VANCOUVER, Feb. 22, 2017 /CNW/ - Rank-and-file members of Unifor Local 2121 accepted the CM Hincks Award tonight on behalf of the mental health promotion campaign ongoing at the offshore oil rig Hibernia.
"We're so thrilled that Unifor members could take a leadership role in improving mental health in this unique workplace," said Sari Sairanen, Unifor's Director of Health and Safety. "When workers are involved from the ground up, health and safety campaigns are always going to be more effective and more innovative."
Unifor members Steve Tizzard and Jason Thorn were present at the ceremony in Vancouver to receive the award and present the workshop on mental health first aid that won the national recognition. More than 300 workers on Hibernia have been trained this way.
Hibernia's campaign beat out ten other nominees to win the 2017 CM Hincks Award, awarded by the Canadian Mental Health Association to "honor workplaces for exemplary processes, tools and programs that foster positive mental health for employees." Clarence Meridith Hincks was a legendary figure in Canadian mental health who founded the Canadian National Committee for Mental Hygiene in 1918.
Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing more than 310,000 workers. It was formed Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged.
For further information: please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at 778-903-6549 (cell) or Ian.Boyko@Unifor.org