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OSSCO-SOCAO is pleased to announce that Herb John has signed on to be part of our Tuesdays with OSSCO education program. On September 22nd, he will kick off the 1st of a 3-part series, Civic Dialogue to Civic Action. The 3-part series focuses on the importance of Civic Dialogue and how this process starts. Attendees will increase awareness of how to utilize and share their skills and experience for better communities. The role of government and what each level does will be explained. This includes understanding how to address seniors concerns and rights under each level of government. The important role of the ordinary citizens will be discussed in every session. Herb will share his experience and knowledge of how we can engage seniors and seniors’ organizations in Civic Dialogue and Activism.
GUEST SPEAKER BIO: Herb’s advocacy and political activities started at age 14 as a member of the Windsor N.D.P. Youth Group that met in downtown Windsor Ontario in
the old U.A.W. Local 195 Union hall. This spirit of activism was developed as a teen in the late 1960s and early 1970s when the Civil Rights, Peace and Environmental movements were making huge changes in the development of our social values.
Herb worked at Ford Motor Company from January 1973 until May 2003. After 10 years of working numerous jobs on the shop floor, he was elected to various positions over the next 20, including #3 and #2 Shift Committee-Person, Plant Chairperson, Trustee on the Local Executive Board and member of the Local and Master Bargaining Committees. Herb was involved with Environmental organizations such as Local 200 Environment Committee, C.A.W. Council Environment Committee, the Citizens Environment Alliance, the C.A.W. Windsor Regional Environment Council, Windsor/Essex County Earth Day Committee and Earth Day Canada. He also served as Vice Chair of the Windsor West NPP riding association. Since retiring, he was elected Vice-Chairperson and then Chairperson of the C.A.W. Local 200 Retired Workers Chapter. He was also elected Vice-Chairperson of the Essex Kent/Windsor C.A.W. Area
Retired Workers Council.
In September 2010, at the Retired Workers annual National Conference, Herb was elected to the C.A.W. National Retired Workers Advisory Executive Board. Herb also serves on the Board of Directors of the Chatham Kent Health Alliance. When he was elected president of the National Pensioners Federation at the annual convention in October 2012 he resigned as Chairperson of the C.A.W. Local 200 Retired Workers Chapter and the ViceChairperson of the Essex Kent/Windsor C.A.W. Area Retired Workers Council in order to have the time required to fulfill this new position. Herb has 3 daughters, 1 son and 4 grandchildren. Herb and his partner Yolanda live on Walpole Island First Nation.
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