News Release

April 20, 2015

Health Care Foundation and the Resource Development Trades Council Recognize National Day of Mourning

St. John’s, NL - The Health Care Foundation joined with its friends and partners, the Building Trades Workers of the Resource Development Trades Council, today in recognizing April 28, 2015, as the National Day of Mourning. 

“Today provides us all with an opportunity to commemorate all of those workers who have lost their life or suffered an injury or illness due to a work related incident,” said Paul Snow, President and CEO of the Health Care Foundation. “Our goal at the Health Care Foundation continues to be investing in adult health care for all, including for those suffering from workplace injuries or illnesses.”

“On this Day of Mourning, we remember our fellow workers who have died or suffered life altering injuries from work related incidents,” said Roy Hawco, Business Manager of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 904. “We join together to extend our sympathies to the families, friends and communities who are experiencing the grief of these losses and injuries.  We will continue to strive for a safer workplace and hope that one day we will never grieve the loss of another loved one due to a preventable incident.”

The Health Care Foundation values its partnership with the RDTC which is comprised of the following Building Trades Unions and supports all actions and activities that will ensure the health and safety of the local workforce:


  • Operating Engineers Local 904
  • Labourers’ Local 1208
  • Ironworkers Local 764
  • Boilermakers Local 203
  • Teamsters Local 855
  • Hotel and Restaurant Workers Local 779
  • International Association of Heat and Frost and Allied Workers Local 137
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local 512
  • Painters and Allied Trades Local 1984
  • Bricklayers and Allied Craft Workers Local 1
  • Electricians Local 2330
  • Electricians Local 1620
  • Carpenters Local 579
  • Millwrights Local 1009
  • Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 740
  • Elevator Constructors Local 125

“On April 28, people across Canada stop to remember workers killed, injured or disabled on the job,” said Gus Coombs, Assistant Director of the RDTC and Newfoundland and Labrador Building Trade Council. “ In addition to workers killed at work, there are many others whose death goes unreported if they die of a disease unrecognized as an occupational disease. We must remember these workers, the impact on their families and colleagues and we must recommit to fighting every day for improvements in workplace safety.” 

About the Health Care Foundation

The Health Care Foundation is committed to raising and stewarding funds for the advancement and enhancement of patient comfort and care, medical equipment, research and education at five Eastern Health adult hospitals serving the St. John’s region: St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital, Health Sciences Centre, Dr. Leonard A. Miller Centre, Waterford Hospital and the Dr. Walter Templeman Health Centre.  Through its fundraising initiatives, the Health Care Foundation assists these hospitals in providing health care for the St. John’s region and specialized tertiary health services for the entire province.

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Media contact:
Jackie O’Brien
Manager, Communications and Stewardship
Health Care Foundation 
(709) 777-5906