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December 8, 2016

Dear Sisters and Brothers:

We are excited to announce our 3rd OFL Women’s Leadership Summit!

This is a unique opportunity for union women to come together with like-minded trade union and community Sisters to share information about skill building, strategy and the incredible opportunities for women in the labour movement.

Women are now the majority of union members. Study after study shows that the future growth of the labour movement will be primarily women workers, particularly women workers who are from equity-seeking groups. The Summit will explore strategies to fight for the workers’ right’s agenda, elect progressive governments, build women’s involvement in unions and strengthen the labour movement today and in the future.

Sisters who would benefit from our Women’s Summit and who are welcome to attend are:

• Women in your union who are displaying leadership qualities – future leaders;
• New women activists who would like to learn and share information with other Sisters;
• Women within your union who you would like to encourage to get active and involved;
• Current women leaders within your union who can share their expertise and experiences;
• Women at all levels of activism within your union (i.e. Local Union, District, Regional,
Provincial and/or National women activists).

Sisters will benefit from the discussion and participation of leadership panels, mobilizing/knowledge circle workshops and key note speakers. They will explore many of the challenges and great opportunities within the labour movement and our communities as well as the necessity to reach out to other women with organizing in mind. These skills are especially important in mobilizing for the 2018 provincial and municipal elections and of course, we will make time for Sisters to get to know each other and network through new and renewed friendships. A report with recommendations will be produced following the Summit which will assist in giving direction for future work of the OFL and our partners.

Details of the OFL Women’s Leadership Summit:

To download the agenda click here.

Location and time:

Where: UNIFOR Family Education Centre 115 Shipley Avenue, Port Elgin
When: Friday March 24 (7:00 pm) to Sunday March 26, 2017 (noon)
Registration Fee: $180.00

Summit Registration: 

To download registration form click here.

Please return registration forms to Paulette Hazel: 
Email: Mail: 202-15 Gervais Drive Toronto, ON M3C 1Y8

Child care forms:

To download the child care forms click here.

Please complete the attached Unifor Child Care Services form and return no later than March 15, 2017 to Unifor Family Education Centre, 115 Shipley Avenue, RR #1, Port Elgin, ON N0H 2C5. Tel: 519.389.3233 − Fax 519.389.3544 or email


To download the reservation form click here.


To book your accommodations, please complete the accommodation form and return to UNIFOR Family Education Centre: Fax: 519.389.3222 

The following room and board rates include 3 meals per day commencing with supper March 24, 2017 (check-in date) and ending with lunch on March 26, 2016 (check-out date). We do encourage sisters to share rooms.

**Affiliates are urged to ask their participants to share bedrooms as there are limited numbers available. Once full, the Centre will direct participants to nearby hotels (5 minutes from the Centre).

As always, this Summit fills up quickly so please submit your registrations early to avoid disappointment.

Conference rate plus applicable taxes:
Per Night 2 Nights

Double (sharing with another person) $185.00 $370.00
Single $260.00 $520.00
Delegate and spouse $310.00 $620.00
Children (17 and over) $ 50.00 $100.00
Children (12-16) $ 25.00 $ 50.00
Children (11 and under) no charge no charge

You can reach Paulette Hazel at 416.443.7667. If you have any questions please contact OFL staff co-ordinating Summit, Sister Carrol Anne Sceviour at, office 416.443.7670, mobile 416.606.5046.

Personal Assistance:

To download the personal assistance form click here.

Bus Transportation to the Centre: 

From Toronto: Bus leaving from Lester B. Pearson International Airport going directly to the Centre. Bus Arrangements: Grey Bruce Airbus (1.800.361.0393 or 1.519.389.4433) for arrangements to and from the Toronto airport

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