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Fabian MurphyNational President
Fabian Murphy was elected First National Executive Vice-President of the Agriculture Union at our 2011 Triennial Convention. He had previously served as Fourth National Executive Vice-President since 2008 and Regional Vice-President for our Eastern Atlantic members from 2002 to 2008.
Fabian became active in the Agriculture Union in 1984, when he was first elected secretary of what is now Local 1, in St. John’s. Over the years, he involved himself in education, political action, member representation and consultation with management.
Health and safety is a focus for Fabian. He is currently on leave from Agriculture and Agrifood Canada where he works as the Atlantic Regional Occupational Health and Safety Coordinator for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, providing training and advice to employees, supervisors, managers and local OH&S committees.
Fabian also chairs the Agriculture Union Finance and Communication Committee.
Fabian represents our members on many of our National Union Management Consultation Committees. His work on these Committees is aided by his personal experience with the broad diversity of occupational tasks carried out by Agriculture Union members. Prior to his current AAFC post, he worked as an agriculture research technician, a farm labourer and a power engineer.
The Agriculture Union’s National Executive is comprised of a National President and four National Executive Vice-Presidents. These five national officers are Agriculture Union members, elected by the delegates at our union’s National Triennial Convention.
The National President and First National Executive Vice-President are both full-time officers, based at the Agriculture Union’s National Office in Ottawa.
The National Executive ensures that our union’s resources are appropriately allocated and that its activities reflect the will of the membership. It meets four times a year.
Brief biographies and contact information for our other National Executive officers can be seen below.
The National Council serves as the Agriculture Union’s governing body between triennial conventions. Its members are directly elected by grassroots delegates at our union’s National Triennial Convention.
The National Council is made up of the National Executive and:
- Regional Vice-Presidents, who represent defined geographical regions of the country; and
- The National Director for Human Rights.
The National Council meets twice a year to oversee the operation of the union between conventions.
In addition to the National Executive, its current members, along with the Locals they represent, can be seen below.
Our Union is fortunate to have had a tradition of dedicated, effective National Presidents.
The individuals noted below have contributed immensely to the strength and success of today’s Agriculture Union. The asterisk indicates that the individual is deceased.
Bob Kingston 2008-2017
Larry Leng 1993-1999
D.K. Yost *1970-1981
Andy Stewart *
Life Membership is the highest honour the Agriculture Union can bestow on a member of our Union. The awarding of Life Memberships is decided by the National Council according to the direction provided in our by-laws:
“Life Membership may be awarded to any current and/or retired member who, through personal and devoted efforts in the affairs of this Union , has performed exemplary services for the membership.”
The uniqueness of this recognition is shown by the fact that there can only be 10 Life Memberships at any one time. Life Members who are deceased are also recognized on this page.
Below is the list of current Life Members of the Agriculture Union:
- Albert Burke
- Fred Coates
- Yves Ducharme
- Larry Leng
- R.S. Pani Panickar
- Claude Parent
- Gilles Pelletier
- Henriette Pollon
- Charles Prest
- Denis Sicard
- Raphaël Tarasco
Life members who have passed away:
- André Sénéchal
- A.I. (Andy) Stewart
- Howard Willems
- J.K. Yost