Greetings Sisters and Brothers,
As 2021 draws to a close, we cannot help but look back on the year it was. The pandemic continued to place frontline
workers in harm's way and continued to create escalating challenges for everyone. When we mistakenly thought it was
slowing down, new variants taught us otherwise. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the frontline workers of Ontario,
Canada and the world and all those continuing to keep our communities functioning throughout this pandemic. It is the
workers that will make our recovery possible.
There is much to reflect on in 2021. The discovery of thousands of indigenous children in the remnants of the dark history
of residential schools, devastating and extreme weather events, hatred driven acts of violence, COVID vaccine and mass
vaccination, and the status of borders still unclear . Locally we took part in a monumental event with the Society of United
Professionals (SUP), Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) and Bruce Power. Although the
Day of Mourning and Labour Day events were not normal, they were again in person.
We have much work to do going forward into 2022 and together we will be triumphant in all our endeavors. Undoubtedly
the pandemic will continue to wage war with us in 2022 causing more disruptions in our lives, but we will continue to march
- Workers will continue to rebuild our economy and strengthen our communities and will lead the recovery.
As we say goodbye to 2021, please take time to reflect on 2021 and the years gone past. Cherish your memories, commit to
correcting wrongs and to build a better future to all. When we all work together towards a common goal the goal becomes
much easier to achieve.
On behalf of the Grey Bruce Labour Council (GLBC), it has been an honor to collaborate with you. The Labour Council appreciates
all the commitment to the work we do together. Work that will ensure a better future for all. We wish you a very Happy Holiday
season, a peaceful and joyous New Year celebration and look forward to working with affiliates, friends and allies in 2022.
From our homes to your Happy Holidays and all the best in 2022,
Kevin Smith, President Dave Trumble, VP Bruce Chris Stephen, VP Grey
Amy Stephen, Secretary Gord Cale, Treasurer Anna Morrison, Sgt-at-Arms