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CBTU honours Carpenters’ Campbell and IUPAT’s Dawns at awards dinner

The Ontario chapter of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) hosted its 20th annual awards dinner and fundraiser recently in Toronto, with Chris Campbell of the Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario and Ivan Dawns of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) among the award recipients.
CBTU honours Carpenters’ Campbell and IUPAT’s Dawns at awards dinner

"It's a significant award for me because it is from my fellow trade unionists," says Campbell, winner of the Jack White Community Service Award.

Campbell, who got his start in the carpentry trade as a first-year apprentice with Carpenters' Local 27 in 1989, calls it "a humbling" award.

"It is special to be recognized after almost two decades of giving back to the community through volunteerism," he says.

Campbell's volunteer experience includes helping build the Breakfast Club's float for Toronto's annual Caribana parade and he has been an auxiliary officer with the Toronto Police Service.

He also built houses with other carpenters from Local 27 for survivors of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and volunteered again for similar work with Habitat for Humanity for Haiti's earthquake victims.

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