Orientation for Local Presidents this March

January 7, 2013

Due to popular demand, OPSEU will be holding two Orientations for Local Presidents in March 2013.

This two-day workshop provides an orientation for OPSEU local presidents to their leadership roles within the union.

Day one helps local presidents navigate OPSEU’s organizational structure, systems and resources.  Local presidents will also strategize on building an involved membership through steward development and contract enforcement with a focus on health and safety and equity as everyday local issues.

Day two focuses on mobilizing the local through effective communication, inclusive leadership, creating local by-laws and developing a strategic approach to employer tactics. We explore practical leadership responses to everyday situations through group work and interaction with other local presidents.

First Orientation Session:           

Thursday, March 21, 2013, 8:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, March 22, 2013, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Second Orientation Session:

Monday, March 25, 2013, 8:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location:      100 Lesmill Road, OPSEU Head Office, Toronto.

Who can take the course?

All local presidents who have NOT taken the two-day Orientation for Local Presidents are eligible to participate.  The workshop, with limited numbers, will ensure equitable participation from each region.

Get your application in!

Complete the application form below and submit by Friday, January 25, 2013, 3:00 p.m.  Any applications received after this time will not be considered for the March 2013 orientations.

You can email or fax the completed application form to the attention of the Training and Development Unit at presidentsorientation@opseu.org, or (416) 443-0180. If you have any questions or need more information, you can call Michelle Langlois at 1-800-268-7376 or 416-443-8888, ext. 8299.


Selection will ensure equitable representation by regions.  If there are more applications than available spaces, selection will be based on the order of date of election as president.

If the March dates don’t work for you

If the dates listed are not convenient for you, there will be other Orientations for Local Presidents this year.  Application information will be made available at that time.

You can also call your regional office for a copy of the New Presidents: Getting Started Toolkit. This is a practical resource designed to give new local presidents immediate support before they get to the Orientation for Local Presidents.  There is also a New Presidents: Getting Started 3 hour module, available through your staff rep and regional office.

Download Application Form

We have made it easier to send your application by e-mail!  You can type your information into the application form, save it, and send it by e-mail to presidentsorientation@opseu.org.  If you do not receive e-mail confirmation within 2 working days that it has been received, OR by the end of the day on the deadline date, please call the Training and Development Unit at 1-800-268-7376 ext. 8299.

If you are faxing your application: Please call or e-mail the Training and Development Unit (presidentsorientation@opseu.org, or 1-800-268-7376 ext. 8299) after faxing to ensure that we have received it.


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