Laval – Teamsters Canada lobbyist and national advisor Brother Ken Deptuck on Monday received the Ross Von Weigand Labour Award. The award recognizes Brother Deptuk’s work in establishing employee assistance programs at Canadian Pacific and Canadian National. It also highlights his efforts to promote mental health support and awareness in the workplace.

The award was given by the Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA). Employee assistance programs offer counselling and support services for workers with personal difficulties or mental health issues. The programs can also provide support for a range of other problems, like substance abuse, grief, challenges in relationships, family violence and more.

“Brother Deptuck is a visionary. Decades ago, he recognized the importance of making mental health support available through the workplace. It’s still something today many workers don’t enjoy, and we are extremely grateful that he led the charge for so many of our members,” said the president of Teamsters Canada, François Laporte.