NEVER LOSE HOPE
These words were spoken by Jeleel Stewart, who lost the use of his hand after it was crushed in an accident at a Niagara on the Lake nursery in 2008. After he was denied compensation in 2010, two families in Niagara have journeyed with him in his search for justice.
At present Jeleel's family is struggling to survive on a rice diet.
We invite you to help us to raise funds to support this family and to put pressure on our government and WSIB to address these historical injustices that have been built into the Seasonal Agricultural Work Program.
Along the way we have discovered that his story is not unusual. There are many more in this little corner of Niagara, these stories represent just a few of them.
What do these people have in common?
1.They are among the 3,000 men and women who come to Niagara every year. The Federal government's Seasonal Agricultural Work Program has been bringing people from the Caribbean and Mexico to work on our farms, greenhouses and vineyards since 1966.
2. They have experienced life altering workplace injuries or injustices.
3. They were considered disposable, left to manage the financial, social and psychological consequences without government or employer support.