Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

October 06, 2010 15:16 ET

OFL Calls on Sudbury Women's Centre Board to Rescind Layoffs and Restore Services for Clients

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 6, 2010) - The OFL is today calling on the Sudbury Women's Centre Board of Directors, and in particular its Acting President Shirley Clement and Board Member Sheila McKillop, to rescind the layoffs of its two long-serving and accomplished staff members, Rose Menard and Barb Garon.

"We are appalled to hear of the treatment of these two women whose service to other women in their roles as centre workers has been vital to the success of this centre," says OFL President Sid Ryan. "We want the layoffs rescinded and all services reopened to women in need."

The OFL has a long history of campaigning for and supporting women's centres, rape crisis centres, battered women's shelters and other critical services for Ontario women. "We know how hard it is to get services and centres up and running and sustain them. We do not wish to see any of our hard-won gains demolished by bad political choices," says Ryan.

On September 7, 2010, the only two staff of the SWC, Executive Director Rose Menard and Program Coordinator Barb Garon returned from vacation with no notice the centre was closed, locks changed and a letter notifying them that they were laid off. Board member McKillop told the Sudbury Star the centre was closed due to "financial exigencies."

The centre offers information, referrals, short-term crisis intervention, legal-aid clinics, a children's play room, computer and internet access, training opportunities for placement students and volunteers, public education and outreach programs, workshops and programs to eliminate violence and opportunities for women to gain self-esteem, empowerment and awareness.

A rally is scheduled for 6 – 7 p.m. tonight, Wed, Oct. 6 at The Sudbury Women's Centre des Femmes.

Contact Information

  • Ontario Federation of Labour
    Sid Ryan
    Ontario Federation of Labour
    Lynn Simmons