To promote awareness of the cultures of our Workers of Colour Members within our union membership, and how their values intertwine with union values.

We are committed to promoting racial justice, inclusion, and equality in the workplace and in our communities. 

We aim to build strong relationships with community organizations and allies through participation in cultural events. 


The Committee shall be composed of up to eight SEIU-West Members in good standing. The committee will be comprised of members that identify as workers of colour. Motion to appoint members will be approved by the Executive Board.

The committee will be tabled by two co-chairs that identify as workers of colour. There will be an elected recording secretary, nominated by the committee members. 


The committee, in consultation wih the Staff assigned shall hold up to two one-day face-to-face meetings per year and conference calls as may be required. Additional meetings may be requested by submitting an "Additional Meeting Request" form to the SEIU-West Executive Board outlining the rationale.  

Duties & Responsibilities

  1. To assist the SEIU-West Executive Board in achieving its targets and priorities while ensuring diverse representation.
  2. To engage our Workers of Colour members to strengthen their union knowledge and engagement. 
  3. To promote racial justice, inclusion and equity in our workplaces and communities.
  4. To educate and inform all union members on Workers of Colour issues within the workplace.
  5. To keep our Workers of Colour members up to date on specific issues that might impact them.
  6. To recruit possible members by attending meetings, conferences and cultural events.
  7. To work with other Equity seeking groups to broaden and develop the goals of union members.
  8. To be an advisory and a resource for all union members, the Executive Board and bargaining committee on Workers of Colour issues and to ensure that diversity is reflected.

Committee Members

Committee Chair:
Jeanne Javinal - Licensed Practical Nurse, Community Renal Hemodialysis Centre (Saskatoon) 

Committee Vice Chair:

Valentine Osadugba - Continuing Care Assistant - Parkside Special Care Home (Regina)

Recording Secretary:

Arlene Lontoc - Medical Laboratory Assistant - Saskatoon City Hospital

Committee Members:
Claudia Moran Gossmann - Home Care (Saskatoon)

Yolanda Sagayo - Head Cook, Davidson Health Centre (Davidson) - 306.262.3163  

Leta Raquel Lee - Health Records Clerk - Saskatoon City Hospital - 306.203.1544

Hassan Mowgli 

Top Officer:
Janice Platzke 1-888-999-SEIU ext 8732

Staff Representative:
Dennel Pickering – 306.652.1011 ext. 2241



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SEIU-West Fest 2024

The Workers of Colour Multicultural Mentorship Committee (WoCMMC) is hosting an event at Nutrien Playland at Kinsmen Park for SEIU-West members and their families. We welcome you to join us for rides, a BBQ and laughter!

When: June 20th from 11:00am-2:00pm

Where: Nutrien Playland at Kinsmen Park, 945 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

What: Free rides and hotdogs to celebrate Filipino Heritage Month (June), National Indigenous Peoples Day, (June 21) and World Refugee Day (June 20). 

Who: You and your family are welcome to join!

Stop by the SEIU-West tent to get your wristband for rides. 


Potluck and Karaoke Party to celebrate Canadian Multiculturalism Day 2023

You're invited to join the SEIU-West Multiculturalism Mentorship Committee to celebrate Canadian Multiculturalism Day with a potluck and karaoke party! Use the RSVP function here to let us know you're coming!

Families are welcome! And feel free to bring a special dish to share with other attendees!

Please note that we ask all ingredients are clearly marked on a card with any food so people may handle their dietary restrictions and/or allergies appropriately.

Black History Month 2023

Black History Month is a great opportunity to acknowledge the achievements of African Americans in North America. The theme for this year (2023) is “Ours to tell”. As an African diaspora and the Multicultural Mentorship Committee co-chair, I would like to reflect on the “Year of Return”, (2019) and “Beyond the Return” initiatives organized by Ghana in West Africa to recognize the 400th anniversary of the year the first slave traded Africans landed in America. 

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