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Sharleen Stewart

Canada's healthcare union leader (SEIU Healthcare)

Sharleen has been called “Canada’s Norma Rae,” firmly believing all workers deserve fair wages, respect, dignity, and a good pension.

She was the eldest of six siblings and grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Her upbringing taught her lessons in fairness, equality, respect, democracy, and social justice.

Sharleen is a former hospital worker and has many family members working in nursing and retirement homes, so she understands the demands placed on workers.

She also witnessed firsthand the value that dedicated workers provide when she saw the skill and love her terminally ill father received from homecare workers.

Sharleen was the first woman elected President of the Saskatchewan SEIU local 333, Local 1 Ontario, and SEIU Local 1 Canada. She was also the first SEIU woman to sit on the Canadian Labour Congress Executive Board and the International Executive Board, representing Canada.
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09/28/2015 12:33 EDT