Agriculture Union Social Justice Fund Projects

Information on projects approved for support by the Agriculture Union Social Justice Fund can be viewed below:

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The project outlines are summaries prepared in standardized form for the interest of our members. Copies of original submissions are available on request from the Agriculture Union National Office.

Click on any of the following titles to view information on a particular AUSJF project:

Canadian Red Cross Fort McMurray – May 2016

PROJECT: Donation to the Canadian Red Cross ‘Alberta Fires Emergency Appeal’

YEAR(S) FUNDED: 2016

MEMBER(S) SUBMITTING FUNDING REQUEST: National Executive

NAME OF SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: Agriculture Union

CAPSULE DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: To assist Albertans who have lost homes and property to the massive firestorm engulfing the Fort McMurray, Alberta region.

AMOUNT OF FUNDING: $5,000

EXPECTED OUTCOMES: Support the registration, housing and feeding of Fort McMurray residents fleeing the city to escape the unprecedented wildfires. Helping to provide trauma counselling for those devastated by the disaster.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT: http://www.redcross.ca/

WEB SITE ARTICLE(S): May 2016

Zimbabwe OCCZIM Project – April 2016

PROJECT: Organization of Collective Co-operatives of Zimbabwe

YEAR(S) FUNDED: 2016, 2017

MEMBER(S) SUBMITTING FUNDING REQUEST: Marianne Hladun

NAME OF SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: Organization of Collective Co-operatives of Zimbabwe

CAPSULE DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: To promote and develop village chicken production co-ops throughout Zimbabwe by training and educating villagers on the raising and economics of chicken production.

AMOUNT OF FUNDING: US$10,000 (each year for two years)

EXPECTED OUTCOMES: Providing a means of nutrition and self-sufficiency to communities suffering from severe drought conditions and limited government assistance.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT: OCCZIM

WEB SITE ARTICLE(S): April 2016

Villa Rosa Residence, Winnipeg, Manitoba

YEAR(S) FUNDED: 2016

MEMBER(S) SUBMITTING FUNDING REQUEST: Shari Reitmer, Agriculture Union Local 50073

NAME OF SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: Agriculture Union Local 50073

CAPSULE DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: Financial support for staff and programs at this prenatal and postnatal residence providing services to young, single, at-risk mothers and their infants.

AMOUNT OF FUNDING: $22,000 (one time)

EXPECTED OUTCOMES: Supporting a new First Years Last Forever Program that will encourage breastfeeding, good mothering practices and volunteer development.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT: www.villarosa.mb.ca

WEB SITE ARTICLE(S): March 2016

Natural Wonders Early Learning Centre, Swift Current, Saskatchewan

YEAR(S) FUNDED: 2016

MEMBER(S) SUBMITTING FUNDING REQUEST: Theresa Colenutt, Agriculture Union Local 40054

NAME OF SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: Board of Directors, Natural Wonders Early Learning Centre

CAPSULE DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: An existing undeveloped yard in this centre for young children will be equipped with accessible play structures and a multi-layered learning garden.

AMOUNT OF FUNDING: $2,560

EXPECTED OUTCOMES: All children, particularly those with disabilities, will benefit from an accessible play area that also provides direct experience with living, growing plants.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT: tcolenutt@agr.gc.ca

WEB SITE ARTICLE(S): March 2016

Easter Donation of beef to Prince Edward Island food banks

YEAR(S) FUNDED: 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

MEMBER(S) SUBMITTING FUNDING REQUEST: Lloyd Kerry, Darryl Lewis, Brian Watts and Kathy Drake

NAME OF SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: Agriculture Union Local 90004 – Charlottetown, PEI

CAPSULE DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: Donation of hundreds of kilograms of dressed beef to Charlottetown and Summerside food banks just in time for the Easter holiday. The gift was made possible by the Local’s purchase of a prize steer at the Easter Beef Show in Charlottetown.

AMOUNT OF FUNDING: $1,500, $1,700, $1,800, $1,800, $1,800, $2,300

EXPECTED OUTCOMES: Assists the local beef industry during difficult economic times and helping some of the Islands least fortunate families while raising the Agriculture Union’s profile throughout PEI.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT: kdrake@pei.sympatico.ca

WEB SITE ARTICLE(S):    April 2010April 2011, April 2014, April 2016

Education in Action - Guatemala

YEAR(S) FUNDED: 2015

MEMBER(S) SUBMITTING FUNDING REQUEST: Krysty Munns, Agriculture Union Local 30048, Calgary

NAME OF SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: Education in Action, PSAC Social Justice Fund

CAPSULE DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: Under the umbrella of the PSAC’s Social Justice Fund, engaging in community-building activities in Guatemala, including the supply of badly-needed school supplies.

