At the 16th Biennial Convention, the Ontario Federation of Labour proudly acknowledged the hard work of members and community partners through awards and accolades that recognize their invaluable contributions to Ontario’s labour movement.
See the 2021 Award Winners below.
2021 OFL Labour Honour Roll
The Labour Honour Roll acknowledges the significant contributions of OFL members to the life and growth of the trade union movement in Ontario.
- Bill Stratton, Durham Region Labour Council
- John Cartwright, Toronto & York Region Labour Council
- Katherine Lippel, University of Ottawa (deceased)
- Rosemary (Swan) Briscoe, ONA (deceased)
- Deb Wells, ETFO (deceased)
Bob Borch Human Rights Award
The Bob Borch Human Rights Award honours union activists that ensure equity and human rights are at the forefront of labour actions.
2021 Winner: Veriline Howe
Cliff Pilkey Labour Activist Award
The Cliff Pilkey Labour Activist Award recognizes the outstanding contributions of a worker, or retiree, who has made a significant impact on the labour movement and community.
2021 Winner: Domenic Bellissimo
Linda Jolley Lifetime Achievement Award for Health and Safety
The Linda Jolley Lifetime Achievement Award for Health and Safety is awarded to someone who has dedicated their work to improving the lives and working conditions of Ontario workers.
2021 Winner: Terri Szymanski
OFL Labour Council Builder Award
The OFL Labour Council Builder Award recognizes the outstanding efforts of an individual who embodies the spirit, ideals, and goals of building strong Labour Councils.
2021 Winner: John Cartwright
OFL Cultural Award
The OFL Cultural Award is presented to someone who has made a unique and important contribution to the culture of the trade union movement or who, through their work, has advanced the concerns of working people and social justice.
2021 Winner: Skyler Williams
Olivia Chow Child Care Champion Award
The OFL’s Olivia Chow Child Care Champion Award recognizes leadership in the fight for universal, high-quality, affordable, and non-profit child care.
2021 Winner: Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care
OFL Young Workers’ Award
The OFL Young Workers’ Award recognizes a young worker or youth activist who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in mobilizing and empowering young workers or youth activists to create change in their workplaces or their communities.
2021 Winner: Sarah Jama
Prevention Link Disability Prevention Activist Award
Prevention Link’s Disability Prevention Activist Award goes to a worker’s compensation activist who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and perseverance in advancing disability prevention or accommodation issues in the community and/or workplace.
2021 Winner: Steve Mantis
Solidarity & Pride Award
The Solidarity & Pride Award acknowledges and celebrates individuals or groups who have made a significant or ongoing contribution to the advancement of 2SLGBTQI+ human rights, equity, and inclusion.
2021 Winners: Miranda Schreiber, Dr. Tehmina Ahmad, and Dr. Michael Scott