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Black History Month: Celebrating Ann Nairn

February 27, 2019 Emily Innes-Leroux

Ann Nairn BHM

Ann Nairn was selected by her co-worker to be recognized during Black History Month because she is “knowledgeable and reliable” and always helpful.

“I am very dedicated to helping fellow members,” says Ann. “I take every opportunity to be involved with SEIU Healthcare.”

Ann is the chief steward in her workplace and has been an SEIU Healthcare member for 25 years. She is the programs department co-ordinator at Humber Valley Terrace in Toronto.

She has participated in SEIU Healthcare Leadership Academy programs, attended numerous parades and rallies, and been very politically active.

This month, Ann joined a group of SEIU Healthcare members and staff who headed to Ottawa. They represented the voices of healthcare workers by lobbying MPPs on important matters that affect healthcare.

“I’m outspoken and vocal about fighting for the rights of workers. Being politically active is so important to improve your workplace. People in power make decisions that have a big impact on our working lives,” says Ann.

Education is also really important to Ann and she has completed a lot of the training that SEIU Healthcare offers. “I always want to be on top of things and be one step ahead. I take all learning opportunities so I can be prepared for my challenges,” she says.

She always lets her fellow members know that it is important to work together as team to make meaningful and positive changes in the workplace. As well, that is important to stay informed about what is happening in your union.

“We need to stick together as a union or management will divide us, especially right now, as we are heading into long-term care bargaining,” says Ann. “We need to be united.”

Black History Month is a special time for Ann because of her Caribbean heritage. She heads back to Jamaica numerous times a year to study her genealogy.

“I embrace my culture and I enjoy being a part of SEIU Healthcare events where we honour black history.”

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