Local safety professional receives prestigious award

For more than 30 years as a Power Workers’ Union (PWU) Delegate to the Grey Bruce Labour Council (GBLC) and more than 40 years as a Trade Union Activist and never allowing anything to be more important than the Health and Safety of colleagues, Dave Trumble was awarded the Distinguished Service to Safety Award (DSSA) by the National Safety Council (NSC) in October. 

   Dave Trumble (4th from R) with other DSSA winners, NSC CEO Deborah                   Hersman (far R) and NSC Board Chairperson Mark Vergnano (far L)

At the November GBLC meeting, in Port Elgin, Kevin Smith, GBLC President, acknowledged and congratulated, Trumble, who is also Vice-President of the Labour Council, on being awarded the DSSA. Smith said, “It is indeed a pleasure to congratulate Dave on this award and to have been a contributor to the nomination process.”

The DSSA is the highest honor bestowed on a safety professional by the NSC.  The award recognizes exemplary efforts and success in improving safety and health at work, on the road, in the home and community.

“The Grey Bruce Labour Council is proud of Dave and extremely pleased that he was nominated by the NSC Labour Division, the Grey Bruce Labour Council, the Power Workers’ Union and the Canadian Nuclear Workers’ Council” as the award is of national and international importance.

The Grey Bruce Labour Council has been the voice of workers in Grey and Bruce Counties for over 60 years and is made up of private and public sector unions that represent thousands of workers across the region.

According to the GBLC,  workers and their families need to know that the actions of the Labour Council going forward will support the activities of provincial organizations such as the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) and national organizations such as the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) to hold local politicians accountable, to support Days of Action and to work to do all that is possible through collective action to ensure that the highest levels of Worker Health and Safety are upheld.