Thank you, Janine

photo of Janine Vanier

Janine Vanier, executive assistant to Secretary-Treasurer Rome Aloise, retired this year after 24 years with the Teamsters. She started at the same time that Rome took over as the Principal officer of Local 853 and served as his right arm all through the years.

Janine became the bookkeeper and office manager, two of the most important jobs in the office. Once the Local grew and was able to hire more people, she became Rome’s Executive Assistant.

“If Janine hadn’t handled a lot of the daily issues and calls that came in, I could not have had any success,” says Rome. “She deserves a lot of credit for making Local 853 as strong and vibrant as it is.”

After a couple of years on the job, Janine admitted that she was suffering from Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and she worried that she might lose her job. To the contrary, the members and the officials of the Local rallied to her cause, and over the years Janine became the highest contributing volunteer for MS research, raising more than $1 million. Janine earned the respect of everyone for working through her disability while doing a difficult job.

“Simply speaking, Janine won the respect of everyone who came into contact with her. She knew her job, treated everyone with respect, and believed in what we do for our members. I could not have survived without her!” says Rome, who wishes her many great and full retirement years.

Janine will spend time working for a cure for MS and enjoying her grandson, while living life to the fullest.

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