Board Members


President: Leonard Gallant – 

Leonard Gallant started as a shop steward in his Local 1779 shortly after starting his job in1999 as a carpenter at Pch, a few years later became president of his Local and also became the Health West representative on Division, In May of 2018 he became Vice President of Division then in 2019 was elected as CUPE PEI President. Leonard is also President of the Provincial Health council, and is the Regional Vice President for PEI

Vice-President: Karen Tsistinas –

Karen has worked as an Administrative Assistant with the PSB for the past 16 years.  Currently she holds the position of President of Local 1770 which represent PSB Administrative Support Staff, FLSB Administrative Support staff  and support staff of PEITF and Federation of Labour.  Karen also is the Vice President of CUPE PEI and has been appointed to sit on the PEI Labour Board.  Some past committees she sat on are the CUPE National Child Care Working group and most recently was co-chair of the CUPE National Resolutions Committee for the 2019 National Convention.   Karen is the mother of 4 grown children and 8 grandchildren and resides in Mermaid.

Secretary-Treasurer: Linda Jones –

Linda is a member of CUPE Local 3260. She works at Hernewood Intermediate School in West Prince as an Educational Assistant. She has been a CUPE member since 1998, and her CUPE activism began in 1999. Initially Linda served as VP for CUPE Local 3260 for 3 years. This was followed up as Treasurer for 8 years and then served as President and Past President for 7 years. She continues to serve as a Trustee and Pension Representative for Local 3260. Along with the service to the local, Linda is currently CUPE PEI Division Treasurer and has held that position for the past 9 years. Linda has been trained as a Member Facilitator and continues to be involved with the CUPE Schools offered on PEI. She has recently served a 2 year term as the National Co- Chair for the Education Sector and has assisted with the Sector Conference.
Linda lives in Alberton with her husband Bruce and enjoys life in the rural setting with family and friends.

Recording Secretary: Katie Morriscey –

Katie works in the Registrar’s Office at the University of Prince Edward Island. She has been a member of local 1870 since 2009. At the local level, she has sat as Trustee, Recording Secretary, and Secretary-Treasurer. She has been the Recording Secretary for CUPE PEI since 2016. She has sat on the National Childcare Working Group for CUPE, as well as a member of the 2017 National Convention Constitution Amendments committee, as the CUPE seat on the PEI Federation of Labour board, and various other committees. Katie lives in Cornwall with her husband, their son, and their 4 animals!

Education East: Karla Carnegie – MacDonald

I am from Scotland and moved to PEI in 2009, I now live in Montague with my Husband, two daughters and dog.I work as an Educational Assistant at Montague Consolidated School.I have been involved in CUPE since May 2017 when I was honoured to become Area East VP for CUPE Local 3260.It was a real eye-opener into our union and after my first CUPE National Convention in Toronto that same year, I was hooked!!Since that first experience I have sat on a variety of committees within my Local, including Health and Safety, Education, Labour Management and Unite For Fairness (now called Membership Engagement). I was also interested in learning more about how our union is involved at a provincial level, so I became the Education East Representative on the board of CUPE PEI in 2018. Being part of the board has given me more opportunities to get involved in CUPE in other provinces, by attending conventions, participating in protest marches and meeting members out with PEI. Although I am young in my CUPE career, I intend to broaden my knowledge and experiences whenever possible.I plan to contribute to this great union for many more years.


Education West: Crystal Paynter –

Crystal resides in Mill River with her husband Billy and together they have three grown boys.  Crystal has been involved with her local, Local 1770, since November, 2016.  Crystal serves as a Vice-President for the Westisle, TOSH, KISH/Kinkora family of schools as well as the Branch Office in Summerside.  Crystal sits on the Labour Management Committee and has been elected to CUPE PEI in May, 2019 as an Education West representative.  Crystal enjoys learning new things and has a true passion for connecting with people and she looks forward to working with everyone to help strengthen our Union.

Health East: Bobby Kennedy –

My name is Bobby Kennedy. I was elected to division in 2015 as eastern health rep. I am the Vice President of local 805. I also am a member facilitator for CUPE. I enjoy my seat on division working along side some great activists for our great union and look forward to doing so in the future.

Health West: Rhonda Mills –

Recording Secretary of the Health Council – for five (5) years;
Division as the Health West Representative for three (3) years;
I have sat on the National Health Care Issues Committee, and I am a member of the Health Coalition. Within my own Local 1051, I have been a Shop Steward, Treasurer and Vice-President. While on the Health Council I have been through one (1) round of bargaining; While on the National Health Care Issues Committee and Health Coalition I lobbied on parliament.


UPEI 1870 and 501 Security Police: Tracy Carmichael –

• Has been a member of CUPE since 2008
• Has been on the Executive since 2010.
• Have held Recording Secretary and President positions
• Has attended multiple National Conventions and Sector Council conference
• Attended the Bargaining Conference
• Took the CUPE Ombudsperson training and the Strike Preparation course
• Have sat on the National Post-Secondary Task Force for 3 terms. One term I was a co-chair.
• Have attended multiple CUPE PEI Division conventions
• Have been a member on CUPE PEI Division board for 2 terms

Municipalities: Charlottetown & Summerside, Municipal Police: Pauline Gass –

Hello, my name is Pauline Gass. I have been a proud CUPE member since July 2003, Local 830. For the last 16-yrs, I have been working with the Charlottetown Water & Sewer Utility as an Operations Clerk. While being with Local 830, I have been the Recording Secretary, Treasurer, Trustee and now the President. I am the first female president of Local 830, which is a male dominate work force. I have been on the Women’s Committee, Privatization Committee, Literacy Committee, Environment Committee, and I am the Municipal Sector Division Representative.
I have been a single mother since 1995 after my late husband passed away. I have an adult son, Brad, who I am extremely proud of. People often tell me that I did it right with him. I had lots of support from my family and friends. I went back to school, and received a diploma in Accounting & Executive Secretary. I have been volunteering with the QMJHL since 2003 when they came to Charlottetown (PEI Rocket then and now Charlottetown Islanders). I love volunteering. I currently chair the City’s Social Fund. I am the oldest of 4 children (there’s 2 girls & 2 boys). I grew up and went to school in Charlottetown.

Island EMS, Atlantic Nursing Home, Group Homes: Jason Woodbury –

Jason became Vice President of his local 3324 in 2006. In 2009 he was elected as President and elected on CUPE Division representing Island EMS, Atlantic Nursing Home, Group Homes. Jason lives with is daughter in St. Nicholas, PE. During his volunteer work with CUPE he has served on the Provincial Health and Safety Committee, National Contracting out and Privatization Committee and The National Health and Safety Committee. Jason’s passion is Health and Safety. In his home community, Jason is also very activate in volunteering. He is currently the Mayor of his small community and Fire Chief for Miscouche Fire Department.

Young Workers:  Kelsey Pollard

Kelsey Pollard is an islander born and raised. Kelsey grew up in argyle shore PEI and now resides in Crapaud PEI with her boyfriend Tyler. Kelsey has been an advance care paramedic with island EMS for 9 years, and has been a CUPE memeber since the beginning of her career. Kelsey became more active in CUPE 4 years ago when she was approached to sit on the CUPE national young workers commitee. Kelsey is also a trustee with her local 3324, and has recently became a member of the CUPE PEI executive.