IAM Canadian General Vice-President David Chartrand has appointed Kim Valliere as the IAM representative to the Executive Board of the Ontario Federation of Labour. Valliere will be responsible for representing the IAM and the many issues IAM members face. She will also represent the voice of Ontario workers.
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.
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.
“Kim is the ideal person to represent our membership on the OFL executive board, she is well versed on the issues our members face, she is a passionate advocate and has been involved in political action in Ontario for many years. Kim will do a great job representing us and the labour movement in Ontario on the OFL team,” said IAM Canadian General Vice-President David Chartrand.