CAW-Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy: Winnie Ng

January 10, 2011, 10:36 AM EST

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Labour rights activist Winnie Ng is the new CAW-Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy at Ryerson University in Toronto.

The chair's mandate is to promote interaction between social justice activists and academics at Ryerson. Ng will build on the work of inaugural chair Judy Rebick, journalist, author and activist, who was first appointed in 2002.

"Winnie was selected not only for her extensive experience in the social justice field, but also for her research interests in anti-racism, equality, and coalition and capacity building," Mark Lovewell, interim dean Ryerson faculty of arts, said in a statement.

Ng has championed the rights of workers through involvement with various labour organizations and networks for more than three decades. She has served as acting executive assistant to the president of the Toronto and York Region Labour Council, was acting executive director of the Labour Education Centre and for eight years, was the Canadian Labour Congress' Ontario regional director.

Ng holds an MA and PhD from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Her doctoral studies focused on re-imagining the labour movement from an anti-racism perspective, a Ryerson new release states.

CAW President Ken Lewenza said Ng brings years of activism and experience in building coalitions and bringing groups together on social justice causes. "Winnie will ensure that the CAW-Sam Gindin Chair continues to make progress on some of the most important issues and causes facing our communities."

"I'm really honoured and excited with this appointment," said Ng. "It is an extension of our labour and community activism onto the university campus. In addition to building on the strong efforts of Judy Rebick, I see a great potential and possibility in working closely with students, young workers and inspiring a new generation of social justice activists. In these times of jobless recovery, growing poverty, and the widening gap of inequalities, it is even more critical for us to cut through the barriers and re-imagine new ways of solidarity and movement building," Ng said.

Ng has been active helping new Canadian and immigrant workers with issues surrounding worker rights. She was instrumental in helping PMP workers to fight for their rights after the workers were devastated by the news their employer was closing their plants in the summer of 2008 in the Greater Toronto area without notice.

The CAW -Sam Gindin Chair was launched in 2002 with support from the CAW. It is named after Sam Gindin, a CAW economist and activist who was an assistant to former CAW presidents Bob White and Buzz Hargrove.

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