Weekly Update – Plowing through winter

Labour Award Dinner:

The 1st Annual Labour Awards Dinner and Thunder Bay Injured Workers Support Group Fundraiser has been arranged and a special speaker has agreed to come to the event.

We have confirmed the President of the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) to be our keynote speaker.  Patty Coates is the first women to become President and is a dynamic speaker committed to grassroots unionism, Social Justice, Fairness and Workplace Safety.  

Patty has worked her way to the top of the OFL.   Her work within the OSSTF was excellent, and propelled her to be elected as Secretary/Treasure in 2015.  A post she held until being elected to President. 

The event is being held on Friday, February 28th at the West Thunder Community Centre.   Doors will open at 6:00 pm and the meal will begin at 6:30 pm.  Tickets are $40.00 each.      

Tuesday Peer Support

This past Tuesday Steve Mantis facilitated an open discussion among Injured Workers followed by a discussion and review of the pamphlet around dealing with your Doctor.  It was nice to see more than 10 people attending the get together.

Next week the Tuesday get together will center around Mental Health, with a guest speaker from Lakehead University. 

Next month, graduate students from Lakehead University will begin a project to help build on our work with peer support.  At the end of the project they hope to be able to help us by sharing what we have done well, what we need to improve on and new ideas on how to do Peer Support.  I find this very exciting. 

Presentation to the Ontario Legislature’s Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs

The TBDIWSG will be making a presentation before the Ontario Standing Committee on Finance on Tuesday, January 21 at 2:15 pm at the Valhalla Inn.  The Committee is travelling throughout the Province to receive suggestions regarding the upcoming provincial budget.  Although it has always been a challenge to see our recommendations show up in the budget it is important that our voice is heard, if not by the politicians, at least by others in the room including the news media.

Articles of interest

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