Regional Executive Vice President
Lorraine Rousseau is a dedicated labour and social justice activist who is committed to protecting quality public services that make our local communities stronger across the North. She lived and worked across the North for most of her adult life. Lorraine currently lives and learns in Taagı́sh Nataasahéen, the traditional territories of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation (also known as Carcross, Yukon).
Lorraine was elected at PSAC North 8th Triennial Regional Convention May 27- 30, 2021.
Over the past years, Lorraine has campaigned for and worked towards diversity and inclusion in the North and nationally, including her workplace, RCMP in Whitehorse, Yukon. She has devoted her efforts to creating positive space through being the National Representative for Diversity and Inclusion, Employment Equity, Mental Wellness, Peer to Peer and ASIST (suicide prevention). Lorraine coordinated and facilitated Diversity Week annually and strived for LGBTQ2S+ inclusion and helped in implementing and making available Transgender policy and guides within her workplace.
Lorraine served as the Vice President of the Executive of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada’s PSAC Local Y0102 and the Executive of Union of Safety and Justice Employees’ Local Y0018. She also was an active member of PSAC North Yukon Regional Women’s Committee. Representing the Women’s Committee at Yukon Area Council, she successfully motioned for and received funds for various women’s transition homes and programs that directly address issues facing women in crisis.
Lorraine is a tireless labour rights activist who spares no effort to ensure that the voices of workers and their communities are heard through political action and lobbying. For instance, she successfully lobbied Yukon MP Larry Bagnell to stand up in the Parliament to draw attention to the fiasco of Phoenix pay system.
Lorraine believes in climate action and a just recovery from the pandemic in which we all work together in decreasing emissions that are harmful to the environment. She is also a strong advocate for youth inclusion at the union and workplaces.
“I am committed to the path we are on. We are all individuals in our collective, yet we are stronger together.” ~ Lorraine Rousseau.
Calendar of events
To build stronger communities and connect with members from all across the North, Lorraine is committed to making meaningful visits to towns, cities and hamlets all across the vast Northern expanse. Whether it’s to attend as a guest speaker, simply get to know the issues that are important to members, or to attend Regional Committees’ Annual General Meetings, Lorraine is eager to take part. If you’d like to have Lorraine visit your region, we’ve supplied a calendar of her schedule that will help inform members where the REVP will be throughout the year.
Along with dedicated staff throughout Canada, the PSAC’s Alliance Executive Committee works tirelessly to improve the working conditions and quality of life of its more than 200,000 members.
Alternate Regional Executive Vice President
Reyhan Sarikaya is a proud resident of the Northwest Territories. She has lived and worked in the territories for 17 years. Her passion and dedication to the labour movement translates to the roles she has volunteered to step into and the work she has done throughout the years.
As the youngest daughter to non-English speaking immigrant parents, Sarikaya grew up advocating for her parents as they were working hard to raise, protect and educate their three children in an unfamiliar country while trying to learn the language and understand the culture.
Prior to being elected as the Alternate PSAC North REVP, Sarikaya stepped into the role of Northern Labor Federation VP during 2021. She chaired the PSAC North Health and Safety Committee from 2019-2022. On March 31, 2022, she was elected as the President of Union of Health and Environmental Workers Local 30725 and from 2019-2021 was elected as the President of Union of National Defence Employees Local 1201.
Sarikaya has also taken on the role as Shop Steward when she was part of Union of Safety and Justice Employees Local X0149 Yellowknife RCMP/Justice/PPSC.