AMOUNT OF FUNDING: $200

EXPECTED OUTCOMES: In addition to the distribution of medical and sewing kits, donation of such basic school supplies as pens, pencils and notebooks to hundreds of disadvantaged children.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT: munnsk@gmail.com

WEB SITE ARTICLE(S): March 2015

Trade Unions and Democracy publications in Columbia - Lettres en main

YEAR(S) FUNDED: 2015

MEMBER(S) SUBMITTING FUNDING REQUEST: Jacquelin Carrier, Regional Vice- President, Eastern Quebec

NAME OF SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: Lettres en main

CAPSULE DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: Research, translation and distribution of two booklets – on Trade Unions and on Democracy – to 20,000 Columbian workers.

AMOUNT OF FUNDING: $7,000

EXPECTED OUTCOMES: Promote grass-roots education, leading to growing awareness of the importance of both democratic society and the role unions play in the struggle for fairness and social justice in this South American country. Through a consciousness-raising approach, provide Columbian adults with low-literacy skills with the tools to better understand and defend their rights.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT: marcella.braggio@gmail.com

Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter

YEAR(S) FUNDED: 2015

MEMBER(S) SUBMITTING FUNDING REQUEST: Michelle Hambly, President, Local 30046, Lacombe, Alberta

NAME OF SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter

CAPSULE DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: Funding of an information presentation and silent auction at the Agriculture Union’s Alberta Regional Conference in support of the crisis-intervention and counselling work of the Shelter’s child support program.

AMOUNT OF FUNDING: $2,015

EXPECTED OUTCOMES: Professional intervention and counselling, and the provision of a safe refuge allowing women and children to achieve their full potential free from family violence.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT: www.cawes.ca

WEB SITE ARTICLE(S): March 2015

High School Carpentry Apprenticeship Program, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

YEAR(S) FUNDED: 2011, 2014

MEMBER(S) SUBMITTING FUNDING REQUEST: Elena Beynon, Agriculture Union Local 40022

NAME OF SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: Mount Royal Collegiate

CAPSULE DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: The successful program, run for the past seven years with backing from the Saskatoon School Board and Habitat for Humanity, helps high school students interested in a trades career gain the necessary skills and discipline through an extensive on-the job experience of building a home for a low-income family.

AMOUNT OF FUNDING: $7,000

EXPECTED OUTCOMES: The students will obtain practical trades skills that they can apply for a lifetime. A deserving family will receive a home.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT: http://schools.spsd.sk.ca/mountroyal/Newsitems/hcap.htm

WEB SITE ARTICLE(S):   June 2011, April 2014

Philippines Typhoon Haiyan Relief

YEAR(S) FUNDED: 2013

MEMBER(S) SUBMITTING FUNDING REQUEST: Agriculture Union National Executive

NAME OF SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: Agriculture Union Social Justice Fund

CAPSULE DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: A one-time contribution to relief efforts providing desperately needed food and shelter following the massive destruction caused to the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan on November 8, 2013.

AMOUNT OF FUNDING: $10,000

EXPECTED OUTCOMES: The feeding and sheltering of typhoon victims and the subsequent rebuilding of services and communities.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT: Oxfam Canada and Oxfam Québec

WEB SITE ARTICLE(S): November 2013

Lac-Mégantic, Quebec Community Relief

YEAR(S) FUNDED: 2013

MEMBER(S) SUBMITTING FUNDING REQUEST: Jacquelin Carrier, President, Agriculture Union Local 10008

NAME OF SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: Agriculture Union Local 10008

CAPSULE DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: A one-time contribution to Lac-Mégantic community relief to help rebuild the community and the lives of its inhabitants following the devastating rail car derailment and explosion of July 6, 2013.

