Lily Chang was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Canadian Labour Congress at the 29th Annual Constitutional Convention in 2021.
Lily started her career as a social worker, much of her work focused on social inequality. She saw first-hand the difference strong social programs can make in people’s lives.
Lily served as an Executive Board member of the Toronto and York Region Labour Council, where she chaired the Municipal Committee as well as working as the Executive liaison to the Women’s Committee.
Along with her time on the Labour Council, Lily spent almost two decades at CUPE Local 79 as an Executive Officer. During her thirteen years as Treasurer, Lily oversaw a revitalized strike fund, implemented strong financial practices, and led a modernization of their IT, website, and member portal system. While managing staff and service contracts, she also led the acquisition of the local’s own building in downtown Toronto, further solidifying the fiscal foundation of the organization.
Lily proudly tells people she was ‘Made in Taiwan’ as she was born there after her parents escaped from China during the civil war. Lily’s father came to Canada by way of Saskatoon, with the rest of the family following shortly. They eventually moved to Toronto. Her family imparted the values of hard work and fairness, which served her well as she excelled in school and went on to earn a psychology degree from the University of Toronto.