Pumpkin Patch

Our Local was recognized by CUPE BCon their website they had this to say about Brother Chris Revitt and the volunteers who helped organize and run the Pumpkin Patch this year: 

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BURNABY — CUPE 23 member Chris Revitt and his family turned their enjoyment of choosing pumpkins at a pumpkin patch into a community event for neighbourhood children, who may be physically or financially unable to get to one.

“I have three kids of my own and every year they visit the pumpkin patch. We realized some of their classmates don’t have the opportunity to go to a pumpkin patch, so we bring the pumpkin patch to them,” said Revitt.

The family built a pumpkin patch last year at South Slope Elementary & BC School for the Deaf. Revitt’s union, CUPE Local 23 that represents civic workers in Burnaby, stepped up to provide sponsorship. That allowed the event to be expanded to include Douglas Road Elementary.

“We work and live in the community so we like to reach out to our community and be active in it,” says CUPE 23 Chairperson Bruce Campbell.

Revitt, a Burnaby Parks Board irrigation worker, says that a good relationship with the schools helps make the event a success. Work gets underway a month before and begins with coordinating with school principals who set up a schedule and ask parents to volunteer.

A lot goes into the community event. Pumpkins, bales of hay and decorations are picked up. Enough popcorn is popped and hot chocolate brewed to serve about 700 students. CUPE 23 members, parents and others in the community get an early start setting up between 350 and 400 pumpkins on fields at both schools over two days. This year pre-school classes were also invited to visit the pumpkin patch.

Each class comes outside in the morning and gets hot chocolate and popcorn to munch while they tour the field and select a pumpkin. Teachers help students paint pumpkins or carve them, and some may even make pumpkin seeds. Last year some children brought their decorated pumpkins to a nearby seniors’ home for them to enjoy as well.

Revitt says that it’s rewarding because the community gets involved. Everyone who stops by is invited to come in and participate.

“You only have to watch the kids, and the parents. When you look at the faces of the kids, they’re so excited to be able to pick a pumpkin,” said Revitt.Pumpkin Patch 2015 2

Everything gets donated at the end. Pumpkins are given away to siblings and family members and some will go to Children’s Hospital. The hay bales go to an animal rescue organization. Decorations get donated back to schools for their school dance or Halloween parties.

“This is an awesome event,” says Kim Pearson, a CUPE 23 member who runs the hot meal program at the school. “It’s very multi-cultural here and this is a great way for everyone to learn about new traditions.”

Pete Seeger

This November 4th – 14th The Firehall Arts Centre is proud to present “The Incompleat Folksinger” a live show about Pete Seeger told through his own words and songs.

Tuesday 7pm
Wednesday-Friday 8pm
Saturday 4pm & 8pm
Sunday 3pm
Wednesday 1pm Pay-What-You-Can

 

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Reach For The Stars

It is time again for the Charlford House: Society for Women’s 11th Annual Reach For The Stars Reception and Auction featuring CTV Morning Live’s Keri Adams as Master of Ceremonies.

Two tickets have been purchased for this year’s event being held this Thursday, October 29th, 2015 at 6:30pm at the Columbia Theatre. If you are a CUPE Local 23 member and would like to attend this event please contact the Union Office by email: admin@cupe23.ca or by phone: 604 298-0200.

*1 ticket per member.

Annual call for United Way Loaned Rep applications

Expressions of Interest for the opportunity to work as a United Way ‘Loaned Labour Representative’ are now being accepted.

Placement:​  Subject to partnership with the City of Burnaby and Council approval, ‘leave’ is provided from August through December 2015.

Duties:​ To serve as an extension of the United Way staff as a full-time resource person to Employee Campaign Coordinators and Committees at various workplaces to assist in planning and implementing effective employee campaigns.

Please note that the successful candidate must be available during the last week of August for training.

Application Deadline: July 10, 2015

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Miners’ Memorial Weekend – June 18-20

June 18-20, 2015
Locations throughout Cumberland, BC

For 30 years the Cumberland Museum has co-hosted an annual commemoration of fallen workers, highlighting labour history and contemporary labour issues. The three day event welcomes hundreds of attendees from across Western Canada and as far away as the UK including workers and their families, activists, artists, writers, academics, community leaders, musicians and many others.
All are welcome to join us for this important weekend of solidarity, celebration, and remembrance.

More information: http://www.cumberlandmuseum.ca/events/miners-memorial-weekend/

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We won the United Way Community Spirit Award for Engagement!

CUPE 23 was awarded the United Way Community Spirit Award for Engagement because we did everything in our power to show people that every donation does make a difference. Presentations, videos, agency tours, special thank you’s – we did it all. We used successful strategies to engage our members through all levels of our organization in order to maintain or increase dollars given directly to United Way of the Lower Mainland, and the Engage Award recognizes this achievement. Through United Way, we help create possibility for over 400,000 people in our local community!

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