AMOUNT OF FUNDING: $10,000

EXPECTED OUTCOMES: The social and economic revitalization and of this picturesque Eastern Township community and the wellbeing of its people.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT: Lac-Mégantic Support Fund of the Canadian Red Cross

WEB SITE ARTICLE(S): November 2013

Calgary Emergency Women’s Shelter

YEAR(S) FUNDED: 2013

MEMBER(S) SUBMITTING FUNDING REQUEST: Sandie Caywood, Treasurer, Agriculture Union Local 30046

NAME OF SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: Calgary Emergency Women’s Shelter

CAPSULE DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: A contribution to the operation of this emergency shelter, which provides a unique response-based approach to supporting victims of family violence.

AMOUNT OF FUNDING: $2,800

EXPECTED OUTCOMES: Professional counselling and a safe haven for the almost 14,000 clients the shelter assists annually.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT: https://www.calgarywomensshelter.com/

WEB SITE ARTICLE(S): July 2013

Habitat for Humanity – Braga, Portugal

YEAR(S) FUNDED: 2012

MEMBER(S) SUBMITTING FUNDING REQUEST: Meraiah Morison, Fourth National Executive Vice-President

NAME OF SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: Habitat for Humanity

CAPSULE DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: The purchase of scaffolding to provide safer working conditions for volunteers at two Habitat for Humanity building sites in Braga, Portugal.

AMOUNT OF FUNDING: $2,500

EXPECTED OUTCOMES: A safe work environment for volunteers, including Canadians, building and rehabilitating housing for low-income families.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT: habitat@hfhportugal.org

WEB SITE ARTICLE(S): July 2013

Red Deer, Alberta Clothing Bank

YEAR(S) FUNDED: 2013

MEMBER(S) SUBMITTING FUNDING REQUEST: Elizabeth Mapletoft, Chief Steward, Agriculture Union Local 30074

NAME OF SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: Red Deer Community Clothing Service

CAPSULE DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: Purchase of such non-donatable items as underwear and blankets for distribution to the more than one thousand low-income people a month who turn to this thrift store for their clothing needs.

AMOUNT OF FUNDING: $2,500

EXPECTED OUTCOMES: Providing basic clothing to needy individuals and families.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT: hayden13@telus.ca

WEB SITE ARTICLE(S): July 2013

Lethbridge Research Centre Food Banks’ Garden

YEAR(S) FUNDED: 2013

MEMBER(S) SUBMITTING FUNDING REQUEST: Shannan Little, Agriculture Union Local 30048 Human Rights Representative

NAME OF SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: Agriculture Union Local 30048

CAPSULE DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: Purchase of supplies to allow the expansion of this volunteer garden, now in its fourth year, which has donated almost ten thousand pounds of fresh produce to the local food bank.

AMOUNT OF FUNDING: $1,900

EXPECTED OUTCOMES: Improved nutrition for food bank clients, promotion of food sustainability, a more engaged Local membership and greater recognition of the Agriculture Union in the community.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT: http://lrcgarden.blogspot.ca/

WEB SITE ARTICLE(S): July 2013

Saskatchewan Asbestos Public Awareness Campaign

YEAR(S) FUNDED: 2013

MEMBER(S) SUBMITTING FUNDING REQUEST: Brenda Baergen, past Agriculture Union Regional Vice-President for Northern Saskatchewan

NAME OF SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: Saskatchewan Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

CAPSULE DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: An asbestos public awareness campaign to publicize, educate and lobby for the mandatory listing of public building containing asbestos and the safe treatment and/or removal and disposal of this dangerous material.

AMOUNT OF FUNDING: $10,000

EXPECTED OUTCOMES: Heightened public safety due to the establishment and effective management of a mandatory asbestos registry.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT: baergenb@sasktel.net

WEB SITE ARTICLE(S): July 2013

Genesis House, south-central Manitoba

YEAR(S) FUNDED: 2012

MEMBER(S) SUBMITTING FUNDING REQUEST: Gus Mardli, Agriculture Union Human Rights Committee Regional Representative for Manitoba, Northwestern Ontario and Nunavut

NAME OF SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: South Central Committee on Family Violence

CAPSULE DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: In partnership with area schools, this project targets aboriginal and non-aboriginal girls ages 9-13, providing a ‘girls only’ program where the children will be free to talk, explore, create, and achieve without judgment.

