Since the sale and destruction of the Lakehead Labour Centre, the Thunder Bay & District Injured Workers Support Group has been sharing a small two room space with the Canadian Injured Workers Alliance. It’s time for a new change!
On August first, we moved to our new location in the HAGI building at 1201 Jasper Drive, on the corner with Balmoral Drive. Our new office is larger with three separate spaces, allowing Injured Workers to share their stories and knowledge in a more inviting and private atmosphere.
“It has been hard to maintain an appropriate office with the small space we had after leaving the Labour Centre,” Bob Larocque said, adding “We hope that the new space will have the same feel as our old office at the Labour Centre, a space where Injured Workers feel at home and openly share their stories and knowledge or just have a coffee and talk.” Bob, a TBDIWSG Board Member, played a fundamental role with fellow board member, Janet Paterson, in securing a lease for the new space.
Along with being a member of the TBDIWSG Board, Janet is also the office manager of the Canadian Injured Workers Alliance (CIWA), who will be sharing the space. Janet stated, “When we lost our space at the (Lakehead) Labour Centre, CIWA was quick to offer to share space. The two organizations have been working together long before they began sharing space.”
The TBDIWSG and CIWA will be hosting their Grand Opening on Saturday, September 23rd from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a BBQ and activities for the young and old as well as a chance to win some prizes.
We will have a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with short congratulatory speeches from friends and dignitaries at 11:30 a.m. The President of the Ontario Network of Injured Worker Groups (ONIWG), Willie Noiles, and CIWA’s National Co-ordinator, Bill Chedore, are making the trip from Southern Ontario to take part in the day. This event is open to everyone and free of charge! Come out and enjoy yourself, we hope to see many there!
TBIWSG President, Greg Snider, expressed his hope that Injured Workers, their family members and supporters will find this new office a place that understands and wants to help.
The office hours: Tuesday and Thursday 10 am – 2:00 pm
PLEASE NOTE – Thunder Bay & District Injured Workers Support Group AGM on Monday, September 25, 2017 has been moved to Italian Hall on Algoma Street in the Trades Room at 7 p.m.