Friday, May 1, 2015

National Day of Mourning - Part 1 - Beginning...

On Life with Lynnie (LwL), I mentioned on April 28th, that it was the National Day of Mourning, here in Canada

Later, I found out from a fellow member of Injured Workers Coalition (IWC), here in Windsor & Essex County, that the National Day of Mourning, is being enlarged to include other countries, also.

Shortly before the scheduled time to begin our meeting at St. Augustine's Church, at 5:00 p.m., I arrived and talked with people.  I received a black armband with white writing, just as everyone else did.

Many people also wore the IWC black and white ribbon, like I did.  In case you aren't aware, the black portion represents injured workers who died.  The white portion represents injured workers who did not die; those who are still living life, even though many are suffering and in pain.

It was amazing to me how many people participated.  There was seating for about 160 people in the church hall. 

I only saw one (1) empty seat.  Plus, there were about 20 or more people standing against the walled/windowed areas.

Tracie Edward, who is the chair of the local Day of Morning Committee through the Windsor and District Labour Council, announced the agenda for the meeting. 

In addition, she also let everyone know about some of the people who had died on their jobs or as a result of health problems created by their jobs, over the last year.  Please pray for their families.  Here is a list of people's names: 

*  June 17, 2014 - 40 year old Giuseppe Serra

*  August 1, 2014 - 46 year old Roger Salter

*  August 26, 2014 - 60 year old Art Ouellette

*  September 6, 2014 - 18 year old Emily Bernauer

*  September 19, 2014 - 55 year old Phuong Thang

*  January 8, 2015 - 89 year old Peter Blak

*  February 27, 2015, 39 year old Shane Knapp

The speakers for this year's meeting were:

Tracie Edward - Chair of the Day of Mourning Committee, WDLC

Chris Taylor - President of the Windsor and District Labour Council

Joe Comartin - on behalf of Federal and Provincial representatives

*  Claudio Cordoso's widow Veronica Cordoso

*  Cindy Libby's sister Tammy Lewis

Liz Garant - President of the local Injured Workers Coalition group

Scott Richardson - OHCOW (Occupational Health Clinic for Ontario Workers)\

Judy Lund, Manager of the Essex Community Office of the Canadian Cancer Society

*  Windsor Occupational Health Information Service (WOHIS), Larry Girard

Deborah Dunlop, and Artcite Windsor, Stitch'n'Bitch members presented WOHIS with a memorial quilt to bring awareness and attention to workplace deaths and injuries as part of MayWorks 2015.

Len Wallace - Instructor with the University of Windsor's Labour Studies Program, long time activist involved in the first Day of Mourning rallies in the early 1980's.

After speakers finished addressing issues relating to the day, the march began to the Injured Workers Monument at Reaume Park & Coventry Gardens (where the Peace Fountain is located) at Riverside Dr. E. & Pillette Rd.

The march was led by bagpiper Jason Peterson.

Windsor Police Service provided protection for those who participated in the walk.

At the monument:

Father Capitano, Chaplain of the WDLC, spoke. 

*  A song was sung by Teresa Sims from the Can-Am Indian Friendship Centre.

*  This year's wreath was laid by widow Veronica Cordoso, and her children.

Being the National Day of Mourning, I was reminded about Matthew 5:4, "Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted."

I praise God for loving His children. 

By Him loving those of us who belong to Him, those of us who trust in/believe upon our Lord, Jesus Christ, He provides for us. 

Always.  In many ways.

He knows that we will mourn.  Yet, as He told us, we... who belong to Him, shall be comforted.

For this, I praise God, and always will.  Thank You, Lord!

My friend, if you have not yet gained salvation, and have not yet become one of God's children, I will suggest you do so, today.  Tomorrow may be too late.

After all, no one knows exactly when their life will end, here on earth. 

Until next time...

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