Executive Profiles 2017-2018

Laura Bulk, Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy, President CUPE 2278
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I am happy to be joining the CUPE 2278 exec team, with the goal of enhancing the experiences of TAs in the UBC community.

I studied anti-oppressive social work practice at UVic, obtaining my Bachelor of Social Work in 2012. In August 2014 I graduated with my Master of Occupational Therapy from UBC. Being passionate about promoting equal opportunities for persons with disabilities and evidence-based practice, I am now pursuing a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences (specifically in the area of occupational science) with a focus on enhancing social and occupational justice. As an occupational therapist, a person with a disability, a scholar, and a social worker, I hope to use my skills to serve as an advocate for positive change at policy and societal levels.

In the department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy I am a TA, as well as Department Rep. I presently work as an occupational therapist in the Greater Vancouver community – I consider it a privilege to come alongside people on the recovery and rehabilitation journey. I am a dedicated volunteer with many organizations, including the Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. Other things for which I create time include spending time with friends and family, going for power walks, baking for youth group, cooking for a crowd, and painting to peaceful music.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact me via president@cupe2278.ca.

Gillian Glass, Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies; First Vice-President

Gillian is a PhD student in Religious Studies in the Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies Department. Her interests are gender, cross-cultural exchange, literary motifs, and mythology generally. She’s a nerd. She joined CUPE 2278 in order to encourage TAs and promote access to legal support.





Harold Eyster; Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability; Recording Secretary



Harold Eyster, Recording Secretary, is a graduate student in at UBC’s Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability, where he studies biodiversity and ecosystem services. He is honoured to to be given the opportunity to support TAs.




Nicole Molinari, Geography, Communications Officer

screen-shot-2017-02-11-at-7-24-51-pmNicole is new to the CUPE 2278 Executive Committee. Nicole is undertaking an MA in Human Geography and is examining the restructuring of long-term residential care in BC. In her academic work and community activism, Nicole is committed to advancing workers’ struggles and labour justice, particularly for the most precarious workers. She has done research related to temporary migration, extreme labour exploitation, and human trafficking in Canada and is currently part of a coalition that aims to eliminate unjust labour recruitment practices and enhance migrant workers’ rights and labour protections in BC. As a TA herself, she is excited to be a part of the team and to be a representative for and voice of fellow TAs.


Sumreen Javed, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Member at Large

Sumreen is a pharmacist from Pakistan. She has completed her Masters in Biochemistry from UNBC, Prince George. She has just started her PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences in Sep. 2017 under the supervision of Dr. Karla Williams. Sumreen is working on finding treatment options for metastatic breast cancer by using cell lines, chicken embryo and mouse models. She is the co-representative of TAs in her department and has been recently selected as member in large for CUPE 2278. She is hoping to use her previous experience of working in developing country and  a smaller community to raise the voice of the unheard. She is a laboratory rat but when not doing experiments, Sumreen enjoys volunteering and giving back to the community.

Nelson Gorrin, Trustee

Nelson is a pharmacist who studied at the University of La Laguna in Spain. He completed his Masters in Public Health degree with a specialization in Epidemiology and Methods in 1997 at the Berlin Institute of Technology (Germany). His master’s thesis focused on an environmental medicine issue, evaluating the impact of organic emissions from green waste compost facilities and their implication for the health of the population. Nelson is now pursuing doctoral studies in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC. Nelson’s research aims to support healthcare providers to improve adherence to prescribed medication for asthma. Nelson has been a TA representative of Pharmaceutical Sciences in CUPE 2278 since September 2014 and is now the trustee.

 Other members of the executive (bios to uploaded soon!):

Rob Fraser, Secretary Treasurer

Hashem Jeihooni, Health and Safety Officer

Aria Shokoohi, Chief Shop Steward

Bronwyn Baillie, Member at Large

Nicholas Hu, Member at Large