Charles Brooks Award honours labour council president


Media Release
November 6, 2019

Windsor, ON – On Friday, November 15, 2019, United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County, in partnership with the Windsor & District Labour Council (WDLC), will host the 42nd annual Labour Appreciation Night at the Ciociaro Club of Windsor, honouring the recipient of the Charles E. Brooks Labour Community Service Award – Brian Hogan, WDLC President.

Hogan’s notable contributions include his longstanding leadership in the Catholic Teachers Union and his twenty-year involvement on the WDLC, including more than four years as President. He supports youth athletics, Goodfellows, and is active in municipal, provincial, and federal politics.  He led the establishment of the Gary L. Parent Activist Awards and has served eight years on United Way’s Board of Directors.

“Brian Hogan has dedicated his working and personal life to the service of his community. He is a strong advocate for our most vulnerable residents and can be counted on to speak for those who don’t have a voice,” says Lorraine Goddard, CEO, United Way. “Brian is a force for good in the labour movement in Windsor-Essex County, and we wish him our heartfelt congratulations on his 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.

“Brian is a rare community leader, having both the passion of his convictions and the ability to rally people together from different parts of our community to support a cause,” says Gary Parent, past WDLC President and current Recording Secretary for UNIFOR 444 Retirees. “I believe his dedication to social justice and community service would make Charlie Brooks proud.”

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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Throughout his lifetime, Brian has learned from many people about the value of volunteer community service. The most influential lifelong teachers have been his parents, Angela and Eddie.

Brian has served others throughout his two careers as an educator, and union activist. As an educator, Brian was involved in a variety of extracurricular activities. His greatest passion was coaching, particularly basketball.

In the union world, prior to becoming the Catholic Teachers Union President, Brian held a number of unpaid positions on the Executive, and also served as a School Staff Representative, and a Health and Safety Representative. While serving as the President, he volunteered on a number of Provincial Committees including Status of Women, Political Action and Personnel. He is most proud of the connections his Local has made with other unions and community social justice causes. For 20 years, Brian has been a delegate to the WDLC. This ultimately led Brian to serve on WDLC’s Executive for almost 15 years; four and a half of those years in the position of President.

Brian’s involvement with Labour Council (and a nudge from Gary Parent) saw him begin to serve at the United Way beginning in 2005. He served eight years on the United Way Board and is currently in his sixth year on the Cabinet.

As a member of the WDLC Executive, the two things that he is most proud of are the establishment of the Gary L. Parent Activists Awards, and the consistent political action of Labour Council and its affiliates.

One such form of political action is being engaged in municipal, provincial and federal elections. In his teen years, Brian began to knock on doors for NDP candidates with his Dad. His Dad saw the connection between election volunteering and the goal of addressing community social concerns.

Outside of his two careers, Brian coached AKO Jr. Baseball in his mid to late 20’s.  In his 30’s, he coached basketball at St. Clair College. And he was involved in his boys’ youth teams, coaching them in basketball and baseball. For 45 years, Brian has been involved with Club 240 and Windsor Choristers Athletic Club, raising funds for youth athletics. Over the last two decades, he has served on the Board of both clubs; currently serving as Club 240’s President. For 30 years, Brian could be seen on the corner of Howard and Tecumseh selling Goodfellows newspapers.

Lastly, Brian acknowledges the immeasurable amount of gratitude he has for his spouse Cindy, and their sons Calvin and Matthew, for their examples of service, and their unrelenting love and support.

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