Len Harrison, Chair of CAW Retirees to be Honoured With OHC 2010 Dan Benedict Award
November 1, 2010, 11:23 AM EST
The Ontario Health Coalition's Dan Benedict award is given annually to the person (or persons) that best exemplify the spirit of Dan Benedict, a lifelong supporter of working people and instrumental in establishing the CAW Paid Education Leave (PEL) program, the largest single adult educational program for working men and women in Canada. A founding member of the Coalition, Dan served as its co-chair and was also on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Coalition of Senior Citizens' Organizations.
The award will be presented to Len Harrison this year at the Coalition's General Assembly in November to recognize his embodiment of Dan Benedict's spirit of extraordinary community activism and commitment to the protection and extension of public medicare.
Len stood shoulder to shoulder with Dan during his life and struggles - both outspoken CAW advocates for social justice, workers' rights and education, quality public health care, justice for seniors and tireless and creative campaigners for a better tomorrow. Len Harrison has served on the NEB and Chairperson, National Retired Workers Advisory Executive since 1998. As CAW members well know, community health coalitions and health care workers have had few greater friends in their struggle to defend public health care than Len Harrison.