AMOUNT OF FUNDING: $11,980

EXPECTED OUTCOMES: More self-confident young women with an appreciation of education and the development of valuable life skills.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT: gsmardli@mts.net

WEB SITE ARTICLE(S): July 2013

Youth Emergency Shelter Society, Edmonton

YEAR(S) FUNDED: 2012

MEMBER(S) SUBMITTING FUNDING REQUEST: Agriculture Union Alberta Regional Seminar

NAME OF SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: Youth Empowerment and Support Services

CAPSULE DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: Support for the numerous programs for at-risk youth run by this downtown shelter.

AMOUNT OF FUNDING: $1,870

EXPECTED OUTCOMES: Help for these troubled young people to get on the right track and make a positive contribution to their community and society at large.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT: http://www.yess.org/

WEB SITE ARTICLE(S): July 2013

Burns Lake, B.C. Community Relief

YEAR(S) FUNDED: 2012

MEMBER(S) SUBMITTING FUNDING REQUEST: Agriculture Union Social Justice Fund Committee

NAME OF SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: North-Central (B.C.) Labour Council

CAPSULE DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: Contribution to the community fund established to assist this small village in the north-central interior of British Columbia when its major employer – a sawmill – was destroyed by fire.

AMOUNT OF FUNDING: $1,000

EXPECTED OUTCOMES: Assist in helping the workers and their families recover from this economic disaster.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT: nclcboard@gmail.com

WEB SITE ARTICLE(S): July 2013

Donation of beef to food bank, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia

YEAR(S) FUNDED: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

MEMBER(S) SUBMITTING FUNDING REQUEST: Traci Gowan, Local 58, Nappan, Nova Scotia

NAME OF SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: Agriculture Union Local 58

CAPSULE DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: This annual project sees Local 58 members purchase a high quality steer at the Cumberland County 4-H Show and Sale auction. The Local then arranges for the beef to be dressed, packaged and delivered to the local food bank.

AMOUNT OF FUNDING: $1,115 in both 2010 and 2009; $1,250 in both 2011 and 2012

EXPECTED OUTCOMES: Quality food provided the approximately 250 families who rely on the food bank while the accompanying publicity shows our neighbours are benefiting from the Nappan Experimental Farm’s staff being a vibrant part of the community.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT: traci.gowan@agr.gc.ca

WEB SITE ARTICLE(S):    October 2008     September 2010     October 2010     June 2011    July 2013

Beaverlodge Research Farm Food Banks Garden, Beaverlodge, Alberta

YEAR(S) FUNDED: 2011

MEMBER(S) SUBMITTING FUNDING REQUEST: Andony Melathopoulos, President, Local 30045

NAME OF SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: Agriculture Union Local 30045

CAPSULE DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: The development of a garden plot on research station property to grow fresh, nutritious food for those in the community having the greatest need.

AMOUNT OF FUNDING: $1,380

EXPECTED OUTCOMES: Up to one thousand pounds of fresh produce will be grown annually to be distributed at no cost to the Beaverlodge’s food bank, childcare centre and seniors apartment complex. The project will strengthen Local solidarity by involving virtually all members.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT: melathopoulos@yahoo.ca

WEB SITE ARTICLE(S):   June 2011

Growing our Future Urban Gardening Project, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

YEAR(S) FUNDED: 2010

MEMBER(S) SUBMITTING FUNDING REQUEST: Howard Willems, Third National Executive Vice-President

NAME OF SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-op

CAPSULE DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: This is a skills-building alternative education program for young people aged 15 to 21 who are struggling in the regular school system. The initiative will teach a variety of gardening skills while helping the young people obtain high school credit. The youth are taught general gardening skills, as well as such workplace requirements as attendance, punctuality and respect for supervisors.

AMOUNT OF FUNDING: $7,700

EXPECTED OUTCOMES: Participants will emerge from this project with long-term skills, increased confidence to return to school and/or find a job and the ability to make healthy decisions allowing them to contribute meaningfully to their community.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT: http://www.cnyc.ca/

WEB SITE ARTICLE(S):    September 2010

Fondation Paradis des Indiens, Haiti

YEAR(S) FUNDED: 2010

MEMBER(S) SUBMITTING FUNDING REQUEST: Nicolas Auclair, Local 9, St. Jean, Quebec

NAME OF SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: Paradis des Indiens, Abricots, Haiti

CAPSULE DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: Training and supervision by an agronomist and an agricultural officer of some 500 youth in the growth and harvest of vegetables and grains on renewed, irrigated land. The project will also provide work and generate revenue for the women of a food processing association once the harvest has been dried.

