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. 

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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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. 

Apply for 2023 Multicultural Mentorship Committee AND Young Workers Conference

The SEIU-West Multicultural Mentorship Committee and Young Worker Committee have partnered to invite you to apply to attend their 2023 Conference. This conference is intended for young workers, new Canadians and workers of colour, where we can discuss mental health, discrimination, the challenges of coming to Canada, and issues like accessing affordable, nutritional food. 

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