - John Dempster
RVP North Great Slave - VACANT
RVP Kimberlite - Kurt Bergstrom
Equity Vice President - Melvin Larocque   

If a Regional Vice President or Equity Vice President has to step down during the three year cycle, an election is run by mail ballot to all signed members of that Region - PLEASE SEE INFORMATION BELOW REGARDING THE ELECTION FOR RVP HAY RIVER.

UNW Full Executive Standing Committees


Gayla Thunstrom - Chair; Josée-Anne Spirito


Lauraine Armstrong - Chair; Sean Dalton, Melvin Larocque


Sean Dalton, Christina Holman


FALL 2020

Hay River RVP Vacancy:

The official Nomination Call for all members interested in running for the position of the Regional Vice-President (RVP) of the Hay River Region was mailed to members' home addresses on file this week.

The Duties of Officers, including the Regional Vice-Presidents, are listed in the Union of Northern Workers’ By-Laws:

Below is the nomination form for this position:

To be eligible to run for the position of RVP, you must:

  1. be a current UNW member in good standing, in the Hay River Region,
  2. show that you have been active within the union at least one full (continuous) year as a Local Officer. You are required to provide the details related to your involvement at the Local level at the same time you submit your nomination to the election committee.
  3. have a nominator and seconder who are current members in good standing from the Hay River Region

DEADLINE: All nominations must be returned to the nominations committee no later than 5:00 pm on December 23, 2020.

The mailing address is:
Union of Northern Workers
Suite 400, 4910 53rd Street
Yellowknife, NT  X1A 1V2

Nominations may also be scanned and emailed to:

Fax nominations will also be accepted at: 867-920-4448. Please see special notices on the Nomination Call.

If you are interested in this position and require additional information, please contact the Director of Finance and Administration, Kim Bailey at the UNW.


Triannual RVP Elections:

All RVP elections have concluded! In accordance with UNW By-laws and Regulations, the outcome of these elections will be confirmed and announced at the UNW Triennial Convention in 2021, with the exception of the two listed below.

**Announced as the position was vacant at the time of the election:
Kimberlite - ACCLAIMED: Kurt Bergstrom, from Local 3050
**Announced due to a recent resignation:
Beaufort Delta-Sahtu - ELECTED: John Dempster, from Local 3
Thank you to all members who put their names forward and voted.
Todd Parsons President
Gayla Thunstrom First Vice President
Sean Dalton Second Vice President
Josée-Anne Spirito Regional Vice President Somba K'e
Lauraine Armstrong Regional Vice President Fort Smith
VACANT Regional Vice President Hay River
John Dempster Regional Vice President Beaufort Delta-Sahtu
Christina Holman Regional Vice President Deh Cho
Kurt Bergstrom Regional Vice President Kimberlite
VACANT Regional Vice President North Great Slave
Melvin Larocque Equity Vice President