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RELEASE - Charles Brooks Award honours dedicated retiree activist, Tony Sisti

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Windsor, ONOn Thursday, November 9, 2023, United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County, in partnership with the Windsor & District Labour Council (WDLC), will host the 46th annual Labour Appreciation Night at the Ciociaro Club of Windsor, honouring the recipient of the Charles E. Brooks Labour Community Service Award, Tony Sisti, Chair of Unifor Local 1973 Retired Workers Chapter.

Tony Sisti

Retired General Motors Transmission plant worker, Tony Sisti, is an avid labour and political activist involved in many organizations across Windsor-Essex County and Ontario, including the Unifor National Retired Workers Council Executive Board, representing Unifor retirees across Canada. A true believer in solidarity, Sisti demonstrates this by advocating for workers’ rights and social justice, while also helping workers transition towards a secured retirement at the same time.     

“Much like the award’s namesake, Charlie Brooks, Tony shares a deep-seated belief in the betterment of society. He possesses the spirit of a trade unionist, consistently seeking ways to enhance the quality of life and standard of living for seniors and retirees.” Gary Parent, former Financial Secretary, Unifor Local 444 and former WDLC President. “Even during our time as active workers on the Executive Board, Tony’s commitment to positive change was evident in his regular participation in rallies, demonstrations, and other union functions.”

With over 35 years of activism in the labour community, Tony Sisti has always been a proud supporter of United Way’s workplace campaign.  “Tony Sisti is a dedicated and humble leader and understands the role of a United Way champion in the Windsor-Essex community”, says Lorraine Goddard, CEO, United Way. “He passionately champions the power of collaboration to drive meaningful improvements in the lives of community members and retirees.”

United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County and the Windsor & District Labour Council co-created the Charles E. Brooks Community Service Award, which is presented annually to a trade unionist in recognition of outstanding contributions in the area of voluntary community service. “The Charles E. Brooks Labour Community Service Award is a way for the Labor Community to honor this legacy, ensure it’s remembered, and remind activists that our work is ongoing.” Mario Spagnuolo, Interim – President of the Windsor and District Labour Council.

EVENT DETAILS: Labour Appreciation Night is Thursday, November 9, 2023. Doors open at the Ciociaro Club at 5:00pm. Presentation begins at 6:15pm. Tickets are $65. Click here to buy tickets. Contact Leilani Logronio, Manager of Labour Programs and Services at United Way at for more event information.

If you wish to pre-interview the recipient, Tony Sisti, or wish to connect with someone from WDLC or United Way, please contact Kristina Stojkovski. See contact details below.

Media Contact: Kristina Stojkovski, Marketing & Communications Specialist, United Way  |  M: 519-982-8291

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Gary L. Parent has made a significant contribution to the Labour movement in the Windsor-Essex community and across Canada.  Known for his commitment, compassion, and leadership, he is a major voice in Windsor’s union scene.  He speaks with passion and determination and follows with action. 

Parent has respectfully served 25 years as the Windsor and District Labour Council President from 1982 until his retirement in 2009.  Concurrently serving as the Secretary-Treasurer of CAW Local 444 for 22 years during his 42 years of service at Chrysler and the Local Union.  

As a trade unionist and social activist, Parent remains entrenched in the labour community, currently in the role of Recording Secretary for the Unifor Local 444 Retirees Chapter and Trustee for the Unifor Retirees National Chapter.  Parent also continues his involvement in the community as a Board of Director for United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County.  He is a true example of a labour leader motivating and inspiring others to work together in solidarity in the power of the union.

Last updated on November 3, 2023

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