Bromley L. Armstrong Awards

Bromley Lloyd Armstrong Awards

A Black trade unionist, community organizer and activist, Bromley Lloyd Armstrong was a pivotal figure in the early anti-discrimination campaigns in Ontario that led to Canada’s first anti-discrimination laws. As a self-described “blood and guts” ally of the working poor, he demonstrated a lifelong commitment to the trade union movement and the battle against disadvantage and discrimination. For more than six decades, Armstrong worked for human rights, helping to generate civic and government support for racial equality and advocating for human rights reforms in public policy. The Bromley Lloyd Armstrong Awards were established in 2005 to celebrate his legacy and recognize those who have taken up the mantle within our movement. Stay tuned for the annual Gala. 

Watch the 2022 Bromley L. Armstrong Awards Gala below:

Bromley Lloyd Armstrong Awards and Special Recognitions 

The Bromley Lloyd Armstrong Awards and special recognitions were established in 2005 and have recognized the following individuals for their tireless work in the areas of Equity, Inclusion, and Human Rights. In 2021, the addition of presenting an award to a union was added. The award recipients go through a nomination and selection process and are celebrated annually through the Bromley Lloyd Armstrong Awards Gala.

Nominations for the 2023 awards will become available by February 2023. Stay tuned or get in contact with [email protected] for any questions. 

BROMLEY L. ARMSTRONG AWARD RECIPIENTS

2005 June Veecock
2006 Clarence Forde
2007 Nicole Ma
2008 Hassan Yussuff
2009 Marie Clarke Walker
2010 Pura Velasco
2011 Janice Gairey
2012 Jojo Geronimo
2013 Fred Upshaw
2014 Herman Stewart
2015 Beverley Johnson
2016 David Onyalo
2016 Winnie Ng
2017 Helen Liu
2017 Tyler Downey
2018 Nigel Barriffe
2019 Mark Brown
2021 Chris Campbell
2021 Liyu Guo
2021 Ivan Dawns
2021 SEIU Healthcare (Union)
2022 Vanessa Stoby
2022 Carol Wall
2022 Carolyn Egan
2022 Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation - District 16 (Union)

SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS

2021 John Cartwright, Toronto & York Region Labour Council
2021 Megan Whitfield, Canadian Union of Postal Workers
2021 Andria Babbington, Toronto & York Region Labour Council
Barry Stevens, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
Pat May Chandler, Canadian Union of Public Employees

Learn more about Bromley Lloyd Armstrong

Welcome to Canada 

On Tuesday April 27, 1954 the Toronto-based Negro Citizenship Association (NCA) made history when it went to Ottawa to demand changes in the discriminatory policies of the Canadian Immigration Act. Led by Donald Moore, the delegation received support from many community groups, including the Canadian Labour Congress and The Toronto and Lakeshore Labour Council - precursor of the Toronto and York Region Labour Council. In “Welcome to Canada”, long time union activist and co-founder of the NCA, Bromley Armstrong, sheds light on the circumstances around this historic moment.

Breaking Barriers, Linking Struggles

Let's learn from those in our movement who spent a lifetime tackling systemic racism.

Honouring Our Black Leaders

The Labour Council salutes the leaders who made a difference inside and outside the Labour Movement in Canada. Let's also remember our Historical Alliance with the Canadian Civil Rights Movement and strengthen our solidarity.

United in Fighting Against Anything A Conversation with Ruth Malloy

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