When she became Secretary-Treasurer of CUPE Ontario in 2010, Sister Candace Rennick made history, becoming the youngest person and first woman elected to that position. Now she’s added a few more historic milestones for our union, becoming the first ever CUPE Ontario officer and first member of the CUPE National Executive Board to have a baby while in office.
On February 5th, Candace welcomed Jackson Francis Michael weighing in at 7lbs, 2oz and 21.5 inches long.
“I am absolutely thrilled to be embarking on this new journey and can’t thank the CUPE Ontario Executive Board and the members enough for the overwhelming, incredible and generous support I have received,” said Sister Rennick. “Having a child certainly reinforces my determination to fight for the all of the things that are important, not only to CUPE members, but to the generation that will follow us.”
“This is a historic milestone for CUPE, not just in Ontario, but all across the country and it’s remarkable that it has taken this long! About time if you ask me,” said CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn. “Candace is an inspirational and ground-breaking leader in our union and I know members across Ontario can’t wait to meet and welcome Jackson into our CUPE Ontario family.”
Sister Rennick will be taking a short maternity leave, but will continue active oversight of CUPE Ontario’s finances. She will be at our CUPE Ontario convention to report to the membership. The Executive Board is now enacting a plan, based on Candace’s request, that balances time for her new family and her clear desire to maintain her political accountability to our union.