Representative of the interests of workers

Fred Nowicki

Fred was director of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada for the Northwest Territories and Southern Alberta. He currently sits as a board member with the Southern Alberta Board of Persons with Disabilities.

His 28-year career with the Government of Canada provided him with extensive experience in the areas of eligibility for counselling, training, immigration settlement and employment insurance benefits. Fred resides in Lethbridge, where he is actively involved in community initiatives in Southern Alberta.

Grace Thostenson

Grace is the business manager of the United Utility Workers’ Association (UUWA), a position she has held since 2001. Prior to joining the UUWA, she held a variety of positions with the IBEW Local 348.

Grace has over 20 years of labour relations experience in the telecommunications and electrical power industries under provincial and federal labour jurisdictions. She was appointed to the Alberta Labour Relations Board in 2002 and is currently serving her last term, and served as a public member of the Certified General Accountants Appeal Tribunal from 2002 to 2012.

Grace is active in the community and supports a number of non-profit and service organizations as well as working as a volunteer.