The CUPE BC Workers of Colour Committee is committed to the promotion of racial justice, inclusion and equality in the workplace and in our communities. Our fight for fairness includes, challenging racism and all forms of oppression on behalf of all racialized CUPE members and ensuring diversity representation in our Regional and Provincial Executive Boards. The Committee aims to build strong relationships with community organizations and allies through participation in cultural events and days of action.


“Painless Jones,” the first dentist in B.C. granted a license under the BC Dental Act.






Black settlers on Salt Spring Island set the stage for today’s community.






First Black woman to be elected to any provincial legislative assembly in Canada.






Hidden history of African American settlers in Wellington uncovered.





Social worker, elected MLA 1972, first Black person elected Speaker in Canada.



The “fastest man on earth”, first Canadian to officially hold a world track record.





The first Black teacher on Vancouver Island.








In the 1940s, Strathcona’s population was approximately 800 people.








A strong Black woman born into slavery, she immigrated to Salt Spring Island.







Black prospector who joined the Cariboo Gold Rush.








First Black woman athlete to represent Canada in international competition.

Committee members

Michele Alexander
Local 15
Amir Bagheri
Local 389
Nicole Cabrejos
Alternate Diversity Vice President Racialized Workers, Local 1123
Ravneet Dhillon
Local 1048
Tanya Ferry
Local 391
Rajan Gill
Local 900
Joyce Henley
Local 3799
Ravina Lal
Local 15
Faith Liddie
Local 947
Champa Maduranayagam
Local 1048
Zoe Magnus
Staff Adviser, Local Staff-BCRO/Div
Valeria Mancilla Reyes
Local 1936
Drew Parris
Alternate Diversity Vice President Representing Workers of Colour, Local 379
Edward Parsotam
Diversity Vice President Racialized Workers, Local 728, CUPE BC Executive Board