AMOUNT OF FUNDING: $8,000

EXPECTED OUTCOMES: The project will contribute to the public’s appreciation of the value and importance of agriculture in the Haitian economy and will elevate the status of farmers amongst the general population. The outcomes of this particular project will be extended to another 11 schools operated by the Fondation.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT: http://www.unitingpeople.com/en/project/paradis/

WEB SITE ARTICLE(S):    August 2010

Lethbridge Food Banks Garden

YEAR(S) FUNDED: 2010

MEMBER(S) SUBMITTING FUNDING REQUEST: Lorna Selinger and Shannan Little, Local 48, Lethbridge, AB

NAME OF SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: Agriculture Union Local 48 and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

CAPSULE DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: An anti-poverty initiative that will see the creation of a garden to provide fresh produce in season to clients of the food banks in Lethbridge.

AMOUNT OF FUNDING: $1,200

EXPECTED OUTCOMES: Fresh produce to donate to Lethbridge food banks. Gardening education and experience for volunteers. Enhanced spirit of cooperation and community among Agriculture members at the Lethbridge Research Centre.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT: lorna.selinger@agr.gc.ca and shannan.little@agr.gc.ca

WEB SITE ARTICLE(S):    April 2010

Shipment of seeds to Zimbabwe Co-operatives to provide food security

YEAR(S) FUNDED: 2010

MEMBER(S) SUBMITTING FUNDING REQUEST: Howard Willems, Third National Executive Vice-President

NAME OF SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: Saskatchewan Zimbabwe Committee

CAPSULE DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: Emergency shipment of one million packets of seeds by container to the Organization of Collective Co-ops of Zimbabwe alleviate food shortages caused by a catastrophic crop failure.

AMOUNT OF FUNDING: $2,000

EXPECTED OUTCOMES: Planting and harvesting of important food resources and providing food security to Zimbabwe communities in desperate condition.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT: gman1@sasktel.net and kossickd@sasktel.net

WEB SITE ARTICLE(S):     April 2010

$10,000 donation to the Canadian Red Cross for Haitian earthquake relief

YEAR(S) FUNDED: 2010

MEMBER(S) SUBMITTING FUNDING REQUEST: Agriculture Union National Executive

NAME OF SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: Saskatchewan Zimbabwe Committee

CAPSULE DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: A $10,000 donation to the Canadian Red Cross, on behalf of all Agriculture Union members, to help provide desperately-needed food and shelter to the survivors of the January 2010 earthquake.

AMOUNT OF FUNDING: $10,000

EXPECTED OUTCOMES: Assist in the reconstruction of Haiti and ease the suffering of millions of the Haitian people.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT: http://www.redcross.ca/article.asp?id=33898&tid=001

WEB SITE ARTICLE(S):   January 2010

Support for production of a video on the history of the National Farmers Union

YEAR(S) FUNDED: 2009

MEMBER(S) SUBMITTING FUNDING REQUEST: Agriculture Union National Executive

NAME OF SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: National Farmers Union

CAPSULE DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: Filmed oral history of the highlights and contributions of the National Farmers Union to Canadian Society in its 40-year history.

AMOUNT OF FUNDING: $1,500

EXPECTED OUTCOMES: A video entitled Voices of the NFU – In Union is Strength, produced in both short (five to 10 minute) and long (20 to 25 minute) versions, with all interview footage preserved for future use and archival purposes.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT: http://www.nfu.ca

Gift packages for individuals and families at homeless shelters, Halifax, Nova Scotia

YEAR(S) FUNDED: 2009, 2010

MEMBER(S) SUBMITTING FUNDING REQUEST: Deborah Young, Local 2, Halifax

NAME OF SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: PSAC Halifax Human Rights Committee

CAPSULE DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: Assembly of Christmas gift packages for individuals and families at two Halifax homeless shelters

AMOUNT OF FUNDING: $500 in each year

EXPECTED OUTCOMES: Over 250 gift bags and a happier holiday season for the residents of the Halifax Metro Turning Point and Phoenix House homeless shelters.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT: http://www.psacatlantic.com/humanrights

WEB SITE ARTICLE(S):   August 2010

Programs to counter student drop-outs at Polyvalente Hyacinthe Delorme secondary school, St. Hyacinthe, Quebec

YEAR(S) FUNDED: 2009

MEMBER(S) SUBMITTING FUNDING REQUEST: Louise Savoie, Local 80, St. Hyacinthe

NAME OF SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: Secondary School Advisory Council, consisting of directors, teachers, students and parents.

