Gunn and Lewis receive awards in Port Hope

Norma Gunn receives the Ontario Federation of Labour 2012 Occupational Disability Advocacy Recognition Award in Port Hope November 15.

Local 331 Chief Steward receives the Workers Health and Safety Centre award on behalf of Yvonne Lewis. With her is Durham Labour Council President Jim Freeman and Kim Rushnell, Local 331 Secretary.

Local 331 Chief Steward Patti Lang receives the Workers Health and Safety Centre award on behalf of Yvonne Lewis. With her is Durham Labour Council President Jim Freeman and Kim Rushnell, Local 331 Secretary.

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.

Members of OPSEU Local 331 and staff rep Sherry Weese were present to celebrate the awards.

3 responses to “Gunn and Lewis receive awards in Port Hope

  1. Congratulations my good friend Norma. You deserved to receive this award by standing up for yourself.
    Also to Yvonne who fought so hard to reduce the violence in these workplaces.

  2. congraduations to you Norma.. how wonderful for you..you deserve it..

  3. Two wonderful awards for two extraordinary women and activists. Thank goodness for Diablogue’s publicity and recognition because we know Ontario Shores wont recognize their accomplishments.

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