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.

SEIU Healthcare Union

Our membership of over 60,000 healthcare workers includes

  • Activity Aides
  • Clerical Support
  • Developmental Support Workers
  • Dietary Aides
  • Housekeepers
  • Lab Techs
  • Maintenance Workers
  • Paramedics
  • Registered Nurses
  • Personal Support Workers
  • Registered Practical Nurses
  • Social Workers
Healthcare Workers Represented
Units Currently Serviced

Our Leaders

Sharleen Stewart
Sharleen Stewart

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 Stewart
Tyler Downey

Secretary Treasurer, SEIU Healthcare

Tyler Downey’s very first campaign with SEIU Healthcare was in home care as an organizer in 2006. Since then, he has assumed the roles of Director of Leadership and Development and Deputy Chief of Staff, before being appointed to his current role in the summer of 2018.

Growing up in a Christian home, Tyler’s inspiration for community building came from his mother, who always organized various functions and activities at their church. As part of his growing advocacy, he had kickstarted a non-profit organization that helped youth develop their skills in reading comprehension and mathematics.

Jackie Walker
Jackie Walker

Executive Vice-President, SEIU Healthcare

Jackie Walker is a dynamic leader dedicated to advocating for the rights and fair treatment of healthcare workers.

Jackie’s passion for healthcare workers made her a powerful voice as SEIU Healthcare’s Nursing Division President, a role she held from 2016 until she was elected Executive Vice-President at our 2023 Convention.

Our Vision

Thriving worker, healthy community

Our Mission

We are a healthcare union that advocates for the rights of our members through

Our Values

Executive Board

We’re not just a union, we’re a community

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
Kelly Stephenson

Hospital Sector
Andrew Brake

Community Care Sector
Jodi Verburg

Nursing Division President
Sandi Jones

Shyanna Medicine

Workers of Colour
Vivienne McDougall

Gloria Turney

Larry Kobos

Young Workers
Samantha Lawton

Persons with Disability
Briar Moore

Marg Bourgoin

Thunder Bay 
Cathy Bishop

Marva Hird

Georgian Bay
Crystal Hutter

Greater Toronto Area
Vonetia Reid

Ellen Bekoe

Lisa Ryan

London and Southern Ontario
Catherine McAnally

Elma Lozano


Sophia Bent

Believe Dhliwayo

Marlene Hemmings

Junli Wang