Neha Channan Bio
Neha was elected as the Young Worker Representative of the Prairie Region Council at the PSAC Prairie Region Triennial Convention in June 2021. Prior to that, she was elected as the first alternate Racially Visible Representative for the previous term on Council, and later stepped into the role as the Racially Visible Representative in 2019 until June 2021.
Neha started her career in the public service as an FSWEP student. She is a Hearings Officer at Canada Border Servies Agency. Previously, she was previously an Immigration Officer at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
Neha first became involved in PSAC through her mother, Niru Channan. From a young age, she volunteered and engaged in PSAC events, activities, and learning before joining the public service herself. Once joining the workforce, she immediately joined her union’s local and held the position of President for several terms. Neha was also a delegate for PSAC’s Social Justice Fund, and had the opportunity to travel to Guatemala in 2018.
Within the CEIU component, Neha was elected as CEIU’s National Human Rights and Race Relations Committee alternate. She had the opportunity to sit on the national committee’s meetings and engage in racially visible member’s issues. Neha also sat on PSAC’s National Human Rights Committee during her capacity as the Racially Visible Representative for the PRC. Neha is now a member of the CIU component, and sits on the Anti-Racism Committee and Training Sub-Committee.
In the role as the Young Worker Representative, Neha’s goals for this term are to organize and strengthen the Young Worker Committees in the Region, create a strong network, and narrow down the issues that pertain to young workers in today’s time where the pandemic has drastically changed the norm. She is open to ideas and looks forward to connecting with fellow young workers in the region.
“It is not enough to be compassionate. You must act.” – Dalai Lama