On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) recognizes Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) activist Diane Dewing.
December 3 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which aims to promote awareness and mobilize support for disability rights issues. On this day, the CLC recognizes a union member for their disability rights activism.
The Carol McGregor Award for Disability Rights Activism is named after an outstanding disability rights activist who passed away in 2006. The CLC is pleased to recognize Diane Dewing as this year’s recipient.
Diane is a mother, educator, and inspiring leader in our labour movement who lives with chronic pain. Her leadership in developing an inclusive education system in Ontario through her work with the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario and the Ontario Teachers’ Federation is historic for breaking down barriers and stigma for students and workers with disabilities in the education sector across Canada.
Diane’s advocacy efforts ensured that children with disabilities in communities across Ontario were better integrated into classrooms with their families and neighbors instead of being congregated away in separate schools, setting a national standard for inclusion in the education system. Additionally, by leading forums such as ETFO’s Regional Conference “Healthy Minds, Healthy Classrooms” and “The Inclusive Schools Forum”, she was also committed to ensuring that educators had access to the training and resources they needed to support diverse classrooms and be part of inclusive workplaces.
Diane also made significant strides in ensuring that the interests and experiences of workers with disabilities were well reflected in the labour movement with her active participation in the Disability Rights Working Groups of both the CLC and the OFL, and as a founding member of the Disability Caucus at ETFO. As a lifetime champion for disability rights and the inclusion of people with disabilities in their communities and in their workplaces, Diane perfectly embodies the spirit of this award.
According to her nominator, “From the beginning, Diane advocated and educated families, schools and the local communities on the necessity of supports that meet the needs of individuals so that all of us can reach our full potential”.
Carol McGregor CLC Disability Rights Award
Nominations are now closed.
Every year on December 3, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the Canadian Labour Congress will recognize a union member for their Disability Rights activism.
This award is named in honour of Carol McGregor, an outstanding Disability Rights Activist, member of NUPGE and the CLC Disability Rights Working Group―and who was much loved by all those who worked with her. Carol passed away in 2006.
Award recipient will be a member with a disability who is:
- Active in the labour movement and/ or community.
- Has made a significant and lasting impact in the union and/ or community by promoting and defending the rights of persons with disabilities.
- Has manifested their activism in one or more of the following ways:
- Strategized and mobilized others around workplace issues and lobbying for the full participation of Canadians with disabilities in all aspects of society.
- Developed and/ or practiced organizing strategies to include tactics aimed specifically at working people with disabilities.
- Represented members to ensure all activities and events are accessible to members with disabilities and promoting employment equity for people with disabilities within the workplace.
- Educated members about disability rights issues in the workplace and in society.
Any union member or organization may nominate a candidate.