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Derek Blackadder


Board Member

Derek Blackadder is a retired trade union official, the Canadian Co-ordinator for LabourStart, writes the Webwork column for Our Times magazine and is a regular contributor to the Canadian and global editions of RadioLabour. He is Co-Chair of the Northumberland Coalition for Social Justice and volunteers with several social justice and film-related organizations in Cobourg, Ontario.

Carol Wall

CAROL WALL - In Memoriam

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Carol Wall was a long time community activist and trade unionist and has held various positions with Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and Communications, Energy and Paperworker’s Union (now Unifor). Carol is a co-author of the book “Education for Changing Unions” published in 2002 that won “Best Book Related to the Field of Labor Education” from the United Association for Labor Education (UALE). She was a proud member of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Canada (CBTU). Retirement afforded her time to join the Board of CLIFF as she loved labour films and documentaries.


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Michelle LeBlanc is a union organizer currently working for the Society of United Professionals in Toronto, Ontario. Michelle is a transplanted East Coaster who has had the privilege of working with teams all over the country during her career as an organizer in both the student and labour movements.

Lorene Oikawa


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Lorene Oikawa is an activist who speaks and writes about her passions including human rights. She is co-editor of the book, Honouring Our People: Breaking the Silence. She is the president of the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC). She is a director on the board of West Coast Environmental Law. She was the first Asian Canadian Executive Vice President for the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU).

Frank Saptel


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Frank Saptel is the national communications trainer with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) in Canada. Frank is involved in trade union activism, as well as human rights and social justice. He is also a Board member of Our Times Magazine, Toronto Workers' History Project and the Committee of Progressive Pakistani Canadians. Frank is the founder of CLiFF.


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Deedee Slye is a Communications Officer at the Nova Scotia Government & General Employees Union and lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has her Masters in Film Production and an undergraduate degree in Cinema Studies and Anthropology. She is passionate about film & video making and telling stories about our collective and individual struggles for equality and justice in the workplace and in our communities. There is much work to be done.


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Abbas Syed is a retired accountant and a community and social justice activist.