Bud Jimmerfield Award Winner: Nadia Anton-Collins

December 6, 2010, 12:21 PM EST

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The 2010 winner of the Bud Jimmerfield Award is long-time workers' compensation and injured workers advocate Nadia Anton-Collins, financial secretary of CAW Local 707 in Oakville, Ontario.

In her acceptance speech Anton-Collins asked Council delegates to think about the daily struggle faced by injured workers and to work on their behalf.

"We must teach the community that it's important to fight for these workers," said Anton-Collins, who is also the financial secretary of Local 707. "It's our responsibility as trade unionists."

"Education for our members is very important. We have the resources - we must use them."

She urged all delegates to become involved in injured workers issues including taking part in Injured Workers' Day on June 1 each year.

CAW Health, Safety and Environment Director Sari Sairanen thanked Anton-Collins for her tireless efforts as a true labour union activist.

The award is named in honour of CAW Local 89 President Bud Jimmerfield who provided a moving address to CAW Council back in December of 1997. At the time he had only a couple of months to live.

Bud had contracted cancer of the esophagus from exposure to metalworking fluids during 30 years of work at an automotive parts plant. Bud, along with his wife Diane and his eight children, urged council delegates at that time to not mourn his death, but fight for the living.

He asked all to do their best to prevent future occupational diseases, death and injuries.

The CAW Council meeting in December of 1997 included a moving address by CAW Local 89 President Bud Jimmerfield, who at the time had only a couple of months to live.

Bud was a tireless health, safety and environment and workers' compensation activist and it's for this reason CAW Council established the annual Bud Jimmerfield Award to recognize the contribution of an outstanding CAW Health, Safety, Environment or Workers' Compensation activist. The award is made each year at the CAW Council meeting in December.

Eligible health, safety, environment or workers compensation activists must be CAW members and be nominated by their local union leadership or local workplace leadership. Activists must have shown leadership in helping their fellow workers as well as participated in activities beyond the workplace.

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