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Executive committee and provincial council

Who are the members of the executive committee?

Executive committee 

Andrée Poirier

president

Andrée Poirier is a social worker who spent over 20 years working in psychiatry at the Centre hospitalier Pierre-Janet in the Outaouais region. Actively involved in the union, she was responsible for various matters including the Human Resources Development Program, and co-chaired the Joint Health and Safety Committee (CPSST).

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After serving as president on the CSSS de Gatineau local executive, she was elected APTS provincial representative for the Outaouais region and was a member of the feminist action committee and the task team on Lean projects.

From November 2018 to November 2019, Andrée Poirier served as secretary to the provincial executive committee, playing a significant political role in teams responsible for the APTS constitution and by-laws, for provincial decision-making bodies, and for union organizing. She also contributed to the work of the consultation committee on youth centres, the ad hoc committee in charge of reviewing the by-law on local budgets and equalization allowances, and the committee that developed the handbook on local union responsibilities.

Social causes and fighting for women’s rights have always been at the heart of her concerns, and for close to a decade, she has been speaking publicly to call for union solidarity and to demand social justice.

Emmanuel Breton

1st vice-president

A specialized education technician since 2005, Emmanuel Breton has worked in high schools and in the youth centre and mental health sectors.

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In his region (Estrie), he has increased APTS visibility through frequent appearances in the media and a strong social media presence. After serving as a mobilization/information officer (AMI) for bargaining on his local executive in 2013-2014, he became a union executive officer. He was elected to the Provincial Council in 2015 and served as APTS provincial representative at the CIUSSS de l’Estrie-CHUS until he was elected 3rd vice-president to the provincial executive committee in 2019 and 1st vice-president in 2021.  

Véronic Lapalme

2nd vice-president

Véronic Lapalme worked as an educator in a youth centre in New Brunswick (2005-2007), a social worker in a shelter for women in distress (2007-2011), and a human relations officer dealing with elder abuse (2011-2016).

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She was vice-president of her student association while studying for her master’s in social work at UQAM, before joining her local executive for West Central Montréal and taking charge of communications and mobilization. Elected to the Provincial Council in 2016, she has been provincial representative for teams at the CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal (2017-2019), the CIUSSS du Nord-de-l’Île-de-Montréal (2017), and the CISSS de Laval (2016-2017), as well as a member of the consultation committee on addiction rehabilitation centres.  

Benoit Audet

3rd vice-president

A union activist since 1998, Benoit Audet became active in the APTS in 2009 as local union president at the CSSS de Thérèse-De Blainville. The union greatly benefitted from his 15 years’ experience as a community organizer.

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Over the past few years, he has been the provincial representative for Montérégie-Centre and president of the local executive for the Laurentians region. In July 2020, he joined the provincial executive committee to help cover an increased workload. He has been serving as 3rd vice-president since March 2021.

Laure Letarte-Lavoie

4th vice-president

Laure Letarte-Lavoie is a social worker who was employed by the CIUSSS de l’Estrie-CHUS. Her master’s in social work focused on the erosion of the social safety network and, by extension, of public services.

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As vice-president, then president of her local executive in the Estrie region, she has always been socially engaged in her community and proactively involved in mobilization. A committed feminist and activist, she joined the provincial executive committee in November 2019.  

Mélanie Bernier

5th vice-president

Trained as a dietetics technician, Mélanie Bernier was president of the local APTS executive at the CSSS de Rimouski from 2007 to 2014, after which she was elected provincial representative for the Capitale-Nationale region and then the Bas-Saint-Laurent region.

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She was member of the occupational health and safety and sustainable development committee and the committee mandated to review the by-law on local budgets and equalization allowances. She is also a member of the provincial feminist action committee. She has been elected to the executive committee in January 2020.

Fabienne Chabot

secretary

After nearly fifteen years of alternating between union work and clinical work in occupational therapy, Fabienne Chabot was elected to the provincial executive committee in November 2019.

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In previous years, she had been the provincial representative for the APTS team at the CISSS de la Montérégie-Est. During this period, from 2016 to 2019, she helped ensure APTS visibility as part of various regional coalitions. She oversees work related to the APTS constitution and provincial decision-making bodies.

