Convention 2011 opens with
cheers and applause
April 6, 2011
Day 1 of the Annual OPSEU Convention opened with cheers,
wide eyes and lots of applause as members celebrated the
union’s 100th anniversary.
Convention’s new home at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre
took many members by surprise as they walked on the
convention floor for the first time. Nearly double in size
as the room in the Sheraton, jaws dropped as delegates,
alternates and observers took in the sheer enormity of the
Also, for the first time in years, alternates and observers
were able to sit on the main convention floor instead of
watching Convention remotely from an overflow room.
Singer-songwriter Justin Hines opened Convention with “O
Canada” and two songs he selected for this year. Then, Hines
brought the entire Convention to its feet with the song
“OPSEU – Going Strong,” an anthem he wrote especially for
OPSEU’s 100th Anniversary.
Motivational speaker Drew Dudley, Toronto Counselor Janet
Davis, Tourism Toronto representative Denise Wiese and
Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath all took turns welcoming
members to Convention.
Day 1 of Convention continues with the President’s address,
a report on the union’s finances and the annual report of
the OPSEU Executive Board.