Lara O’Grady – Meet Your Rep

What is your name and your role on the executive? 

My name is Lara O’Grady, and I am the Library Representative for the CUPE 1975 executive.

Can you give a brief description of your background? 

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Saskatchewan and a Library and Information Technology diploma from Saskatchewan Polytechnic. I’ve worked as a library assistant in the University Library since 2010, and I have been the Information Services supervisor at the Murray Library since 2017. These days, I am working entirely from home, where I primarily coordinate and staff our Ask Us chat service. This year is my first time joining the union executive.

Why did you choose to become a union representative on the CUPE 1975 executive? 

I never really paid much attention to union matters until 2018/2019 when we almost went on strike. At that time, I became incredibly engaged in what was happening, and I tried learning and following along as much as possible. This made me realise that I have a vested interest in what happens at my workplace and that I want to make it better for myself and my coworkers. When our long-term library rep indicated that she wanted to take a break from the union in late 2020, I volunteered to take her place. I’m excited to learn more about the inner workings of the union, and to act as a conduit for staff to get factual union information

Can you give some personal details (e.g. hobbies)?

Some new hobbies that I’ve picked up during the pandemic include embroidery, beating my family at the New York Times daily mini crossword, and becoming completely obsessed with the international k-pop sensation, BTS

What is a fun fact about yourself?

French is my first language. Fun fact: French-speaking people of Saskatchewan are called “Fransaskois”

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