Nominations for PWC Bread and Roses Award & Regional Recognition Awards.

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OPSEU/SEFPO’s Provincial Women’s Committee (PWC) is seeking nominations for the Bread and Roses Award as well as its Regional Recognition Awards!

The Bread and Roses Award recognizes achievements in leadership, innovative thinking and transforming communities as they relate to engaging more women or woman identifying individuals in the labour movement through their activities with OPSEU/SEFPO and their communities. This individual must have also demonstrated the ability and spirit in advancing gender equality with a deep commitment to social justice.

In addition, the PWC also recognizes activities with their Regional Recognition Awards. A woman or woman identifying OPSEU/SEFPO members from each of the union’s seven regions will be recognized for their contribution to the labour movement. The women or women identifying individuals nominated for these awards must have also demonstrated a commitment to supporting equity, promoted an understanding of the strength our union gains from diversity, and have the mindset that there are no barriers to anyone achieving their goal. The PWC is looking for women or woman identifying individuals who have worked collaboratively and lifted others along the way to effect positive change in their communities.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be an OPSEU/SEFPO member in good standing
  • Must be a woman or woman identifying individual


OPSEU/SEFPO’s Provincial Women’s Committee will present the Bread and Roses Award and Regional Recognition Awards at the 2023 Women’s Breakfast at the OPSEU/SEFPO Convention in April.

Nominations can be made by any member, local, Executive Board Member or member of any OPSEU/SEFPO provincial equity committee or caucus.

Nominations must take into consideration the following:

  • Is the nominee active in OPSEU/SEFPO (e.g. elected to a union position)?
  • Are they trade unionists or potential trade unionists?
  • List any past and future activities that the nominee is involved in that support and promote gender equality either in the workplace or community.
  • How do the nominee’s goals and objectives align with the work of the Provincial Women’s Committee?
  • What characteristics and skills do they possess that demonstrate excellence in leadership and activism?
  • Provide a description of how their activism has positively impacted the labour movement and/or their community allies.

If you are nominating a Black, racialized or Indigenous woman or woman identify individual, please specify that in your nomination submission.

Members of OPSEU/SEFPO’s Provincial Women’s Committee (PWC) will review and select an award recipient from all nominations and applications. The recipients will be presented with the awards at the Women’s Breakfast at the OPSEU/SEFPO Convention in April.

All nominations and applications for the Bread and Roses Award can be sent to Dianne Clarabut, Chair of the OPSEU/SEFPO Provincial Women’s Committee (PWC) at

Nominations for the Regional Recognition Awards can be sent to each PWC representative:

Region 1: Sue Fairweather
Region 2: Sania Wadalia
Region 3: Crystal Garvey
Region 4: Dianne Clarabut
Region 5: Megan Carter
Region 6: Maureen Harkin
Region 7: Gail Kelly

All nominations must be received no later than 5pm on Tuesday, April 11, 2023.

If you have any questions, please contact the OPSEU/SEFPO Member Equity Unit at

In Solidarity,

OPSEU/SEFPO Provincial Women’s Committee (PWC)