Labour Leaders Honoured for Work to Better Windsor-Essex

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The Windsor and District Labour Council is honouring local union activists with the 2019 Gary L. Parent Award.

The awards recognize the efforts of those within the labour community, who have worked in a variety of ways in an attempt to make the community a better place.

One of the award winners is Canadian Union of Postal Workers Local 630 President, Phil Lyons. He's the inaugural John Toth Community Champion Legacy Award winner.

Toth, the former president of Unifor Local 195, passed away in April at the age of 56 after a battle with cancer.

Lyons calls the award an honour.

"I know what John brought to the table and it's been extremely humbling just to be mentioned in the same sentence as him and it means a lot to be part of the community," he says.

Lyons says he's also thrilled to have his name alongside other great local labour leaders such as Gary Parent.

"Gary is somebody that I looked up to as a mentor, so it means a lot to be part of an awards that is associated with Gary," he says.

Terry Weymouth was also honoured during Monday night's ceremony at the Ciociaro Club.

She's a former Unifor Local 444 member, a certified electrician and Unifor's first woman National-FCA Trades Coordinator. 

She was recognized for her work as a women's activist, which she calls amazing.

"Especially today when we know that our choices are being attacked and they're being attacked in other places in the world," says Weymouth. "Like many women in Windsor, this is a hard place to stand out as a women's activist because we have a lot of amazing women here, so I am very honoured."

Other winners include Frank Butler from COPE 242 for Environmental, Marion Overholt of Legal Assistance Windsor was honoured as a community partner and Nicol Simpson of Unifor 195 was honoured with the Rolly Marentette Award which recognizes significant contributions to eliminate or prevent occupational disease and bring awareness to workplace health and safety issues.