Migrant farm labourers have long been part of the picture on the farms of Southwestern Ontario – and the London Free Press reports that local farmers and agriculture groups hosted an appreciation day for 450 workers in the community.
Hector Delanghe, the farmer who hosted the event, told the newspaper that the workers, from Mexico and the Caribbean, contribute tremendously to the region’s economy and make great sacrifices like leaving their families for months on end.
The workers typically work on fruit, vegetable and livestock operations, frequently working long hours during peak seasons and their employers say they’re some of the best agriculture employees in the region.
The occasion was also used to honour two employees who have been making the annual trip for close to three decades. Clarence Roulston has been coming to Canada for 31 years, and Noel Lewis for 28.