Don Milner Award

Toronto, Ontario

July 19, 2005


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Don Milner Award
Don Milner Award
dated July 19, 2005
July 12, 2005
Toronto, Ontario

       In recognition of Don Milner, who was viciously injured during the 2002 Navistar strike in Chatham, Ontario, the Canadian Auto Workers union has created the Don Milner Award Of Courage In The Face of Adversity. On hand for the presentation, Milner spoke briefly to the 2005 Bargaining and Political Action Convention.


Don Milner
Pres. IFPTE

       "I'm really honored to be up here and to be told that they are going to be handing out and award in my name to a member who went above and beyond the call."

       National president Buzz Hargrove announced the first recipient of the award.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "We looked at the nominees and it was about their work in their union, the work in their community and challenging people when it wasn't necessarily popular to do so. And the board selected the president of local 222 who stood up in support of Mark Hall when he wanted to take his boy friend to the prom. It was an extremely courageous thing to do and the board was unanimous in their decision in recommending to this convention that Mike Shields, brother Mike Shields receive the first award in Don Milner's name."

       In accepting the award Mike Shields paid tribute to Don Milner.

Mike Shields
CAW Local 222

       "As honoured as I am to be the first recipient of this award, I am sure that I share with future recipients the feeling of being humbled by the fact of being recognized in recognition of what you have done Don."

       Shields credited the members of Local 222 for rallying behind him in the fight to support the rights of a gay teenager in Oshawa.

Mike Shields
CAW Local 222

       "It didn't cause our union for one moment to wade into this controversial issue. As we celebrate our 20th anniversary it truly is what makes the CAW a different kind of union. We not only talk the talk we walk the walk when it matters. It is what being in the forefront is all about. It is not about waiting until the dust settles and see what happens."

       This type of leadership is typical of Canadians according to the Hon. Lt. General (retired) Romeo Dallaire in speaking about Canada's peace keeping role.

Hon. Lt. Gen. Romeo Dallaire
       This country, in my opinion, is a country of leaders. And this country is a country that has picked up the responsibility in the world towards humanity by being where it is."

       In his address to the convention Dallaire described the leadership and heroism shown by Canadian troops in fighting terrorism in Rwanda. He said the current fight against today's terrorism calls for even greater leadership.

Hon. Lt. Gen. Romeo Dallaire
       "We can not wait for the future to happen. We can't try to survive the future or let the future dictate to us. We must anticipate it. We must proactively respond to it and we must lead in it. For if the leaders don't do that, and if the leaders are in the mentality of crisis management then in fact we don't have an objective into the future we will be subordinated to it and we will live the crisis's one after the other."

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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