The Canadian Labour Congress is congratulating Executive Vice-President Marie Clarke Walker for receiving the African Canadian Achievement Award (ACAA) for excellence in business.
Walker is one of fifteen recipients being honoured for their work as contemporary Black history-makers by the ACAA. The ceremony is considered one of the African Canadian community's most prestigious Black History Month events.
“I’m very proud of my African heritage and am always striving to make my community proud, so being recognized by my community means a lot to me,” said Walker. “I am humbled and I am grateful.”
Walker made history in 2002 when she was elected as the first racialized woman and youngest person to the position of Executive Vice-President of the CLC. She is now in her 5th term as CLC Executive Vice-President.
“This award validates the work we do in the labour movement,” said Walker.
“Workers are the most important part of any business, and they are empowered when they see themselves reflected in different levels of governance, both in the workplace and in their union,” she added.