United Steelworkers Celebrate the Dedication of the Frank Wall Education Centre
July 9, 2012
By Brad West, USW Communications
Family, friends and colleagues of Frank Wall gathered to remember a man who made tremendous contributions to the labour movement, and to labour education in particular, as the United Steelworkers District 3 (USW) celebrated the official naming of the Frank Wall Education Centre.
Born in Dublin, Ireland, Frank held a number of leadership positions in the union, including President of Local 5529 of the United Steelworkers of America, President of the Edmonton Labour Coucil, Staff Representative for the Canadian Labour Congress, and Education Director of the IWA.
Above all else, Frank was known as an inspiring and caring teacher at the Harrison Winter School and other union education courses.
"Through his tireless efforts, Frank touched the lives of thousands of union members, who through his teaching gained the skills and confidence they needed to make a meaningful contribution to the labour movement," said Stephen Hunt, Director of USW District 3.
"By dedicating this training centre in Frank's name, we're ensuring that every student who comes forward understands that Frank Wall paved their way."
The dedication also featured remarks by former IWA President Jack Munro, retired CLC Staff Representative Gord Larkin, and retired CLC Director David Rice, whom all remembered Frank for his intelligence, quick wit and sense of humour.
"Running the Harrison Winter School meant encountering all sorts of issues. Frank had such an exceptional way of dealing with people and making them feel at ease. He could use humour to diffuse a tense situation like no other," said Rice.
Many members of Frank Wall's family attended the ceremony, including his son Adrian, who spoke on the family's behalf.
"I want to thank the Steelworkers for honouring our Dad this way. I know he is smiling down. The labour movements and the ideals and values that you represent were such a big part of his life. Not only did he do his best to live those values, but he also made sure to pass them on to his children and grandchildren," Wall said.
What is clear from the comments of all those who attended the event is that Frank Wall's memory will live on in, not only through the education centre, but through the actions of all those who were touched by his life.