Activists to gather November 2nd at 12th Annual Chávez Awards

10,000 Strong and Growing

Honourees for the 12th Annual César Chávez Black Eagle Awards have been announced. The César Chávez Black Eagle Awards — presented by UFCW Canada and the Agriculture Workers Alliance (AWA) — recognize exceptional activists for their innovative social justice work on behalf of Canada's agriculture workers.

This year's presentation and award dinner will be held on Wednesday, November 2nd at the Ontario Federation of Labour building in Toronto, where the following eight honourees will receive their awards for activism in one of six categories:

Agriculture Worker:

Mindy Leng, leader of the Rol-Land Farms organizing committee

Thomas Dunmore, Supreme Court challenger, Highline Mushroom Farm


Raj Chouhan, MLA Burnaby-Edmunds, NDP B.C.


Ambassador Gary Doer, past-Premier of Manitoba


Pierre Gingras, past-President of TUAC Canada Local 501


Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge, Artist-Activists


Father Hernán Astudillo, Spiritual leader for San Lorenzo Church, Toronto

More on these remarkable individuals and full coverage of the awards in the Directions issue to follow.
The awards event also marks a celebratory milestone for the AWA which has now surpassed 10,000 members, making it the largest agriculture workers organization in North America.

Tickets for the 12th Annual César Chávez Black Eagle Awards Dinner are still available (at time of publication). For ticket information, please contact UFCW Canada National Office at (416) 675-1104.