About Us

Executive Members

The current Executive of Local 5047:

cupe-touchiconPresident – Chris Melanson




cupe-touchiconVice President – Kristin Welbourn




cupe-touchiconRecording Secretary – Melissa Brown




cupe-touchiconSecretary Treasurer –




cupe-touchiconChief Shop Steward – Donna McCarthy




Sergeant at Arms / Membership Officer

Tracey Sullivan

What we do

Halifax Regional Centre For

 Education Support Staff


Local 5047 represents over 1600 employees of the Halifax Regional Centre For Education.  Members deal directly with students as Educational Program Assistants, Library Support Specialists, Assistive Technology Workers, Early Childhood Educators, Community Outreach Workers, and Aboriginal or African Nova Scotian Student Support Workers. 

Our members are usually school based, and support students in over 135 sites across HRM  –  from Sheet Harbour to Hubbards.

Shop Stewards

Shop Steward Info


If you have any questions surrounding your Collective Agreement, Job, Title, Position or Workplace please email one of the Stewards listed below. Stewards are listed in Area in which they work to assist in contacting, but any or all can be contacted. The Shop Steward will in turn contact the Chief Shop Steward with any issues, and all will be dealt with accordingly.

All members of the Executive Council of 5047 have Steward Training, but please follow this order/protocol, as all issues will be discussed with the Executive Council.

Donna McCarthy dmccarthycupe5047@outlook.com Chief Shop Steward

Chris Melanson cmelansoncupe5047@outlook.com President

Kristin Welbourn kmsw.cupe@gmail.com Vice President



Stewards to be trained:

  • Sarah Wilson
  • Bonnie Ashton
  • Colleen Lively
  • Amber MacDonald
  • Laura Hutt
  • Michelle Ryan