November 23, 2017
Valence Young, a recently retired Executive Assistant as the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario, was presented the Linda Jolley Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ontario Federation of Labour’s 2017 Power ON Convention.
Young’s advocacy in health and safety began as a worker representative on a Joint Health and Safety Committee where she participated in work refusal, supported co-workers, and involved herself in several Ministry of Labour investigations dealing with asbestos, mould and indoor air quality.
Early in Young’s career, she educated and supported members on issues of violence, room temperatures, clean air, drinking water and more. On the heels of her efforts, she was offered a staff position with her union and traveled to every corner of the province to educate union members, government and other officials on the rights and responsibilities to heighten awareness of both the short and long-term consequences result from systemic neglect of health and safety issues.
Through the years, Young has participated in several provincial government initiatives, working groups task forces, committees and panel, that advance violence and harassment and health and safety research.
In accepting her award for the pivotal role she’s played in bettering the lives of many working Ontarians, Young stressed that as a labour movement: “We share a tenacity, the Linda Jolley exhibited, to lobby for healthier and safer workplace for all Ontario workers.”
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