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International Women’s Day 2019

March 7, 2019 at 10:00am

This weekend past the Local participated in various International Women’s Day events in the province.

UFCW Local 175 staff and members supporitng International Women's Day 2019 in Cornwall UFCW Local 175 staff and members supporitng International Women's Day 2019 in Cornwall UFCW Local 175 staff and members supporitng International Women's Day 2019 in Cornwall

Cornwall

In Cornwall, representatives from the Ottawa office along with members from Cornwall attended the event. Shown here in the group photo is the Mayor of Cornwall Bernadette Clement.  Marie Clarke Walker (CLC secretary-treasurer) was the keynote speaker. Marie spoke about the done waiting campaign to fix the child care crisis, ending sexual harassment, violence and wage discrimination.

 

Waterloo Region

At the Waterloo International Women’s Day Event, the 2019 IWD Committee included Local 175 executive board Vice President Kelly Dick. Kelly also sits on the Waterloo Regional Labour Council. She was the emcee for the event. Members, staff and executive board Vice President Lorne Bruce were also in attendance.

We heard from empowering speakers. Included were Elizabeth Clarke, Kitchener City Councillor. Elisabeth spoke about the need for more shelter services and programs that are appropriate and relevant for homeless women and their children.

Debbie Chapman, Ward 9 Councillor Kitchener-Waterloo and Lyndsey Butcher, Executive Director at SHORE (The Sexual Health Options, Resources & Education) Centre also spoke at the event.

There were also raffles a 50/50 draw and mug sales with the proceeds supporting Shore Centre and KW Women’s Crisis Services.

UFCW Local 175 staff and members supporitng International Women's Day 2019 in Waterloo UFCW Local 175 staff and members supporitng International Women's Day 2019 in Waterloo UFCW Local 175 staff and members supporitng International Women's Day 2019 in Waterloo UFCW Local 175 staff and members supporitng International Women's Day 2019 in Waterloo

UFCW Local 175 staff and members supporitng International Women's Day 2019 in Waterloo

 

 

 

 

 

Peel Region

At the Peel Regional Labour Council event we were welcomed in by a beautiful native blessing. On hand for the event were staff and members along with Local 175 President Shawn Haggerty and Secretary-Treasurer Kelly Tosato. On behalf of the Local, Kelly received a plaque in recognition of the Local’s ongoing continued support of the PRLC International Women’s Day event.

Mayor of Caledon Alan Thompson spoke from a personal level of what the event meant to him as a father. We heard from powerful women in our Labour movement and we were inspired by song as the group all joined in to sing the Bread and Roses March.

A raffles, draws and live auction rounded out the event with proceeds going to Armagh House, Wellspring and Safe Centre of Peel.

UFCW Local 175 supporting International Women's Day in Peel region. UFCW Local 175 supporting International Women's Day in Peel region.

UFCW Local 175 supporting International Women's Day in Peel region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ottawa

A number of Members and staff also took part in a dinner in Ottawa for #IWD2019 hosted by the Ottawa & District Labour Council Women’s Committee. In attendance were: Local 175 Executive Board VP Kim Hunter, Union members Lucie Goyette, Shelley Elford, Wendy Brown, Marilyn Wiggins, França Johnston, and Union Rep Jacques Niquet.
 
The Keynote speaker was Theresa Kavanagh, Bay Ward City Councillor for Ward 7. Theresa was recently appointed Special Liason on Women’s Issue and Gender Equity. Councillor Kavanagh described her mission as: “looking closely through a lense to see how we can make things better for women in this city. We can do this by demanding gender equity, economic justice, ending violence against women, implementing affordable childcare, supporting female candidates and asking for these issues to be at the top of the electoral agenda in the upcoming election.”
UFCW 175 & 633 members attend an International Women's Day dinner in Ottawa UFCW 175 & 633 members attend an International Women's Day dinner in Ottawa

 

 

 

 

Useful Links:

http://www.donewaiting.ca/

https://www.shorecentre.ca/

https://wcswr.org/

http://armaghhouse.ca/

https://wellspring.ca/

http://scopeel.org/