Since the early 1970’s our Union has offered a Family Education Program for members and their families. The program takes place during the summer months at the Unifor Family Education Centre in Port Elgin, Ontario. The application deadline is April 20th 2018 . The selection process is complete by early May.
Every Unifor member, and their immediate family members, including dependent children up to 18 years of age, are eligible to attend the Family Education Program. If selected by the local/national union to attend, the member agrees to give up their vacation time and the national union covers costs for meals and accommodations while at the Unifor Family Education Centre.
The centre offers programs for different age groups, which includes classroom time, recreation and family events. Preteens 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.
I attended the Family Education Program 20 years ago it was a great experience for my family, my spouse gained an understanding of the issues that affected us, my children were well cared for and we all had a very interesting family vacation that we will never forget. I would highly recommend that Unifor members consider applying for this program, you will not regret it.
In Solidarity, Peter Scott
Click HERE for a printable copy of the 2018 application form.
Click HERE for a printable 8 1/2 x 14″ poster to display in your workplace.
For more information about applying to attend the Family Education Summer Program, contact your Local Union Executive or Education Committee.