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Fall Academy

Since 2016, the Leadership Academy has been fostering education and leadership development among our membership. Its goal is to strengthen members’ workplace and political activism, so that they can inspire others to push for change in their communities.

Following a record number of applications received for our 2018 Summer Academy, a Fall Academy was introduced to accommodate about 200 members who are passionate and dedicated leaders. The five-day program ran from Nov. 27 to Dec. 1, 2018.

Members stayed at the Hilton Mississauga Meadowvale Hotel in Mississauga, Ont. Members all participated in a full-day certified mental health training program and then headed to one of two streams: facing management and organizing your workplace. The evening programs for members to connect included a truffle making workshop, a movie night, a bingo night, and a karaoke night.

Summer Academy

“I expected that I would feel comfortable with other members. But I didn’t expect how much fun we would have. The Fall Academy has been so much fun and so wonderful. It is very obvious that SEIU Healthcare put a lot of effort into this program.”

Linda Fraser, PSW, Chartwell Ballycliffe Long Term Care Residence, Ajax

Fall Academy Members’ Stories

Tanya Lessard

Tanya Lessard is a personal support worker (PSW) at South Centennial Manor in Iroquois Falls, Ont. Tanya says she gained a lot of experience by attending SEIU Healthcare’s Fall Academy. “I can definitely say the program was life-changing. I learned a lot and increased my confidence, which is something that is difficult for me to do.” Tanya applied for the

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Myrtle Morrison

Myrtle Morrison is a PSW at Revera Kennedy Lodge Long Term Care Home in Scarborough, Ont. Myrtle participated in the facing management stream of SEIU Healthcare’s 2018 Fall Academy. Myrtle was born in Jamaica and raised by her loving grandmother. She emigrated to Canada when she was 19 years old to move in with her mother and stepfather. Unfortunately, the

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Christine Outridge

Christine Outridge has been a personal support worker (PSW) at Grace Villa Nursing Home in Hamilton since 2005 and is a chief steward with SEIU Healthcare. The Fall Academy was a very important experience for Christine as she needed the support of her fellow members after the passing of both her mother and aunt around Remembrance Day.

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Joana Anderson

Joana Anderson is a personal support worker (PSW) at Maynard Nursing Home in Toronto and steward with SEIU Healthcare. Having attended the organizing your workplace stream at the Fall Academy, she shares how her educational experience has been a positive influence on her stewardship.

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