Sheila Wilmot is an experienced advocate, educator and organizer, in both community and workplace settings. She became a community organizer in the late 1980s, working with a range of people on local anti-racist, workers’ rights, feminist and anti-war organizing, as well as with a number of international solidarity projects. She is also the author of a number of articles and other publications. Her book, Taking Responsibility, Taking Direction: White Anti-Racism in Canada (Arbeiter Ring Publishing, 2005) is a reflection on her involvement in collective social change work.
In her position as staff Equity Officer at the Canadian Union of Public Employees local 3903, she carries out policy, education, advocacy and mediation work in relation to harassment, discrimination and accommodation. Sheila also holds a PhD from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Labour-community coalition organizing was the focus of her research. Her dissertation – The Social Organization of the Ontario Minimum Wage Campaign – is a contribution to understanding the challenging reality of anti-racist workers’ rights organizing today.She currently works at The Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University.