Rousseau was elected at PSAC North’s 8th Regional Triennial Convention May 27-30, 2021.
Lorraine Rousseau is a dedicated labour and social justice activist who is committed to protecting quality public services that make local communities stronger across the North. She lived and worked in 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).
Over the past years, Rousseau has campaigned for and worked towards diversity and inclusion in the North and nationally, including in her workplace at the RCMP in Whitehorse, Yukon. She has devoted her efforts to creating positive spaces as the national representative for diversity and inclusion, employment equity, mental wellness, peer to peer and ASIST (suicide prevention). Rousseau coordinated and facilitated Diversity Week annually and strived for LGBTQ2+ inclusion and helped in implementing and making available transgender policies and guides within her workplace.
Rousseau served as the Vice-President of the Executive of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada’s PSAC Local Y0102 and on the Executive of the 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.
Rousseau 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. She has successfully lobbied MLAs and her MP on a variety of issues of importance to PSAC members across the territories.
She 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 in the union and in workplaces.
“I am committed to the path we are on. We are all individuals in our collective, yet we are stronger together.”