Leonard J. Crawford, CIWA-President
Summerside, Prince Edward Island
Minerva Porelle, CIWA-National Coordinator
St. Stephen, NB
The Canadian Injured Workers Alliance (CIWA) is pleased to introduce our new National Coordinator, Minerva Porelle who has sat on the CIWA Board for approximately 8 years as an Advisor. Minerva was a proud Nursing Home Worker for 32 years and comes to us from a trade unionist background being very involved in her local union executive and later moving on to be elected as Provincial Secretary Treasurer of both the New Brunswick Council of Nursing Home Unions and the Canadian Union of Public Employees of New Brunswick (CUPE NB), recently retiring in September 2020. Health and Safety and Injured Workers have always been a passion for Minerva having represented her province in many like-minded committees, fighting for legislation changes to the NB Health and Safety Act and sitting as Co-chair on CUPE Nationals Health and Safety Committee. Minerva resides in St Stephen New Brunswick with her family and as CIWA’s National Coordinator is looking forward to continue the fight for respect and dignity for injured workers as well as improving the Occupational Health and Safety of workers across Canada.
Lynn Cooper, CIWA- Director of Research & Education
The Canadian Injured Workers Alliance welcomes Lynn Cooper as Director of Research and Education. For more than 20 years, Lynn Cooper has been a national pain community leader, spokesperson, and educator, working toward improving pain treatment and management for Canadians. As a person with lived experience with work injury and pain, Lynn advocates for the voices and perspectives of people with pain and injured workers to be imbedded in research, discussions, and initiatives that will create solutions for more effective and compassionate pain care. As an advisor since 2007, Lynn has promoted CIWA’s involvement in research and education that addresses the needs and supports better outcomes for injured workers. She looks forward to continuing this work.
Karl Crevar, CIWA-Treasurer,
Ontario Network of Injured Worker Groups
Dr. Lynn Shaw, PHD. OT Reg., CIWA-Advisor
Director of the School of Occupational Therapy, Dalhousie University
Patti MacAhonic, MBA, CIWA-Advisor (she/her)
Patti MacAhonic has been with CIWA over 25 years. Widowed young with 3 children, her successful lobbying efforts were instrumental in passing BC’s Bill C-37 2003, concerning the rights of children and survivors of workplace fatalities. Her leadership experience includes Executive Director of the BC Wildlife Federation, Chamber of Commerce, BC Brain Injury Association; she has volunteered on provincial & national boards as director, treasurer and advisor for 20+ years. Patti was awarded the BC Provincial Crime Prevention & Public Safety Award of Distinction 2018, the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award & top 40 Alumni University of the Fraser Valley.
Janet Paterson, CIWA-Office Manager,
Canadian Injured Workers Alliance
1201 Jasper Drive, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 6R2