Black History Month – Celebrating our Members: Djimy Theodore & Wendy Shea

Djimy Theodore

Djimy was born and raised in Les Cayes, a small town in Haiti. Of a curious nature who was eager for knowledge, Djimy earned a place at the Grand Séminaire where he undertook a training in philosophy. He continued his studies in philosophy and theology in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic while working in accounting. In 1999, Djimy moved to Quebec. Like many immigrants, he faced multiple obstacles in having his education and skills recognized. He decided to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from HEC Montreal.

His experiences in Haiti shaped his outlook on social justice and workers’ rights. Djimy states, “Having been raised in a dictatorship, I witnessed the disregard of human rights by people who were clinging to power at the expense of the well-being of the community. I promised myself that as I grew up, I would do everything in my power to improve the lot of my community.”

It is with these convictions that Djimy became active in the union. Djimy became involved in Local UTE 10028 in 2008. Over the years, he has served as a steward and as chair of the Employment Equity Committee for the regions of Laval, Laurentides and Lanaudière. He also became president of the Laval, Laurentides and Lanaudière region for the PSAC Quebec Council. He was elected Equity Director for PSAC-Quebec in April 2019.

Active and militant, Djimy supports causes like Greenpeace and Rotary International. He believes the building of strength in communities is an engine of change. “Struggles are still to be fought, negotiations are under way, men and women are suffering injustice of all kinds. It is for these people that I wanted to become involved.”

Wendy Shea

Wendy Shea is a proud mother and grandmother who has worked for the Government of Canada for over 35 years.

Her union involvement usually focuses around her main passion: women’s issues. As an active member of the Halifax Regional Women’s Committee, she likes to make a difference in helping women. She’s been involved in the labour movement for over 20 years.

She also plays an active role in her local community with her local church and serves as a board member of the Nova Scotia Mass Choir and the Global African Congress – Nova Scotia Chapter.


February 28, 2020