At UFCW 1518, we believe that we are stronger together. Everyone deserves safe and respectful working conditions and a healthy community. By continuing to win fights for fairness, organize workers in diverse industries, and support causes that benefit communities, we can improve quality of life for all British Columbians.
We improve quality of life for our members and their communities by standing together to fight for fairness. We are a democratic, member-led union that is built on a foundation of integrity and respect. We work hard for our members, fighting for higher wages, better benefits, job security and fair treatment. We also use our voice to speak up on issues that impact our communities, such as implementing a living wage and standing against discrimination.
We trace our roots to 1899, when a group of retail clerks in Vancouver met to discuss how they could improve their working conditions. Since then, we have established a track record of winning key battles for our members. We are known as the leading experts on worker’s rights in the retail food and industrial food processing industries. Today, we represent over 20,000 workers in a diverse range of industries, including community health, seasonal agriculture, and professional services. Learn more about our history here.
UFCW 1518 Elected Executives
Ivan Limpright has been fighting for fairness for workers since the 1970s and his time as a warehouseman at Overwaitea. During more than three decades of service with UFCW 1518, he has held a range of positions, from chief shop steward and union representative to executive board member and Secretary-Treasurer.
Elected as president in 2006, Ivan’s vision for UFCW 1518 remains the same today: to serve members with fairness and respect, to amplify their voices with conviction, and to address their concerns with care. Ivan brings his passion for lifelong learning to the work of the union, supporting the personal development of members, leaders and staff. Under his leadership, UFCW 1518 has developed new strategies for positive change, deepening its commitment to improving the lives of members and their families. Whether it’s protecting job security and improving wages for members or working for a living wage and affordable child care in our communities, Ivan promises nothing less than his best.
Secretary - Treasurer
For Kim Novak, the heart of the union is its members. She is a passionate advocate for social justice who draws upon her experience as a Safeway clerk in fighting for what’s right for members. Although she once considered a future in the legal profession, Kim’s job as a summer student for UFCW 1518 showed her the power of organized labour to make a real difference in workers’ lives.
After graduating with a degree in history from the University of British Columbia in 2007, Kim worked at the union in various positions, including communication representative, union representative and director. Now, as Secretary-Treasurer, Kim is committed to bringing about change on issues that matter to members. Since taking office in 2015, she spearheaded the communications refresh and organizational rebrand project in order to better communicate with members, allies and the media. Her long term goal is for UFCW 1518 to become a leader in human rights and equity, fighting for fairness one member at a time.
Executive Board Members
UFCW 1518 believes that by being a member-led and democratic union we are stronger in standing together in our fight for fairness. Our Executive Board consists of rank and file members from across the province, elected by our membership.
Christine Holowka – Save-On Foods, Prince George
Connie Buckner – Cowichan Home Support, Duncan
Danette Lankmayr – Safeway, Surrey
Dave Diamond – Save-On-Foods, Kelowna
Dave Wilson – WE Insurance, Burnaby
David Gutierrez – Save-On-Foods, Surrey
Eleanor Smith – Penticton Home Support, Penticton
Erin Moore – Safeway, Coquitlam
Jennifer Vecchio – Nelson Home Support, Nelson
Kari-Anne Neave – Overwaitea, Burns Lake
Ken Bellows – Colonial Farms, Armstrong
Kevin Sparkes – Sunrise Poultry, Maple Ridge
Laura Cipolato – Save-On-Foods, North Vancouver
Lazina Sahib – Save-On-Foods, Langley
Linda Wilson – Port Alberni Home Support, Port Alberni
Matt Rose – Safeway, Cranbrook
Michelle Metcalfe – Shoppers Drug Mart, Coquitlam
Nanette Fredericks – Mackenzie Co-op, Mackenzie
Peter Dombrowski – Safeway, Chilliwack
Robert Milan – Safeway, Kelowna
Ronda Melbourne – Save-On-Foods, Vernon
Sherry Earl – Overwaitea, Fernie
Stefan Nielsen – Safeway, Vancouver
Susan Bayly – Save-On-Foods, Victoria
Virgilio Encarnacion – Sofina Foods, Port Coquitlam
Wes Schellenberg – Save-On-Foods, Clearbrook
UFCW 1518 Represents Workplaces like:
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