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Unifor 5555 has a number of Standing Committees active within our Local. Any member is welcome to join whichever committee aligns with their interests. For more information about the various committees themselves, visit their pages. If you are interested in joining one of the committees, either contact the Chair of the committee, or

The Education Committee facilitates the numerous education opportunities available for our members. 

Committee Members
Sarah-kai Antanaitis
Mirian DeLeon
Emly Heikoop
Judy Leullier
Kim Sardella


These are free on-line webinars being offered to Unifor Members.  You do not have to apply like for PEL or Area School courses, but you do have to RSVP.  The link to do so can be found on the course page.

To educate members on key issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Unifor’s Education Department will host a series of webinars on health and safety, the government’s Canada Emergency Response Benefit, and mental health. Unifor remains committed to providing members with assistance and support as information and circumstances change by the hour. By participating in the Education Department’s webinar sessions, members can engage with experts and get answers to urgent questions as quickly and effectively as possible.

Navigating Employment Insurance and the Canada Emergency Response Benefits


Mental Health: Connecting members to resources and services


Understanding the right to refuse unsafe work


Mental Health – Addiction during a time of crisis


Young Workers and the crisis

Open to Unifor members 35 years old and under.

***All Courses and Conferences at the Port Elgin Family Education Centre have been cancelled through to September.  We fully anticipate that courses will be up and running again as soon as it is safe to do so.  

(1) 5555 Internal PEL application

(2) National PEL application form

Submit via email attachment to or fax to 905-385-5553 or in hard copy to either union office location (on campus, Gilmour Hall B111 or off campus 86 Hester St.).

Please address to :  Unifor Local 5555 Paid Education Leave Selection Committee,  Attention:  Kim Sardella, Financial Secretary-Treasurer.
Please do not fax your application directly to the Port Elgin Family Education Centre as it will not be accepted or returned to us.

Applications must be received before the internal course application deadline indicated in the attached course schedule.
Please note the internal application deadlines are earlier than those listed on the Unifor National webpage to allow time for our Local’s internal applicant evaluation and approval process.

Also note, before you apply for any Paid Education Leave courses, you must speak to your supervisor to ensure you can be away (released) from your job for the particular week of the course. Your department will be reimbursed for the costs associated (wages & benefits) with your time away while attending the course.

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