Byers is being recognized by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada for her contributions as an important voice in the Canadian labour movement.
Of receiving the nomination, Byers said: “I was shocked and very humbled. I share this honour with everybody who has dedicated themselves to the labour movement, the social justice movement, and the equality movement. I could not do what I do without their efforts, so this is a recognition I share with all of them.”
Byers activism began when she was a social worker in Saskatchewan, which led to her becoming President of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour. In 2002, she was elected Executive Vice-President of the CLC and in 2014, she was elected Secretary-Treasurer.
Those who wish can watch the live webcast of the investiture ceremony on Friday, February 17, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. EST.