Leadership Message 2021

(Posted April 25, 2021)

We want to thank each and every one of you for your leadership during the past year. OPSEU/SEFPO is a team effort, and we could not represent our members effectively during these difficult times without your fantastic leadership at the local level.

On December 7, 2020, with the health risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic in mind, OPSEU/SEFPO’s Executive Board made the decision to postpone Convention 2021. The Convention Planning Committee has arranged to engage with local presidents/highest ranking and select committee members by distributing this leadership message which includes central and regional updates.

Please view our video by clicking this link: Leadership Message 2021

Video agenda


00:00:00 - Intro

00:00:10 - O Canada

00:01:38 - President Warren (Smokey) Thomas

00:18:47 - First Vice-President/Treasurer Eduardo Almeida

00:28:29 - Organizing during COVID-19

00:30:15 - Region 1 update

00:35:39 - Region 2 update

00:38:36 - Region 3 update

00:44:13 - Region 4 update

00:50:08 - Region 5 update

00:55:30 - Region 6 update

00:59:26 - Region 7 update

01:04:15 - Thank you to the front lines (English)

01:05:21 - Merci aux travailleurs de première ligne (français)

OPSEU/SEFPO Leadership History

We have had a long list of leaders who have enriched our union and helped it grow and flourish.

The History of OPSEU/SEFPO Presidents

Please find attached poster of OPSEU/SEFPO Presidents throughout history to post in your locals.

The History of OPSEU/SEFPO Vice-Presidents

Please find attached poster of OPSEU/SEFPO First Vice-Presidents throughout history to post in your locals.

Ontario needs a shot in the arm


During these difficult times, OPSEU/SEFPO remains committed to supporting front-line workers, and understands the importance of a successful vaccine rollout. The union recently launched an ad campaign encouraging all members – and Ontarians – to get vaccinated as soon as possible and to support the vaccination effort by talking to family and friends and encouraging them to do the same.

The vaccine is absolutely our best shot at recovery,” said President Thomas. We’ve been through these difficult times together, and the way out of this is together too.”

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Ontario needs a shot in the arm because the way out of this is together - lets all do our part and #GetVaccinated #COVID19 #VaccinesSaveLives @OPSEU @SEFPO