Herberth Canas for Recording Secretary

Herberth Canas for Recording Secretary

Vote Herberth Canas for a #BetterUnion

My name is Herberth Canas and I’m running for Recording Secretary. I am a candidate in the Master of Social Work program and a Unit 3 member.

I have been a student activist for over five years and believe that education is right, not a privilege. I served as President of the Criminal Justice Students’ Union at Ryerson University (2010-2012) and as Faculty of Arts and Liberal Studies Senate Representative (2012). As a student activist, I successfully fought to make sure that students’ tuition fees were not used towards Ryerson’s ambitious expansion plans. I also advocated for making education affordable and accessible. After completing my undergrad, I continued to advocate for student rights while working at Pathways to Education, a not-for-profit organization focusing on expanding access to education for underprivileged youth. Over the past year, I have been active as a rank-and-file member of our local.

As Recording Secretary, I will keep clear and accessible records of the business of the union and continue to develop links between our local and the wider labour and student movements in Toronto, Ontario and Canada.

I believe that a better union is possible. That’s why I’m running as part of a team of candidates who want to create a local for all its members. We want the local to be more open, accessible and welcoming. We are committed to combating the toxicity that drives members away from union meetings. We support electronic voting so more members can participate in decision making. We are committed to building on the strike’s momentum to broaden the campaign against tuition fees and precarious work and for accessible, high quality education. Learn more about our plan and how to join our campaign: click here.