• ‘Amazing activist’ remembered

    A longtime union leader, community activist and supporter of many local causes has died.

    Debi Wells, who was president of the Limestone chapter of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO), died on Friday after a short illness.

    Wells was also the former president of the Kingston and District Labour Council.

    She was a former public school French teacher and has worked in a variety of roles with the local chapter of the ETFO, and has served as president for the past year, taking over from Mike Lumb.

    Lisa Marion, a Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) national representative, worked with Wells on the Kingston and District Labour Council issues.

    “Debi was just an amazing activist for any sort of people who were in poverty or anything where people were the underdogs. She was always fighting for the underdog,” Marion said.

    “As a labour council president, she was tenacious in everything she did. She was very active in women’s issues, poverty issues and always active in anything that was fighting for people’s rights.”

    Marion said some of Wells’ issues were promoting locally produced food, providing a living wage for all and women’s rights.

    Those were some of the causes Wells promoted on social media, such as Tim Hortons providing workers with paid breaks, fixing the funding formula for schools, and the International Women’s March, which Wells attended in late January on Parliament Hill.

    Tributes flowed in on her Facebook page after her death, with about two dozen posts and comments about her.

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