What is your name and your role on the executive?
My name is Donna Smandych, and I am a Clerical Representative on the CUPE 1975 executive.
Can you give a brief description of your background?
I am currently employed by the U of S as the Surgery Liaison at the Veterinary Medical Centre. I have been employed by the U of S for twenty-one years. I joined the CUPE Executive in 2018 and accepted my post for three consecutive years.
Why did you choose to become a union representative on the CUPE 1975 executive?
I decided to join the Executive as a means of giving back. It is a privilege to serve the members alongside an incredible team of devoted representatives.
Can you give some personal details (e.g. hobbies)?
In my spare time, I enjoy spoiling my retired performance horses, buying clothes for my chihuahua, Aida, running marathons, kayaking, painting, and reading. I also enjoy jumping out of perfectly good planes at 11,000 ft. If there is time left over, I might bake a cake.
What is a fun fact about yourself?
My favourite Marathon is the Banff Marathon.