The following is a message from Fernanda Santos, president, Teamsters Local Union 847.
It is with a heavy heart that we share the tragic news of the sudden and untimely passing of one of our members, Sister Colleen Slota. Colleen’s life was tragically cut short in a car accident just after completing her shift, at 2:30a.m., when her vehicle was struck by a pick-up fleeing from the police.
Colleen was a dedicated and beloved member of our union, and her loss has left an indelible mark on our hearts. She was the only female truck driver at London Hospital Linen Service, where she diligently served for 10 years. Her commitment to her work was exemplary, and she embodied the true spirit of workplace solidarity that binds our union together.
Sister Slota was known for her kindness, generosity, and unwavering spirit. She treated everyone, from customers to colleagues, with the utmost respect and care. Her friendly demeanour and ability to connect with other workers made her an amazing person to be around. She would often leave heartwarming messages or small treats for her colleagues on the docks, brightening their day with her thoughtfulness.
Colleen had a strong personality and a tenacious attitude which were balanced by her God-fearing nature and unwaveringly clean language. She was a proud and confident female trucker who was unafraid to stand up for herself and her beliefs, while always finding a way to get along with everyone at the end of the day.
Outside of work, Colleen was a skilled landscaper who took great pride in her beautiful garden and enjoyed entertaining family and friends by her pool. She will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.
During this difficult time, we must stand together in solidarity, mourning the loss of Sister Slota. We encourage you to reach out to one another, offer support, and share your memories of Colleen. Should you require additional support, please do not hesitate to reach out to your Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
Rest in power, Colleen.
In solidarity and with heartfelt condolences,
President, Teamsters Local Union 847