What is your name and your role on the executive?
My name is Sam Riendeau, and I am the Student Representative on the CUPE 1975 Executive. I represent all of the students employed by the University, from the FIT centre employees to the summer student grounds workers.
Can you give a brief description of your background?
I am currently employed by the U of S and work on the Aquatics Staff as a lifeguard and swimming instructor. I was elected as the first-ever CUPE 1975 student representative in 2018 and was recently re-elected in 2020.
Why did you choose to become a union representative on the CUPE 1975 executive?
I chose to put my name in for the position of student representative on the CUPE 1975 executive because of my career goals and because I believe that unions are important. I am currently working towards a B.A. in Political Studies here at the U of S and plan to attend law school at the U of S after completing my undergrad. Right now, I would like to work as a lawyer in labour relations and I felt this position could enhance my knowledge on unions and the collective bargaining process.
Can you give some personal details (e.g. hobbies)?
I enjoy working out at Anytime Fitness and playing hockey in the ASHL with my friends in my spare time.
What is a fun fact about yourself?
My favourite hockey team in the Montreal Canadiens.