Carla MacFarlane, a long-time Union Representative with UFCW 1006A, has retired.
“My passion to help others is what drove me as a union rep,” she said.
President Wayne Hanley congratulated Carla on her retirement.
“Carla has made a big difference in the lives of our local union members – we thank her for her service and dedication to our membership,” said President Hanley.
Prior to becoming a staff member, Carla worked at Loblaws in a variety of roles over two decades, including as a Meat Clerk and Floral Manager. She also sat on her Joint Health and Safety Committee, served on the Toronto Divisional Board for several years and helped with the formation of WIN (Women’s Issues Network).
“I first became a steward because I enjoy helping people and those that do not yet have the strength to do it on their own,” she said.
Looking back, Carla said she has many fond memories of her time as a union representative, particularly during a picket line where once-strangers became friends.
“There were many long cold days with great conversations and getting to know one another,” she said. “I had never before seen such a large group of people get along so well. Everyone came together and supported each other through a very difficult time in their lives.”
She will cherish her time at the local union.
"I will miss many of the friends I made over the years within our local and some friends from other locals that we had collaborated with over the years."
As for her retirement, Carla said: “It is a great feeling to be starting the next chapter in my life— I am looking forward to spending more time with my family.”