Gord has been helping members since 1978 when he began working as an assembler at Associated Freezers, a Loblaws-leased warehouse. In the early 1980s, he moved to the Erin Mills Distribution Centre where he worked as an afternoon receiver. Already a ‘go-to person’ for those with work problems, Gord also became a steward shortly afterwards. In 1994, his involvement with the union deepened as he was appointed a member and later, elected as the secretary-treasurer of the warehouse division. Simultaneously, he remained very involved in the union participating in everything from seminars to conferences to conventions. Gord was working as a truck control board operator when he was hired as a Staff Representative in 2000.