Six miners will be memorialized as part of the upcoming Labour Day Weekend.
Today, (11 a.m.) the Elliot Lake Miners’ Monument memorial wall induction ceremony, Prospector’s monument unveiling, and community gathering at the Collins Hall will take place.
Janice Martell, the driving force behind the McIntyre Powder Project will be in attendance to see her father along with five other miners inducted onto the memorial wall.
Martell says it will be bittersweet for her with her presentation as keynote speaker focusing on the stories of the six miners, how they lived, worked and contributed to their families and communities.
She notes three of the six being inducted are due to the McIntyre Powder Project work, and their claims subsequently being recognized by WSIB for occupational disease.
There will also be an official unveiling of the new Prospector’s monument followed by a luncheon and information tables and memorial display at the Collins Hall.
The six are (as inscribed on the wall): James (Jim) Hobbs, Aimo (Moe) Salo, Oswald Hajek, Wayne Drysdale Sr., Lenard Alexander McKay, and Richard Abraham Dumas.
After the ceremony at the monument, those gathered are invited to a luncheon at the Collins Hall community centre, where Martell will also be hosting the information tables about the McIntyre Powder Project, a memorial display, and the work of the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers on mining exposures and health.