About us

Table & Executive Officers

Acting President:

Tammie Koroluk

Phone. 250-253-3648



Secretary Treasurer José vanBerkel cupe523gen@gmail.com 250-492-2982 (union Office)
  250-490-7787 (cell)
Recording Secretary Erica McDowell ericamcdo@gmail.com 250-462-8590
1st Vice President Jennifer Harper  jenniferharper4321@gmail.com 250-803-1787
2nd Vice President Charlene Turnbull 523bull@gmail.com 250-485-7302
3rd Vice President Tammy Carter tammycartercupe523@gmail.com 250-462-3343
Unit Chairperson's
TPCS Bob Crozier rwbobcrozier.377@gmail.com 778-212-3777
NOYFSS Craeg Pohorelic craeg@telus.net 250-260-1758
Acting  SD53 Kristopher Keith Kristopher.Keith@shaw.ca 778-931-0089
SD67 Roberta Hormes hormes@shaw.ca  250 462-2877
Acting  SD83 Roni Ault rault69@hotmail.com  250 699-2640



  • Nancy Boisvenue, Trustee from North Okanagan Shuswap
  • Dion Boisvenue, Trustee from North Okanagan Shuswap
  • Kyle Clark, Trustee from North Okanagan Shuswap



CUPE Local523

#101 – 416 Westminster Ave. W                  Phone:  250-492-2982

Penticton, BC, V2A 1K5                                 Toll Free Phone: 1-877-287-3523

Email: cupe523gen@gmail.com


Unit Contact Information:

Turning Points-Contact List-2019

NOYFSS-Contact List-2019

Unit53, Okanagan Similkameen-Contact List-2019

Unit67, Okanagan Skaha -Contacts List 2019

Unit83, North Okanagan Shuswap-Contact List-2019



Job Evaluation Maintenance Committee

The JEMC committee is a joint Union/Employer committee.  The committee evaluates jobs to ensure that they are correctly rates base on nine factors.  Pay rates are determined after the factors are rated.


Health & Saftey Committee

The Occupational Heath & Safety Committee shall be comprised of the President or designate. and up to two OH&S representative(s) from each unit.


Good and Welfare

The Good and Welfare Committee shall be comprised of the 3rd Vice President (Chair) and one member from each Unit

The Good & Welfare Committee shall be dedicated to supporting all members of CUPE 523 by providing recongition of those special events and other circumstances in accordance with guidelines developed by the Committee.


Entertainment Committee

The Entertainment Committee shall be comprised of the 3rd Vice President and three (3) other members, Sub-committees may be created on an ad-hoc basis to organize events.


Education Committee

The Local recognizes the value of Union education and shall provide appropriate educational opportunites to members in good standing.


Communication Committee

The Communications Committee shall be comprised of the 2nd Vice President (Chair), Recording Secretary and up to one member from each unit.

About CUPE 523

Welcome to CUPE Local 523. As a CUPE member, you are part of the largest Union in Canada. CUPE represents workers in health care, public schools, municipalities, libraries, universities, social services, public utilities, transportation, emergency services, and airlines.

CUPE 523 Structure

CUPE 523 has two Community Social Services Units and three School District Units

Our Community Social Service Units are:

Our School District Units are:


General and Unit Meetings

General Meetings CUPE Local523 holds eight general meetings a year.  Members are encouraged to attend the general meetings.  Meeting notices are posted on CUPE bulletin boards and on our website.

Paid Mileage: Members shall be paid mileage to attend general meetings when they are driving two or more other members to the general meeting. (Local Bylaws, Section 4, d)

Child Care Services – Please contact your unit chair 4 days prior to the meeting if child care service is needed for you to attend.

Unit Meetings Each Unit will hold informational meetings throughout the year. Unit members are also encouraged to attend these informational meetings. Meeting notices are posted on CUPE bulletin boards.

Getting Sworn In (Applying for Membership)

All employees covered by the CUPE Collective Agreement are required to be sworn in as a member as a condition of employment. You can be sworn in at any general meeting.  As a sworn in member, you are guaranteed all the rights and privileges that come with Union membership, including voting rights, the right to strike pay, eligibility for CUPE bursaries available to the children of CUPE members and eligibility for the CUPE Death Benefit Fund or Hardship Fund.