ACW mourns the passing of Karen Hawley, July 2021

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The ACW community is saddened to announce the death of Karen Hawley who passed away on July 8, 2021 in Ottawa at the young age of 58, having faced the dual challenges of Covid-19 and cancer.  She is remembered by her ACW colleagues as a researcher with contagious enthusiasm, positive energy, and considerable intelligence, which she brought to many projects in both the Work in a Warming World, and the Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces to Climate Change grants.  We extend our deep  condolences to her family.

Principal Investigator Carla Lipsig-Mummé has written:

“Karen has been on the margins of our grants since 2013 or even earlier – I remember that in 2013 and earlier Karen researched and wrote for the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW)  “ How much do our unions, including their work and their buildings—do what we  say we do?”.  Karen’s work in this influenced Phillip Jennings of the UNI Global Union to pay more attention to mobilise union climate activism. Karen’s research with CUPW for W3’s global conference in 2013 led to Karen producing the analysis of union engagement in 105 unions, across the globe. She also took up specific projects with NUPGE over the years. For this quiet woman, whose generosity reached out to others, these last months have been hard.  Karen sent me her most recent project a few months ago. It focuses on the health sector.”

In addition to her work on the postal sector, Karen was involved as a researcher in other projects and publications, notably, the Green Collective Agreements database, and with John Mummé in the 2017 ACW Working Paper, The Training of Canadian Architects for the Challenges of Climate Change .