SEIU’s Black History Recap

SEIU Local 1 President Sharleen Stewart wore a traditional African dress and opened the event, and spoke on celebrating diversity within the union. Executive Vice-President Manny Carvalho discussed the importance of sharing stories in cultures and the powerful role it plays in passing on traditions to the next generation.

SEIU’s Human Right Committee also handed out a few awards to 3 special individuals and 1 community organization.

SEIU Local 1 Canada Human Rights Committee Community Spirit Award was handed out to the Miracle Center Ministries.

SEIU’s 2013 Community Leadership Award was given to former executive board member and recent retiree Joyce Kerr for her help to build a stronger community.

SEIU’s 2013 Leadership Award was won by Eulalee Robinson to thank her for her leadership with on various campaigns and member driven committees.

2013 Steward Leadership Award was given to Manny DeBem in appreciation of his leadership as a steward and commitment to SEIU’s members. Guests of the event were treated to a variety of performances ranging from spoken-word poetry to traditional African dancing and singing, while they dined on traditional Caribbean dishes.

SEIU’s Human Rights Committee also held a Black History Month event at Sunnybrook Hospital on February 19TH 2013. Sunnybrook’s very own Dave “SteelPan” Coar, vocalist Iman Thabit and Canadian songstress Gemini performed at the event, showcasing the exceptional talent housed within the SEIU community.

SEIU’s Director of Member Engagement, Tyler Downey, praised the Human Rights Committee for its dedication. “Without the work of the Human Rights Committee, none of this would of been possible,” said Downey. “I’m proud of their efforts, and I encourage all members to find different ways to get involved in the many community initiatives that we have here at SEIU”.

For more pictures from SEIU’s Black History Month Celebrations at Sunnybrook Hospital and SEIU’s Head Office, check out links to our Flickr page.

Sunnybrook SEIU Black History Month Celebration:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/seiulocal1canada/sets/72157632926340316/

SEIU’s Black History Month Celebration “Keeping the Dream Alive”:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/seiulocal1canada/sets/72157632924842698/