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Charles Brooks labour nominee Prof Brian E Brown to be Celebrated

16 November 2016 in Education

Windsor, ON—On Friday, November 18, 2016, United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County, in partnership with the Windsor & District Labour Council, will host the 39th Annual Labour Appreciation Night at the Caboto Club, honouring this year's recipient of the Charles E. Brooks Labour Community Service Award, Professor Brian E. Brown of the Windsor University Faculty Association (WUFA).

Brown has been a dedicated advocate for improving rights and benefits for the WUFA membership at the University of Windsor, and has taken a lead role over the years in bringing together a diverse group of union locals on campus.

United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County and the Windsor & District Labour Council created the Charles E. Brooks Community Service Award, which is presented annually to a trade unionist in recognition of outstanding contributions in the area of voluntary community service.

"Brian has been a great advocate for the community," says Lorraine Goddard, CEO, United Way. "He is well respected as a negotiator and community collaborator, and United Way wishes to congratulate him on his ongoing commitment to the labour movement."

"Volunteering and serving the disenfranchised are in Brother Brian's blood. He is a gem in our community," says Brian Hogan, President of the Windsor and District Labour Council.

Brown began his career at the University of Windsor in 1977 in the School of Visual Arts. He has contributed to the union throughout his career, serving on WUFA Council and the Executive. He is also an active member of the Windsor and District Labour Council Executive Board. He has also volunteered for the Art Gallery of Windsor Planning Committee, the Windsor Endowment for the Arts board, and on the United Way Community Impact Council. Brown has also receieved several other provincial labour and teaching awards.

EVENT DETAILS: Doors open at the Caboto Club at 5:30 p.m. Presentation begins after 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50. This year's keynote address will be given by Matt Marchand President and CEO of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Essex Member of Parliament Tracey Ramsey.

Brian E Brown Biography

Brian began his career at the University of Windsor in 1977 as a sessional instructor in the School of Visual Arts. This was a time when sessional members had no benefits, no pension plan, and no seniority. They were truly the most vulnerable members of the Union. Brian worked collaboratively with the membership to propose changes in the collective agreement, resulting in establishing rights, benefits, better wages and seniority for sessional members.

A former president of the Windsor University Faculty Association, the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations and the Canadian Association of University Teachers Defence Fund, Brian has dedicated countless hours to education and sharing the concerns of all WUFA members within the union and the broader community.

Brian has taken a lead role in promoting solidarity among the diverse union locals at the University of Windsor. As a result, the Campus Solidarity Group was formed, which consists of leaders of the various unions and student groups, meeting to discuss common issues at the University. Professor Brown supports all unions in need, not only on issues of fair wages, but also on health and safety, human rights and social justice. Brian is a firm believer in working with union leaders, administrators, students and the broader community in resolving the many issues facing all of us in today's society. Brown says "resolutions are always there, it is just a matter of how we choose to arrive."

Brian's desire to collaborate and build community extends beyond the University of Windsor. He is also an active member of the Windsor and District Labour Council. He has worked shoulder to shoulder with many of the previous Charles E. Brooks Award recipients.

Brian has volunteered his time as a member of the Art Gallery of Windsor Planning Committee and the Windsor Endowment for the Arts Board. He has been a staunch supporter of the United Way by championing the University Campaign and is also a member of the United Way Community Impact Council.

As a valued and respected mentor to new board and executive members, Professor Brown has offered his sage advice and provided wise leadership on a broad range of issues affecting professors, academic librarians and contract academic staff at universities across Canada.

This is not the first time Professor Brown has been acknowledged for going above and beyond. He was the first recipient of the Windsor and District Labour Council's Education Advocacy Award. In 2010 Brian received the OCUFA Lorimer Award instituted to honour and recognize outstanding contributions to improving the terms and conditions of employment of Ontario university faculty through collective bargaining. Professor Brown in 2012 was recognized with the OCUFA Service Award, established to honour individuals who have done, or continue to do, exceptional work on behalf of the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations and its members. In 2015 Brian received the OPUS Teacher of the Year Award presented by the Organization of Part Time Students (OPUS).

Please join us in congratulating Professor Brian E. Brown as the 2016 Charles E. Brooks recipient!