In Sadness and Mourning

Last week on Wednesday April 19th, 2023, the Fleming community suffered a loss with the death of George Seto.

George’s commitment to Fleming College is undeniable – he was alumni, graduating from the Electromechanical Engineering Technology Program in 1979 and well as an employee for over 30 years. He was a dedicated faculty member and program coordinator. Instead of attempting to do justice to his contributions here, we encourage you to read his loving obituary at:

Visitation services will be held at the Comstock-Kaye Funeral Home in Peterborough on Friday, April 28 from 1 – 3 p.m. and from 6 – 8 p.m.

The funeral will take place on Saturday, April 29 at 1 p.m.

On Monday April 24th, 2023, our community also lost a past president and champion of public education with the death of Charles Pascal.

Perhaps best known for bringing full day kindergarten to Ontario into fruition, Charles Pascal dedicated his life to education at all levels.

The Fleming College award for Teaching in Excellence, which has been historically given out annually at convention was named in his honour. (Sadly, this award has not been given out since 2018 with the creation of the Spotlight Awards).

TVO has published a beautiful memorial piece which you can find at:

We wish to acknowledge today, April 28th, as the National Day of Mourning. Day of Mourning is observed annually on April 28, to highlight the importance of accident and disease prevention at work and to foster strong Occupational Health and Safety workplace cultures.

Workplace health and safety is one of the fundamental reasons unions exist, so that every worker feels safe and protected while doing their jobs.

On the Day of Mourning, we remember those who were killed on the job because of workplace incidents, and we also stand in solidarity with those who have been injured due to workplace hazards.

In closing, we wish to acknowledge all staff, alumni, students and friends who have helped build our work community and have died or suffered losses in the past year.

We remember David WebsterThomas Hughes and Tom Phillips.

Please reach out if you need support – we are stronger together.

In solidarity,

Local 352

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