Jamaican new Carpenters Union Local 27 president

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Chris Campbell

By RON FANFAIR
Jamaican-born Chris Campbell is the first Black President of the Carpenters Union Local 27 in its 140-year history in Ontario.
Part of 30 Locals across Canada affiliated with the Carpenters’ Regional Council, the labour organization represents over 8,000 members working in a variety of skilled trades, including carpentry and resilient flooring.
“I want to continue to build on the legacy of previous presidents and leadership,” said Campbell. “It is an honour to serve as president, representing all members of the Carpenters’ Union. I am eager to continue fostering growth and strengthening the relationships between our membership, executive board, representatives and administrative staff.”
Migrating to Canada over three decades ago after attending a technical school in Kingston, Jamaica, he did not have the financial resources to attend university.
Campbell became a Local 27 member two years after arriving in Canada in 1987.
“My dad and uncles were tradespeople,” he said. “I went back to the family tradition. I hooked up with a mentor who directed me to the Carpenters’ Union. That is how I got started. My journey to the presidency has been one of commitment, sacrifice and perseverance.
Former president Mike Yorke encouraged Campbell to attend union meetings and become involved in the process.
“I saw representatives that looked like me at the podium and that influenced me,” said Campbell. “Representation matters. Since then, when people in the community see me sitting up there at the podium, they tell me I inspire them to get involved. I feel I am just paying it forward.”

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