Retired union leader Ucal Powell is this year’s recipient of the Julius Deutsch Memorial Award administered by the Toronto & York Region Labour Council.
The presentation took place last week.
A graduate of St. Andrew Technical High School who migrated from Jamaica 45 years ago, Powell retired last year as the Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario (CDCO) executive secretary-treasurer.
A carpenter by trade, he joined the union a year after coming to Canada in 1969.
Powell is a founding member of 31 Division Community Police Liaison Committee bursary program, which is designed to assist young people interested in obtaining marketable skills through education and apprenticeship, and the Humber River Regional Hospital Foundation’s board of directors.
Through Powell, the province’s Carpenters Union presented a $50,000 cheque (approximately Jam$4.5 million) to the Project for the Advancement of Childhood Education (PACE). It was the largest ever single donation ever made to PACE, which has adopted more than 350 basic schools and early childhood institutions in Jamaica and impacted the lives of nearly 55,000 children over the last 27 years.
He’s an order of Ontario recipient.