The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) is pleased to announce the Carol McGregor CLC Disability Rights Award. This award will recognize the outstanding contributions of a worker with a disability who has made an impact in the union and/or the community by promoting and defending the rights of persons with disabilities.
The award will be given annually and announced on December 3, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
What’s in a name?
Carol McGregor was a long time disability rights activist. She was the National Union of Public and General Employees’ (NUPGE) representative on the Canadian Labour Congress Disability Rights Working Group. She and her exuberant guide dog, Xayla, were a fixture at CLC conventions and Disability Rights conferences. Known as a strong advocate for injured workers, she was also featured on the poster that anchored a 2003 campaign to raise awareness and promote inclusion of workers with disabilities within unions.
Carol had outstanding skills as an advocate through her focus, discipline, commitment, analysis, and her personal capacity. She shared these skills as she helped prepare injured workers to speak to the media, to the Minister of Labour, to the Chair of the WSIB/WCB, and to audiences at injured worker events.
Some of her many other achievements included:
- Co-director of Disabled People for Employment Equity (1990-1992);
- Executive Director of People United for Self Help Ontario (1992-1995);
- Advisory Group member to the National Transportation Committee;
- Member of the Premier’s Council of Ontario under the Rae government;
- Member of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities; and
- Member of the Native Circle and Aboriginal Council of Toronto.
In the 1990s, she also served as president of Advocacy Resource Centre for the Handicapped (ARCH), a specialty legal aid clinic dedicated to defending and advancing the equality-rights of persons with disabilities.