Executive and stewards


Leonora Foster


Contact: 416-813-2269       cupelocal2816@gmail.com

My name is Leonora Foster and I am here to help all members in any way that I can, please connect with me if you have any concerns that require union intervention and i will be most happy to help with the issues. Please don’t forget to reach out to the rest of the team who will be available to respond as well.
Katherine White, Full-time Vice-President (Housekeeping)

Hello! I have worked at Sick Kids for 18 years as a PSA (Patient Service Aide). I have previously been Chief Steward for the Part time/Casual Staff and now hold the position of Chief Steward for 3 years for the full-time staff. I believe in a strong union, where knowledge is power and a knowledgeable membership makes their Executive Team a more powerful force.



Dean Pessanha, Secretary Treasurer (Plant Ops)

Contact: cupelocal2816@gmail.com

Dean is a Licensed Building Operator who has worked in Plant Operations for 6 years and has been employed at Sick Kids for 26 years since 1991. He initially started in Food Services and moved onto Housekeeping until he achieved his permanent full-time position as a Building Operator.


Michelle Collins, Recording Secretary (Housekeeping)

Contact: 416-813-2269                       recordingsecretary@gmail.com

Hello, my name is Michelle and I have worked at The Hospital for Sick Children for 19 years in the Housekeeping Department. I have worked as a trained Patient Service Aide on 7BCD Pediatric Medicine, Respiratory Medicine and Infectious Disease and moved onto Nephrology/Transplant/Chest/GI/Nutrition. Presently I am working as an Housekeeping Aide on the 4th floor covering GI Clinic, Psychiatry and Marnie’s Lounge. I’m currently a student at The University of Waterloo furthering my education in the Social Development Studies Program, pursuing a specialization degree in Social Policy and Social Action. At the heart of my accepting this position as Recording Secretary is to assist in making a difference to the local in which strength, connectivity, unity and respect for one another brings about change for the better.



Elieth Richards,  Full-time Chief Steward (PSA, Critical Care UNit) 







Donald Hall, Part-time Vice-President (Transport)

Contact: donald.hall@sickkids.ca

“Hi! I have worked in the hospital field for over 20 years. My 10 experience at Princess Margaret  Hospital  and 5 years work experience at Sunnybrook Hospital has given me different perspective on the functioning of the bargaining unit.

I’ve been an employee of Sick Kids since 2012. I work as a Linen Porter/Transport Aide on a permanent part-time basis. I have worked as a union steward at Sick Kids since 2013, I also possess previous union steward experience from the Police Services Union and SEIU.

 My motto is: “United We Stand, Divided We Fall”


Celeste Sansait, Part-time Steward (Emergency Department)

Contact: celeste.sansait@sickkids.ca

“Hi! I’ve been at Sick Kids for 8+ years , currently PPT in the Emergency Department  since 2011, and Union Shop Steward  since 2014. I’m also finishing up my 3rd year in the Bachelors of Nursing Program at Humber College/University of New Brunswick. I think at the heart of both jobs is an attitude of service , respect and gratefulness. Please Don’t hesitate to email me or stop by should you have any questions.”


 Arun Sood,

Full-time Steward (Plant Operation)

Arun has been working for The Hospital for Sick Kids since 2013. He is an established Electronics Technician who also holds a Health and Safety Licence from Sick Kids.

Contact: arun.sood@sickkids.ca



Jerry Nicholas, Steward (Plant Operations)