Older men and women were recruited to fill manufacturing jobs while young men went to war. (Watson Gloves video still)
VANCOUVER – Watson Gloves is donating partial proceeds from the sale of two new products to Wounded Warrior Canada. The company said in a statement the donation is to recognize “the tremendous contribution veterans and first responders make to our country.”
In 1918 John Watson founded Watson Gloves in one of the more challenging years in Canadian history, 1918, six months before WW1 ended. Twenty one years later, when WW2 threatened Canada with an economic crisis, existing manufacturing orders were canceled, some factories shut down and construction halted on many pre-war civilian projects.
However, manufacturers creating supplies for the war efforts needed quality hand protection. It was challenging for Watson to find young workers throughout the wars to help make gloves as many were off to fight, but older men and women filled the positions until the boys got back. John Watson promised their jobs would be there. 101 years later the company is remembering Canadian veterans who fought for the country.
Watson Gloves chose to show its support by backing Wounded Warriors Canada, an organization that provides a wide range of programs and services for Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans, first responders and families affected by Operational Stress Injuries.
“We thank all of you that make our lives safe and protect us”, said Martin Moore, president of Watson Gloves.
Scott Maxwell, Executive Director of Wounded Warriors Canada, commented, “We have created an innovative approach to mental healthcare that uses clinical best practices and evidence informed care to create an environment of compassion, resiliency and hope for Canada’s ill and injured Veterans, First Responders and their families. Our life-changing programs would simply not be possible without the support from caring and compassionate Canadians and Canadian businesses like Watson Gloves.”