When Canadian Labour Congress Secretary-Treasurer Barbara Byers found out she had been nominated for the Order of Canada, she was stunned.
Byers was one of 69 Canadians named yesterday as a Member of the Order, one of the country’s highest civilian honours. Governor General David Johnston chose to recognize Byers “for her contributions as an important voice in the Canadian labour movement.”
Byers has a long history of fighting for the underdog. As a social worker in Saskatchewan she addressed issues of poverty, youth unemployment, aboriginal concerns, inequality, and labour rights.