ELECTION CALL – October 2023

Between November 21-27, 2023 members will elect 2 table officers, and 11 RVP’s (2-year term) and 1 trustee (3-year term).
Election for Table Officer Positions:

Election for Trustee Position:

Elected by a vote of the membership in all regions.
Election for Regional Vice-President Positions:
BC Region
Alberta Region
Saskatchewan Region
Manitoba Region
Ontario Region 5A
Ontario Region 5B
National Office Region 6A
National Office Region 6B
National Office Region 6C
Maritimes Region
Atlantic Region 
Elected by a vote of the membership in their respective region.
Nominations will open October 31, 2023 and must be submitted to the Returning Officer by 4:00 p.m. EST on November 14, 2023; the day nominations close.
To be eligible for a nomination and election, a member must be in continuous good standing for twelve (12) consecutive months prior to date of nomination.
Your participation as a candidate or as an informed voter in Union elections is crucial because those you elect will help administer the affairs of the Union.
No nomination shall be accepted unless the member nominating has signed the nomination form and the member nominated has indicated on the form, or by other means, their willingness to stand for office.
Nominations must be sent in during the nomination period.  Any nominations received before or after the nomination period will not be accepted. 
A complete list of candidates for office will be posted on the Local Union website on November 15, 2023
After the closing of nominations all duly nominated candidates will be extended an opportunity to have a maximum of one (1) article included in the electronic voting system and posted on the Local Union website/social media. The article can include an active link to a website.
Kristen Bowman will serve as Returning Officer during the election. Voting will be conducted using electronic voting over seven days, November 21-27, 2023.
Personal email addresses should be received by the Returning Officer, Kristen Bowman via your RVP and no later than November 7, 2023, to ensure receipt of ballots. If you are unsure if we have your correct email on file, please reach out to your RVP to confirm.

In solidarity,
Brandi Kehoe
President, COPE Local 491
Campaign Rules
Campaigning cannot occur during work time.
Use of the Employer’s Teams chat or email to
circulate election material is not permitted.
Candidates are asked to always conduct themselves with dignity.
Any behaviour or material that undermines
the dignity or self-esteem of any individual
or creates an intimidating, hostile or
offensive environment will not be tolerated.
Each duly nominated candidate may submit a maximum of one (1) article (PDF) to be published on the Local Union Website and included in the electronic voting system. 
Website posting of articles begin November 15, 2023.
Kristen Bowman
Returning Officer, COPE Local 491

October 30, 2023
Election Call 

November 7, 2023
Personal email address deadline 

October 31, 2023
Nominations open 

November 14, 2023 4:00 p.m. EST
Nominations Close 

November 15, 2023
Complete list of candidates will be posted on the Union’s Website
Website posting of articles begin 

November 21-27, 2023