Every year at convention, OPSEU SEFPO honours locals and individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the union.
Nominations for the 2024 awards are now closed.
The following is a list of the awards that are presented, along with a brief description.
Human Rights Award (local and individual)
This award is presented to one local and one individual having made the most significant contribution to the advancement of human right issues and the principles of equity.
Health and Safety Award (local and individual)
This award is presented to one local and one individual having made the most significant contribution to the advancement of our members’ interests in the area of occupational health and safety.
Leah Casselman Award (local and individual)
This award is presented to one local and one individual for mobilizing activities – one who best exemplifies the spirit and intent of “mobilizing to win.”
Live and Let Live Award (local)
This award is presented to the local that best promotes, advances, and advocates on behalf of the Live and Let Live fund to combat HIV/AIDS.
Honorary Lifetime Membership (retired members)
This award is presented to retired members who have made significant contributions to their local or to the union as a whole.
Stanley H. Knowles Humanitarian Award (individual and group)
This award is bestowed on individuals or groups who exemplify the spirit, dedication, and ideals of its first recipient, Canadian parliamentarian Stanley H. Knowles.
Tim Brown Award (individual)
This award is presented to a person of First Nation status and non-status, Métis or Inuit background for outstanding contributions to advancing the voice of Indigenous people in OPSEU and the labour movement.
Rainford Jackson Education and Development Fund Award
This fund is awarded to support organizations or projects that aim to reduce racism and improve the condition of minority groups in our society through education and organization.
Fred Upshaw Social Justice Award of Merit (Individual)
This award is presented to a racialized member who has demonstrated leadership qualities within the union and the community at large.