Rise Above: a Night of Hope and Solidarity

UPDATED! Nominations are now closed

Nominations are now closed for United Way’s annual Labour Appreciation Awards event, Rise Above: A Night of Hope and Solidarity. Award recipients are selected for their dedication to our community and their steadfastness in going above and beyond to help their neighbours in need.

This year’s event will be hosted virtually on Thursday, January 20, 2022 and the event will feature a live 50/50 draw running from January 10 to January 20.

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Every year United Way Elgin Middlesex, in partnership with Labour United, recognizes local Labour leaders in our community who go above and beyond to make sure everyone in our community has a fair shot at their best life.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, our community and workplaces have changed drastically but the good work has continued. We want to recognize those whose commitment and dedication have made a difference.

Nominate your members, your co-workers, and your friends who inspired Hope & Solidarity this past year, whether it was in their workplace or out in the community. We want to recognize members who “rose above” for your local and our community.

We want to celebrate you! We encourage you to nominate those in your workplace who have risen above their normal work expectations. Those who have reached out to help in their communities, to make the world a brighter place, even for a moment, during this time of continued change.

Sue Fairweather, Chair, Labour United

There are 10 awards under 3 categories that you can nominate members for:

The Labour Appreciation Award
These are awarded to 8 Local Union members, who in 2021, took action and inspired Hope and Solidarity


  • The recipient is a true stand-out member of their local, who inspires those around them.
  • Offered Hope, optimism, and kindness to others during these trying times.
  • Embodies the union principle of solidarity and community building.

Change Maker Award
This is awarded to a group, committee, or club that makes a substantial change in our community.

Partnering with a Purpose
This is awarded to a group of dedicated people, that work together collectively to create a community where everyone matters.

Nomination Guidelines:

  • Nominees must be a member in good standing in a Union or Association
  • Be sure to include those individuals who are our grassroots heroes
  • The Labour United Committee will select 8 Labour Appreciation Award Honorees, 1 Change Maker, and 1 Partnering with a Purpose Award which will be awarded, at our Virtual Labour Appreciation in January
  • Please provide as much detail as possible on the nomination form to help the committee select the winners

Nominations are now closed.

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