Sébastien Pitre

treasurer

Trained as a special education technician, Sébastien Pitre worked in youth centres, and particularly in rehabilitation units, for more than 15 years. Defending the interests of APTS members will always be at the heart of his priorities.

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He has been an APTS member since integrated centres were established and youth centres became part of them. He joined his APTS local executive in the Gaspé, acting as treasurer, and then became a member of the Monitoring Committee before being elected treasurer on the provincial executive committee in February 2021.  

 

Who are the members of the provincial council?

Our provincial council is made up of members of the provincial executive: Andrée Poirier, president, Emmanuel Breton, 1st vice-president, Véronic Lapalme, 2nd vice-president, Benoit Audet, 3rd vice-president, Laure Letarte-Lavoie, 4th vice-president, Mélanie Bernier, 5th vice-president, Sébastien Pitre, treasurer, Fabienne Chabot, secretary,  and provincial representatives from the various regions served by our members. 

For province-wide contract talks, these members of the Provincial Council and the national and local bargaining coordinators form a national bargaining committee.

Another body, the Monitoring Committee, makes sure that the union’s financial management is sound and complies with decisions adopted by the Convention and the General Council. It is composed of four members elected at the Convention from among the delegates, excluding members of the Provincial Council.

 

PROVINCIAL REPRESENTATIVES BY REGION

 

Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Claudie Beaudoin, provincial APTS representative for Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Bas-Saint-Laurent

Simon Dubé, Bas-Saint-Laurent

Simon Dubé, provincial APTS representative for Bas-Saint-Laurent

Capitale-Nationale

Steve St-Onge

Steve St-Onge, APTS provincial representative for Capitale-Nationale (CHU de Québec)

Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal

Caroline Letarte-Simoneau

Caroline Letarte-Simoneau, provincial APTS representative for Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal

Chaudière-Appalaches

Représentant Chaudière-Appalaches

Jean-François Travers, provincial APTS representative in Chaudière-Appalaches

CH de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM)

Nathalie Chalifoux

Nathalie Chalifoux, provincial APTS representative at the CHUM

Côte-Nord

Maude Fréchette

Maude Fréchette, provincial APTS representative for Côte-Nord

Estrie

Danny Roulx

Danny Roulx, provincial APTS representative for Estrie (replacing Marc Richard)

Gaspésie

Jenny Tardif

Jenny Tardif, provincial APTS representative for Gaspésie

Lanaudière

Steve Garceau

Steve Garceau, provincial APTS representative for Lanaudière

Laurentides

Marie-Ève Meilleur

Marie-Ève Meilleur, provincial APTS representantive for Laurentides

Laval

Natacha Pelchat

Natacha Pelchat, provincial APTS representative for Laval

 

Mauricie-Centre-du-Québec

Jean-Christophe Côté-Benoit

Jean-Christophe Côté-Benoit, provincial APTS representative for Mauricie-Centre-du-Québec (replacing Pascale Leclair-Gingras)

McGill University Health Centre (MUHC)

Josée Fréchette

Josée Fréchette, provincial APTS representative at CUSM

Montérégie-Centre

Robert Comeau

Robert Comeau, provincial APTS representative for Montérégie-Centre

Montérégie-Est

Émilie Charbonneau

Émilie Charbonneau, provincial APTS representative for Montérégie-Est

Montérégie-Ouest

Francis Collin

Francis Collin, provincial APTS representative for Montérégie-Ouest

Nord-de-l'Île-de-Montréal

Daniel Dubé

Daniel Dubé, provincial APTS representative for Nord-de-l'Île-de-Montréal

Ouest-de-l'Île-de-Montréal

Josée Asselin

Josée Asselin, provincial APTS representative for Ouest-de-l'Île-de-Montréal

Outaouais

Christine Prégent

Christine Prégent, provincial APTS representative for Outaouais

Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean

Nancy Poulin

Nancy Poulin, provincial APTS representative for Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean

West-Central Montréal

Teresa Muccari

Teresa Muccari, provincial APTS representative for Centre-Ouest-de-l'Île-de-Montréal