Carmela has been a leader in BC's labour movement for over thirty years. She has served as a member of the BC Labour Relations Board, a Vancouver School Board Trustee, and Vice-President of the BC Federation of Labour. She was the Secretary-Business Manager and lead negotiator for the Hospital Employees Union in the 1990s, during which time the union achieved groundbreaking advances in pay equity. She was also formerly in-house counsel to the Canadian Union of Public Employees and the BC Teachers' Federation.
Carmela is a part-time instructor at BCIT where she teaches courses in Employment Law and Business Law. She is a provincially-certified adult educator and brings her passion for adult education to her legal work and union training. Carmela has trained hundreds of union reps, shop stewards, leaders, and activists in topics including disability accommodation, grievance arbitration, the duty of fair representation, and bargaining.
Carmela is the co-chair of the BC section of the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers, a member of CUPE Local 50, and an honourary member of HEU. Carmela is also a member of the Passenger Transportation Board.
Carmela enjoys boating, relaxing on Gambier Island, spending time with her grandchildren, and walking in Pacific Spirit Park.