Unifor Family Education Program
Ever thought of taking a family holiday with your union? Want to meet people from across Canada, learn about our new union and issues facing Canadian families, and enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world?
If the answer is yes then you should apply for the Unifor Family Education Program.
For over 40 years, Unifor has offered a Family Education Program for members and their families. If selected by the local/national union to attend, the member agrees to give up his/her vacation time and the national union covers costs for meals and accommodations, and where required, air travel.
The program takes place in the summer at the Unifor Family Education Centre in Port Elgin, Ontario. A call letter is sent to all Unifor locals in January, with a registration deadline in March. Selection is complete by early May.
Pre-teens participate in recreational programs run by fully-trained child care workers and counselors.
Teenagers participate in a specially-designed program which recognizes their unique interests but also incorporates the issues of social unionism in their curriculum.
Adults, both members and their spouse/partner, combine learning and recreational activities and come away from the program with a better understanding of how to integrate trade unionism and social activism in the life of the family and community. Through small group discussions, case studies, video presentations, guest speakers, role plays, art, music and other activities, participants draw from their own experiences and learn from each other about environmental, workplace, political, human rights, and social issues affecting all of us, our families, and working people around the world.
Every Unifor member, and all immediate family members, including dependent children up to 18 years of age, are eligible to attend the Family Education Program.
For more information about applying to attend the Family Education Summer Program, contact your Local Union Executive or Education Committee.
To find out more about the program,click here.
The deadline to register is Friday, April 17, 2015
From Denise Hillier who attended the program in summer 2014:
A summer to remember!
First I would like to say a big thank you to FFAW-Unifor for allowing my family the opportunity to attend the Family Education Program at the Unifor Education Centre in Port Elgin, Ontario last July.
From the moment you arrive at the Unifor Family Education Centre, you are treated like family - with respect and everyone has a smile. Prior to attending this program I had only a small amount of knowledge of the broad aspect of the union, how it worked, what it was all about and the political and social issues surrounding unions.
The Unifor Family Education Program is designed to enable Unifor members and their families to understand the structure and goals of Unifor and trade unions in general.
It has given me the opportunity to get to know other union members and their families from across the country, many of whom I still remain in contact with on a daily basis. I learned more about our union, our workplaces and our communities. It was a relaxing and enjoyable time with my family.
My children, aged 8 and 12, participated in recreational programs that were run by fully trained workers and counsellors. A very privileged summer camp! Teens also had their own program designed to recognize their interest and also incorporate various issues such a social unionism.
The classroom/plenary work involved things like group discussions, case studies, video presentations and various guest speakers. It was very informative and covered various social and workplace issues. While the classroom work was a structured part of the program the adults also had the opportunity to combine both learning and recreational activities.
Family time is also a priority for Unifor. Every day we spent time doing family activities. From enjoying the amazing beach and warm water on Lake Huron, nightly campfires, childcare provided for socials and a fully functional gymnasium, we were never bored. It was very safe and secure on these premises and the kids enjoyed it just as much as the adults. Let's not forget to mention the amazing food. Be prepared to eat plenty and grow a little.
Since attending one of the finest union education centres in the world I now have a better understanding of how the union operates and the great work it does to help thousands across Canada. It has made me participate more within my community to try and help union members with various issues that has been addressed by our union.
If this sounds like a family vacation that you would like to take please contact your local FFAW-Unifor rep in your area for application and/or more information. Or feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. EVERYONE should experience this and learn more about what YOUR union can do for you.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! Thank you FFAW-Unifor for an experience of a lifetime. We can't wait to go back!
The Hillier Family,
Denise, Chelsea and James