Announcing Injured Workers Speakers School in Sarnia

Zak Nicholls

Many of you will already have received this.  CELA has spoken to me and assured me that there will be places for people who don’t necessarily fit the below mentioned criteria for participation.  CELA feels that ALL members of the Sarnia-Lambton Community are affected by Chemical Valley, and that ‘activists’ or would be activists are welcome to attend.  This is a rare and special opportunity.  I’ve attended two day long training sessions with CELA, and they are invaluable.  Please consider attending.

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We are very happy to announce that the Canadian Environmental Law Association, in partnership with the Occupational Health Clinic for Ontario Workers in Sarnia, Community Legal Assistance Sarnia, and Ontario Network of Injured Workers Group, are launching an Injured Workers’ Speaker School in Sarnia this September.

Through an intensive twelve week program, the Injured Workers’ Speaker School will develop leaders who will use their own stories and the knowledge they learn through the program to lobby and fight for change.

We are now recruiting students for the school and we need your help! In this unique initiative, funded by Legal Aid Ontario, students can expect to learn about the history of the injured worker’s system, information about environmental exposures in the workplace, and will learn techniques which will help them use their voice to advocate for change. We hope that students will include injured workers, surviving family members, and members of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation. Students will be given the tools they need to work together, and inspire others, to create change and advocate on behalf of themselves and others.

Classes are to begin the last week of September. Students should be available one night a week for a period of 12 weeks. The class will likely take place in the evening on Tuesday or Wednesday, although the day of the week has not been decisively chosen yet.

If you are an injured worker or a family member who has been impacted by a workplace injury and would like to work with your peers to learn speaking and advocacy skills, please consider taking part in our speaker’s school. You can contact Renee Griffin at rgriffin@cela.ca or Susan Toth, the program coordinator, at iwss_sarnia@zoho.com, for more information. Please note Susan will be away from the office until September 6, 2011.

I have also attached a poster invitation to this email. Please feel free to share this poster and refer any students who you think may be interested in attending our school to Renee or Susan.

I hope to work with you on this exciting initiative!

Renee Griffin
Counsel
Canadian Environmental Law Association
130 Spadina Ave., Suite 301
Toronto, ON. M5V 2L4
http://www.cela.ca
Phone: 416-960-2284 ext. 212
Fax:  416-960-9392

PS – The picture was MY choice.

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