Apply to attend the Prairie School for Union Women

PSAC is proud to offer funding to a select number of union sisters to participate in the annual Prairie School for Union Women (PSUW), an intensive four days of learning and sharing to develop women’s personal and leadership skills and to build solidarity among women workers. Over the years, the highly acclaimed PSUW has been a progressive and inspirational event for women who want to take a more active role in their unions.

The Prairie Region Council (PRC) has set aside funds to establish a memorial scholarship in Sister Judy Shannon’s name to fund one participant’s expenses (registration, travel, loss of salary) per year.

Sister Judy Shannon passed away in November 2016 and had always been a passionate educator, dedicated activist and an exceptional regional education officer. She had been an advocate and facilitator for the PSUW for years. We are grateful to be able to honour her dedication to education and passion for the PSUW with the establisment of this annual scholarship in her name.

Additionally, for this year only, the PSAC Prairie Region education budget will provide subsidies for up to two active union sisters per province to attend this year’s PSUW. The PSAC subsidy will cover the cost of the early bird registration fee of $850 (which covers accommodation, meals and programming). Subsidy applicants will be expected to approach their Locals and, where applicable, Components, for additional financial support (i.e. transportation, loss of salary). Where possible, Locals are encouraged to financially support their union sisters in attending this year’s PSUW. 

Apply online now

Online applications must be completed by Friday, April 14, 2017 at noon. Applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application by Monday, April 24, 2016.

The selection of participants will be made by the PRC Regional Women’s Committees Rep and the Regional Executive Vice-President, in consulation with the Prairies Regional Education Officer, and will be based on the applicant’s qualifications and experience, as outlined on the online application.

This year, the PSUW is celebrating its 21st anniversary and takes place from June 11-15, 2017 at Waskesiu Lake, Saskatchewan. For further information on the conference, workshops and schedule, see the attached brochure.


  • Members who can demonstrate their interest, commitment, or previous experience with women’s issues and union activism are encouraged to apply. 
  • Successful applicants will be required to participate in all events and, if able, are asked to document the experience through photos, video, and/or social media.
  • Submit a report about the experience to the PSAC Prairies Regional Executive Vice-President and the Prairie Region Council.
  • After the PSUW, PSAC participants will be expected to work with their Regional Women’s Committee.

Apply online now

If you are interested in being considered for this opportunity, please complete the online application form. Applicants should also indicate if there is opportunity for funding or partial funding from another source.

Online applications must be completed by Friday, April 14, 2017 at noon. Applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application by Monday, April 24, 2016.

In Solidarity,

Marianne Hladun (
Regional Executive Vice-President
Public Service Alliance of Canada, Prairies

Dolly Ablitt (
Acting Regional Education Officer
PSAC Prairie Region

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