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Charan Gill

PHOTO: From an article on The TyeeCAPTION: Charan Gill’s activism spanned the co-founding of the Canadian Farmworkers Union, establishing of a national anti-racism organization and creating and heading the thriving Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society. He died Feb. 2, age 84. Photo posted to Twitter. Charanpal Singh Gill OBC (17 June 1936 – 2 February 2021) was a Canadian social activist and South-Asian community leader in British Columbia. Through his work, he focused on improving the living conditions, wages, and working conditions of

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Abdi Hagi Yusuf

Abdi Hagi Yusuf is a Somalian Canadian who immigrated to Canada in 1990. He was soon after hired as a temporary employee at Canada Post. Brother Hagi Yusuf struggled to overcome many forms of racial discrimination. He experienced discrimination for being a black man. He faced discrimination for not having an English name and discrimination because English is not Brother Hagi Yusuf’s first language but rather his fifth language. Brother Hagi Yusuf’s persevered through the fires of discrimination to subsequently

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Megan Whitfield

“Never underestimate the power of a woman. As the world is on fire we will burn, but we will rise and we will accomplish and achieve.” – Megan Whitfield Megan Whitfield embodied all of these characteristics and so much more, and the void her passing has left at CUPW, and within the labour movement, will never be fully filled. Megan began her career at Canada Post in 1998 as a postal clerk at the South Central Letter Processing Plant in

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Sharon Paris

Sister Sharon Paris is a Nova Scotian Canadian who shares both Black and Aboriginal decent. She currently serves as Treasurer for the Coalition of Black Trade Union (CBTU) Ontario Chapter and has recently been re-elected to a fourth term as Assistant Secretary Treasurer of Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) Toronto Local. Sister Paris is also an Executive Board member of both CUPW and CBTU’s Ontario Chapter.

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Jan Simpson

FROM THE CUPW WEBSITE: Historic Election at CUPW: Postal Workers Elect First Female Black President Friday May 17 2019A record number of women also elected to the National Executive Committee For Immediate Release OTTAWA – The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) has elected Jan Simpson, a postal worker from the Scarborough local, as the union’s new National President. She becomes the first black woman to lead a national union in Canada. Julee Sanderson from the Saskatoon local was elected

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Yolanda McClean

An experienced leader and champion in the fight for equality, Yolanda McClean the is CUPE National’s Diversity Vice-President and is the 2nd Vice President for CUPE Ontario. She is a progressive voice for change and inclusion in CUPE, the labour movement and the community.  Yolanda has developed strong anti-racism programs for workers of colour in CUPE sectors across Canada. Yolanda is the president of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionist, providing a strong voice for black worker within the trade union

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