OPSEU’s Sylvanna Peterson Has Resigned (Autistic children rejoice!)

OPSEU 330 President Silvanna Petersen wearing riot gear…

If you were reading my stories back in June you would remember my series of articles about how the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) was promoting the use of martial arts gear against autistic children in the Simcoe County School District. The battle was intense, the parents & kids were going through some serious pain, and many people around the world were highly upset with this proposal. During this conflict I introduced my readers to a rather unsavoury character named Sylvanna Petersen.

Sylvanna was the most gung-ho proponents of using tools of violence against helpless children- to the point of where (as pictured above) she showed up for pictures in the media dressed up like a neo-nazi stormtrooper. Not only was this an incredibly insensitive act, but it was a public relations nightmare. Sylvanna didn’t make the Educational Assistants at OPSEU 330 look very good.

Well, it seems that OPSEU has figured this out now. Someone shared an announcement with me today from their website- Sylvanna will be leaving the 330 local. I can imagine there are dozens of parents of special needs kids who are taking a collective (no pun intended) sigh of relief.

Don’t be too happy about this though because, as with most good news, there’s some bad news that comes along with the story. Sylvanna will be taking-up a new position as a Labour Relations Officer with the Ontario Nurses Association. So, while autistic children can feel safer with her gone, the nursing business may be in for some trouble.

Nursing can be a challenging business, and there are often situations where nurses face aggressive patients. The question is, what will Sylvanna suggest for them? I’m guessing she’s already worn-out her martial arts equipment concept and will bring some new ideas to the nurses. How about arming nurses with machine guns!


I’ll be keeping a close eye on Sylvanna, as will a few other people I know. There’s an old Chinese curse that says “may you live in interesting times.” Let’s hope things don’t get too interesting for Ontario’s nurses…

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