The Shoe Box project
is a volunteer run project across North America. For women who have been displaced from their homes and estranged from their families, the holidays can be a particularly challenging time. Often, women feel disconnected from society, forgotten and alone. Reducing the feelings of isolation and loneliness faced by women living in shelters is one of the most important outcomes of The Shoebox Project. A Shoebox gift is a powerful reminder for a woman that she has not been forgotten and that she remains a valued and respected member of her community.
Marg Parker is a local Unifor member and coordinator of the Sarnia Chapter. “Oh my goodness we are up to 72 boxes just like that! Thanks to Unifor Local 848 and their $1,000 shopping spree. A special thank you to Lisa and her to wonderful children, Sarah, Gina, Kaitlin, Martina and Rob for all their help today sorting, filling, wrapping, cards, etc. It wouldn’t have got done without you today!“ In total, 90 shoeboxes were filled and delivered this Christmas.
The Inn of The Good Shepherd Adopt-A-Family Program
For the past three years, Ann Drury and I have asked our members for $1000 at Christmas time to participate in the Inn of the Good Shepherd, Adopt-A-Family program. Each year, you have approved our motion and given us your money to help make Christmas special for one or two families that do not have enough to provide for extras, or maybe even necessities, at this time of the year.
This year, our adopted family consisted of a mom and four children ranging in age from 6 years old to 15 years old. The family provided the Inn with a wish list from each child and parent.
We were able to use $200 for each child and give them mostly everything on their list. We also were able to give mom a $200 grocery gift card to provide a good Christmas dinner and maybe some extra groceries over the break for the family.
Thank you to all of our members for approving our motion to participate in this fantastic program. It is a pleasure for us to represent Local 848 during the holidays by helping out families in need on your behalf.
All of the best you in 2017,
Krista Dochstader and Ann Drury
That Night in Sarnia
Lisa donating on behalf of 848
Lisa Bone donates to the Pretty in Pink charity on behalf of Unifor 848
Unifor 848 Executive Donate
Polar Bear Dip
The polar bear dip benefited the charity ‘Right To Play’ on December 29, 2013.
Unifor 848 Marks The National Day of Mourning
It was in the year 1991 when this day was officially recognized by the federal government – eight years after the day of remembrance was launched by the Canadian Labour Congress. Since its recognition, the National Day of Mourning is celebrated annually in 80 countries around the world.
Unifor Local 848 joined other locals to remember those who were killed and injured in the workplace on Monday, April 28.
On this day, the Day of Mourning flag was flown at half-mast followed by a moment of silence to remember all those who have been killed or injured on the job.
Each year Canada mourns the victims of workplace incidents and injuries. Let us all continue to make every effort to make our work environment safe for all our workers and colleagues.