Nycole Turmel worked in a Canada Employment Centre before getting involved with the Union movement.
From 1979 to 2006, she held different Union positions at the local, regional and national levels. Upon retiring, she was National President of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, the first women to ever hold that position.
Nycole Turmel has continued her involvement in her community. She is a member of two Boards on affordable housing. She represents the workers on the Management Committee of Financial Assets of the QFL Solidarity Fund. From 2007 to 2011, she was Vice-President of the Ombudsman Office of the City of Gatineau. A Research Academic Chair at UQAM on public spaces and political innovations was named in her honor.