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Leadership Academy

Thank you so much SEIU Healthcare Leadership Academy Class of 2018 for all your hard work. Welcome to your digital year book. Here you will find videos, photos, members’ stories, and information about this year’s Team Up Campaign, the June Assembly, the Summer Academy, the Fall Academy, and the December Assembly (coming soon).

We encourage you to post messages about your experience with the Leadership Academy on the message board and to share this year book with your friends and co-workers. Continue to let your fellow members know about what you have learned and the tools you have gained by participating in this program. Encourage others to apply to join the Academy in 2019 because we are stronger in numbers, we are stronger together.



Leaders of Tomorrow,

This year, I was excited and humbled to see even more of you get involved with the Academy and stand up for what you believe in and deserve. It was incredible to see how far our alumni have come and to see new faces take on the challenge of being a leader and activist in their workplaces and communities.

I am proud to see you embracing your inner leader. I know many of you have already begun applying your skills and making a difference across Ontario.

For new leaders, it is important to remember that the knowledge you have gained is only worth something if you put it to good use. I urge you to share your experience with your colleagues so that they too will be inspired to take the lead in workplace and political activism.

By attending the Academy, you have made a commitment to not only improving your own life, but also the lives of your sisters and brothers. With that commitment comes great responsibility, so I encourage you all to continue exercising your leadership and scouting out more leaders to join our movement.

We are stronger together, and I cannot wait to see the impact we will make as a collective power moving into 2019 and beyond.

In Solidarity,

Sharleen Stewart

President, SEIU Healthcare


Workplace Champions,

Since the Leadership Academy began in 2016, many of our passionate members have transformed it into a supportive environment where folks can learn the skills needed to be effective leaders and activists in their workplaces and communities.

I am proud to see your keen interest in learning and your dedication to empowering your sisters and brothers. This year, we had a record number of members participate in member-to-member canvassing as part of our Team Up campaign, and we held our first-ever Fall Academy due to the overwhelming amount of applications for our summer program.

We were also humbled to see hundreds of new faces participate in the Academy this year. The more leaders and activists we have by our side, the more power we have to make a difference.

Thank you for getting involved and working toward improving your own lives and the lives of your colleagues. I look forward to your continued growth as we head into 2019 and beyond.

In Solidarity,

Tyler Downey

Secretary Treasurer, SEIU Healthcare

Sign the Yearbook

Tell us where you work, how you got involved with the union, and your favourite SEIU Healthcare memory of 2018.

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19 entries.
Barbara S Scott Barbara S Scott wrote on December 11, 2018 at 4:03 am
My brothers and sisters, I love and respect you all. There is nothing better in this world than standing up for justice, creating change for the better of people, supporting each others journey and lives through ups and downs, healing our pasts, and living up to our true potential and lifting each other up to move mountains:) I have grown so much and become strong because of all of you. Love forever and always ….SEIU<3
Josee Lefebvre Josee Lefebvre wrote on December 6, 2018 at 5:10 pm
Wow what an amazing experience enjoyed by all who were fortunate enough to attend...I will never forget the energy the atmosphere at this event.... PURPLE POWE
Clifford Jackson Clifford Jackson wrote on December 6, 2018 at 3:37 pm
United we stand! Divided we fall!
We are all one the big and the small! 😎
Kim Thurston Kim Thurston wrote on December 5, 2018 at 7:57 pm
Thank you for this eye opening experience. This academy has empowered me to learn more and to advocate for our members. I hope with the knowledge I have gained from this and future academy's I can make a difference.
Oak Terrace, Orillia
Myrtle Morrison Myrtle Morrison wrote on December 5, 2018 at 4:03 am
I worked at Kennedy Lodge Long Term Care. I joined the Union because of the injustices towards workers in the workplace without a voice. Its my goal to continue to be a voice for the voiceless. Attending any Academy or Assembly to gain Knowledge to bring back and share with my coworkers would be awesome. The Leadership Academy was an amazing experience love every minute.
Olena Oliinyk Olena Oliinyk wrote on December 4, 2018 at 7:14 pm
I fell the power of unity. I know that I am not alone I admired wonderful speakers and learned a lot about Union..
Judeen Johnson Judeen Johnson wrote on December 4, 2018 at 2:15 pm
It was the most amazing experience. Meeting all those wonderful brothers and sisters!! Tremendous learning opportunities.

Special shout out to my table mates: Jesintha, Marsha, Bibi, Cynthia & Paulette and Lucy!!!!
Thank you
Karen Goodridge -Lorde Karen Goodridge -Lorde wrote on December 4, 2018 at 1:38 pm
What a great experience.I have learnt so much this year, I am looking forward for 2019.
Andrea Cunningham leckford Andrea Cunningham leckford wrote on December 4, 2018 at 4:57 am
Purple is Power knowledge is the key to success the Academy was an excellent experience for me to connect with my union sisters and brothers it was so Awesome!!!!!
Brenda Wood Brenda Wood wrote on December 4, 2018 at 4:42 am
Had a great time. Connected with old friends and made some new ones. Together we stand stronger and we can make a difference. Purple power is here to stay.
Andrea Seivwright Andrea Seivwright wrote on December 4, 2018 at 4:15 am
Purple is power
Intereact with awesome brother and sister
I think this this assembly for December 1/18 was very awesome!!!!!
Darby Corrigan Darby Corrigan wrote on December 4, 2018 at 4:01 am
Purple Power!!!
Excellent experience
Excellent people
Would attend again in a heartbeat
Joan Beverley Joan Beverley wrote on December 4, 2018 at 3:55 am
I had a wonderful time from getting to know the new members to new learning. Knowledge is power and cooperation is the key to great success.
Sherah Marriott Sherah Marriott wrote on December 4, 2018 at 3:10 am
My first Leadership Academy experience has really empowered me to be an activist. "Knowledge is power " upwards we move with our union where success is made.S. E .I. U.!!!
Danny Chau Danny Chau wrote on December 4, 2018 at 3:10 am
Nekesha Caesar Nekesha Caesar wrote on December 4, 2018 at 2:42 am
Great experience. Confidence booster and knowing SEIU care about their members. #purplepower
Deborah Gerber Deborah Gerber wrote on December 2, 2018 at 8:55 pm
It was an amazing experience, with an eye opening moment. If I want changes for the better for future generations I need to actively participate in the change.Thank you SEIU family!
Edith Otieno Edith Otieno wrote on December 1, 2018 at 8:51 pm
An amazing learning experience. Rich of meaningful information that challenges us to be better and strive towards a better workplace for me and my other brothers and sisters. SEIU FAMILY-Together We Can!
Jamie Amato Jamie Amato wrote on December 1, 2018 at 5:21 pm
An absolutely fantastic time! Full of learning and growing together as a united frontline. Can’t wait to see everyone again. Thanks to the union leadership and especially Sharleen, Tyler, Riley, Megan and of course Ms. Wu