Who we are
The Women of Inspiration have been meeting regularly since 2004. We were organized by a group of injured worker women who shared the same feelings: feelings of being left alone and feelings of isolation and grief. We believed that forming a group would help us learn how to fight for our rights as injured workers, while creating a space for mutual support as women, as mothers and as care givers – so we can grow together in this process.
The group has kept me from falling over the brink…” “The group is to inspire other women to not just survive their difficulties but thrive as who they are. That’s why it’s important that we get together and support each other as women.”
Backed by clinic legal workers, we share information on the workers’ compensation system, new developments and practices. In a safe meeting place where everything said is kept confidential, we discuss issues that affect us as injured workers, including how to:
- improve our health, how to cope with pain, physical and emotional
- handle frustrations in dealing with claims or return to work
- meet the WSIB officials, politicians, and others to address problems we experience
- offer recommendations on improving the compensation system
How to contact us
Email Audrey Parkes (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call Injured Workers Consultants (IWC) at phone: (416) 461-2411 for more information.
Activities and action
Join us on the third Friday of each month from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at IWC, 815 Danforth Ave, Suite 411, Toronto (between Pape and Donlands subway stations).
Guest speakers (naturopaths, doctors and mental health workers, nutritionists and other community groups) discuss recovery. We have also hosted informal meetings with Ministry and WSIB officials about our experiences.
We’re active in events such as Injured Workers’ Day (June 1st) and the overnight vigil on the evening before, the annual Christmas demo and wherever injured workers rally. Recently long-time WOI activist Maryam Nazemi was honoured for her advocacy for workers’ compensation reforms, particularly in extending coverage. Several of our members are the core of the Justice Singers Choir, putting to music the poetry of injured worker activists, including Beryl Brown and Sylvia Clarke.
The voice of women injured workers is also heard through our letters and presentations to policymakers in government and the Board.
Selected publications / submissions:
- 2015, Dec. 17. Please make CPP fair for Ontario workers
- 2015, Dec. 4. re New WSIB President
- 2015, Apr. 30. Eliminating the 72-month lock is bad for injured workers
- 2012, Oct. 1. Submission re WSIB Appeals Program