Two OPSEU advocates from Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences received recognition last night in Port Hope for their health and safety work. Norma Gunn received a standing ovation when she accepted the Ontario Federation of Labour’s 2012 Occupational Disability Advocacy Recognition award for her work around post traumatic stress disorder. Gunn recently told her story in an Operation Maple video posted in October. The video was shown as part of the awards dinner. Local 331 Chief Steward (and Local President-elect) Patti Lang accepted the Workers Health and Safety Centre Award on behalf of Yvonne Lewis, who was unable to make the event at the last moment due to pressing family concerns. Lewis has been tireless in her fight to reduce incidents of workplace violence at Ontario Shores. Presently the Ministry of Labour is conducting a major investigation at the Whitby-based hospital.
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