Bromley Llyod Armstrong

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It was with great sadness that we learned of the August 17, 2018 passing of Bromley Lloyd Armstrong. In 2017 and 2018; Labour Community Services presented the Bromley Armstrong Award to labour and community activists, who through their activism, exemplifies the work of Bromley Armstrong. The award, established in 2005, presented annually by the Toronto and York Region Labour Council until the event was assumed by Labour Community Services. Bromley was often on hand to personally present the award to the recipients.

Bromley Lloyd Armstrong was a: labour activist, community champion, social justice leader, and societal visionary. Though he is no longer able to grace us with his presence; his legacy will live on through the organizations he founded such as: Jamaican Canadian Association, Black Business and Professional Association, Urban Alliance on Race Relations, and the National Council of Jamaicans and Supportive Organizations. His achievements and actions which include: the 1954 delegation he led to Ottawa to challenge federal immigration policies that discriminated against people of colour; in the 1950s and 60 the Dresden, Ontario “test case”, and the Toronto “rent-ins” where he help to expose blatant discrimination, and racism in public places which were against the law but openly practiced at the time; will continue to guide us.

Bromley’s life work is a testament to what Labour Community Services strives to achieve “A deep and lasting solidarity between labour and community, and to achieve a just and equitable society for all.”

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