November 9, 2018
Windsor, ON – On Friday, November 16, 2018, United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County, in partnership with the Windsor & District Labour Council, will host the 41st Annual Labour Appreciation Night at the Ciociaro Club of Windsor, honouring two recipients with the Charles E. Brooks Labour Community Service Award - June Muir, CEO of the Unemployed Help Centre and Len Campbell, former President of CAW Local 240 (now UNIFOR).
Muir’s notable contributions include her leadership of the Unemployed Help Centre since 2010, and as past President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 3626 and at the Community Care Access Centre (now called the Local Health Integration Network). Campbell worked for Ford Motor Company and was the longest standing President of UNIFOR Local 240. He is still active in the labour movement and volunteers for many social justice causes.
“Both June Muir and Len Campbell have been steadfast champions of the Windsor-Essex community, especially for those who are vulnerable and need our help,” says Lorraine Goddard, CEO, United Way. “We are grateful to work closely with these two outstanding leaders in the labour movement, and we wish them our sincere congratulations on their achievements.”
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.
“Len Campbell and June Muir both represent role models for others in the labour movement to follow,” says Brian Hogan, President of the Windsor & District Labour Council. “They truly represent the social justice and community service ideals that Charlie Brooks stood for.”
EVENT DETAILS: Doors open at the Ciociaro Club at 5:30 p.m. Presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50.
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JUNE MUIR BIOGRAPHY
June Muir has dedicated her life to making a difference across Windsor and Essex County. June’s roots are in the labour movement as the past President of CUPE Local 3626 in 1994 and 1999, and at the CCAC, where she led 36 women in the longest union strike ever recorded at the time, lasting 126 days. It was through this strike that June reached out to many labour leaders to seek support for her members to secure a collective agreement. Her work at the Unemployed Help Center (UHC) also affords her close ties with the many labour organizations involved with the UHC.
The UHC plays a major role in our community as it provides many programs and services for those facing unemployment and financial hardship. June joined the UHC team in October 2000 and contributed to the success of many programs and services. In November 2010, she was named Chief Executive Officer.
As CEO, she oversees the day-to-day operations of 25 programs and 57 staff at two sites. What June has been able to accomplish in this position is truly remarkable. Her leadership, motivation, and community awareness has secured funding to address the needs of people throughout Windsor and Essex County including employment programs that assist clients in the county, older workers, youth, Shuttling for Success, refugees and newcomers, and those who need to achieve a grade 12 equivalent diploma. The newcomer programs even provided on-site daycare which assisted 446 newcomers this past year.
UHC also provides holistic programs such as Keep the Heat, Coats for Kids, a Community Food Bank, a Community Garden, two mobile food banks, a Food Rescue Hub, a Community Kitchen, and a Children’s Christmas Party. Under June’s leadership these programs have grown and modernized with the times. The UHC has a state of the art kitchen and the food bank has been converted to a grocery-style store where clients are able to choose their food items.
June has maximized the use of the community kitchen through partnerships with funders like United Way for the Summer Lunch Program, the VON Meals on Wheels Program and the Greater Essex County District School Board to provide students with opportunities to engage in experiential learning in the food preparation and hospitality sector. Thanks to June’s leadership, UHC has been recognized with many awards for their work in the sector.
June and her partner Bill are parents of Irene, Ryan, Gina and Matt. Together, they enjoy their blended and loving family.
LEN CAMPBELL BIOGRAPHY
Len Campbell began his career in the office of Ford Motor Canada in 1966. In 1971, he became President of CAW Local 240, now known as UNIFOR Local 240. For 27 years, he remained in that position, making him the longest standing President of Local 240.
As President, Len was always involved in the community, helping the members that he represented and contributing to those in need. During that time, Len took on the role of Chairperson of the Local 240 Recreation Committee. In this role, he discovered that many children did not have access to the resources required to be involved in sports. To Len, this was unacceptable and he set out to ensure that all the children involved had the funds required to participate in sports. Len has always had immense passion for youth. In recognition of this fact, Local 240 provides an annual bursary in his name to help young people achieve their dreams.
Len initiated the Children’s Christmas Party and encouraged families to donate food supplies to the Unemployed Help Centre and the House of Sophrosyne. He has also volunteered for many community and labour-friendly political candidates over the years.
Len has always understood the importance of giving back to the community and building a socially responsible union local. As a strong union supporter, Len can often be found on picket lines and at demonstrations to ensure that all workers – present and retired – have a future that is aligned with the principles that Charlie Brooks instilled in the labour movement. Recently, he attended the picket line at Goderich Local 16-O and the “Hands Off Our Health Care” rally at Queen’s Park. At a moment’s notice, Len always rises to the task.
Len has been the President of the UNIFOR Local 240 Retiree Chapter since his retirement in 1998, firmly standing behind the motto, “Retired from the job, but not the struggle”.
Wherever you see Len, his wife, Cathy, is right by his side. Len has been married to Cathy for 32 years, and they have two sons, Evan and Hugh. Len and Cathy are an inseparable team – both volunteers and supporters of our community and the unions that they so deeply respect. They have both loyally volunteered as a team with United Way for many years throughout the campaign, and in support of many special events such as the Summer Lunch Program, iClimb and the Living on the Edge Poverty Simulations.
Len can best be described as humble and modest – it is his quiet and steady leadership that truly sets him apart.