We work to improve your lives by advocating on your behalf, protecting your rights and creating safer working conditions.
We also bring your voice to the table with the powers that be, contribute to healthcare policy through our work with the government and other stakeholders, and represent the interests and expertise of you and your families.
President, SEIU Healthcare
The eldest of six siblings, Sharleen Stewart grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She credits her mother for inspiring her to be strong and independent and her father for teaching her the importance of love and respect.
Dating back to the start of her career as a frontline hospital worker, Sharleen has always been an activist. Never one to shy away from what she believes in, she has spent decades amplifying the voices of healthcare workers and advocating for equality, respect and dignity. She knows that hard work should be rewarded fairly and equally, regardless of gender, race and beliefs.
Sharleen’s ability to mediate and find common ground is at the core of her solution-based personality. She sees herself as someone who supports people to get where they need to be. These are just a few of the qualities that led to her becoming the first woman elected as SEIU Healthcare President in 2003.
As SEIU International Vice-President, Sharleen is the first Canadian woman to sit on the SEIU International Executive Board. She is also the first SEIU woman to sit on the Canadian Labour Congress Executive Committee.
A proud Métis, Sharleen is humbled and honoured to represent SEIU Healthcare’s 60,000 members. She believes being a leader in the labour movement was what she was born to do.
As a mother and grandmother, Sharleen understands the importance of creating innovative and sustainable solutions that not only benefit today’s workers, but future generations as well.
Through hard work and innovation, Sharleen envisions SEIU Healthcare as a 21st century, solution-based union; a union that all members know makes their lives better; a union that teaches employers and governments that the labour movement is a valued partner, not an opponent.
Secretary Treasurer, SEIU Healthcare
Bio coming soon.
Thriving worker, healthy community
We are a healthcare union that advocates for the rights of our members through
Bold and Innovative actions
that achieve fair and equitable working conditions.
Growing and retaining
to elevate the socio-economic wellbeing of workers.
Seeking to develop
professional relationships with stakeholders.
we honour our commitments.
We are accountable to achieve our mission and live our values.
We believe in uniting and working together to reach our goals.
We believe in diversity and strive to create a community where all are welcomed, respected, and given equal opportunity.
of our employees, members, experiences, structure, and strategies.
Our inclusive and diverse executive board is designed to ensure that every member of SEIU Healthcare is represented. No matter where you live, what sector you work for, or what community you belong to, you have a voice at SEIU Healthcare.
The Executive Board elected at convention consists of the following seats representing membership as follows:
Long Term Care Sector
Community Care Sector
Nursing Division President
Workers of Colour
Persons with Disability
Thunder Bay & Algonquin
Greater Toronto Area
London and Southern Ontario