CAPSULE DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: To develop and support such programs as the ‘Projet media jeunesse’ (Youth Media Project) accessible below.

AMOUNT OF FUNDING: $25,000

EXPECTED OUTCOMES: Greater student motivation, skills-building and a reduced drop-out rate.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT: http://www.abm.cssh.qc.ca/

Breakfast Program at Hope Cottage, Halifax, Nova Scotia

YEAR(S) FUNDED: 2008, 2009, 2010

MEMBER(S) SUBMITTING FUNDING REQUEST: Deborah Young, Local 2, Halifax

NAME OF SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: Hope Cottage is a charitable organization whose mission is to provide meals to those who cannot afford to obtain these meals themselves. It serves over 200 meals a day, Monday to Friday.

CAPSULE DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: One day a month throughout the year, Local 2 members prepare breakfast for the residents of Hope Cottage

AMOUNT OF FUNDING: $500 in each year

EXPECTED OUTCOMES: Providing nourishing meals to those who would otherwise go hungry.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT: http://www.hopecottage.ca/

WEB SITE ARTICLE(S):   December 2008     December 2009     August 2010

Awareness-raising on social justice issues in a largely rural area, Grande Prairie, Alberta

YEAR(S) FUNDED: 2009

MEMBER(S) SUBMITTING FUNDING REQUEST: Andony Melathopoulos, Local 45, Beaver Lodge, Alberta

NAME OF SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: Grande Prairie and District Labour Council

CAPSULE DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: A 90-minute discussion following a film screening and an hour-long discussion at the local college workshop on social justice concerns in the Grande Prairie area, particularly with regard to issues faced by members of the LGBT communities in a largely rural region.

AMOUNT OF FUNDING: $300

EXPECTED OUTCOMES: Permit isolated social justice groups in a small rural community to reflect on the larger aims of their activities and to better work together going forward..

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT: melathopoulos@yahoo.ca

Operation Christmas Child, Africa

YEAR(S) FUNDED: 2008, 2009, 2010

MEMBER(S) SUBMITTING FUNDING REQUEST: Deborah Young, Local 2, Halifax

NAME OF SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: Operation Christmas Child

CAPSULE DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: The Halifax project is part of the Operation Christmas Child program operated by Samaritan’s Purse, a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization.

AMOUNT OF FUNDING: $1,500 in each year

EXPECTED OUTCOMES: Close to 900 shoeboxes were shipped to Africa in time for the holidays. Boxes contained useful basic essentials to improve the lives of hundreds of deserving African orphans. More than $3,000 was also raised in cash contributions to defray mailing costs.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/OCC/

WEB SITE ARTICLE(S):   December 2008     December 2009     August 2010

Community development in Mozambique

YEAR(S) FUNDED: 2009, 2010, 2011

MEMBER(S) SUBMITTING FUNDING REQUEST: Marianne Hladun, National Council; Howard Willems,Third National Executive Vice-President

NAME OF SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: Training for Health Renewal Program

CAPSULE DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: The Training for Health Renewal Program (THRP) partnership program between the University of Saskatchewan and the Ministry of Health in Mozambique has played a major role in pushing the agenda of a comprehensive community health and development in the rural areas of Mozambique. THRP runs both a program that trains health workers to become community health workers and a program that trains ‘community activistas’ to assume leadership in community health and development initiatives. THRP has been a recipient of organized labour support for many years.

AMOUNT OF FUNDING: $7,500 for 2009, $7,500 for 2010 and $10, 200 for 2011

EXPECTED OUTCOMES: Supporting the Zambo ni Zambo (‘Step By Step’) youth team over a three-year period as they work on community development initiatives. Their role is to provide advice and guidance to the local community to increase economic activity.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT: http://thrp.usask.ca/

WEB SITE ARTICLE(S):   March 2009     August 2009:    February 2010

Integrated rural development project in the village of Musepur, Uttar Pradesh state, India

YEAR(S) FUNDED: 2009, 2010

MEMBER(S) SUBMITTING FUNDING REQUEST: Harmesh Sider, Sid Wong and Doug Mah, Local 44, British Columbia

NAME OF SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: Vivek Educational Foundation of Canada

CAPSULE DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: Vivek Educational Foundation of Canada is helping improve the standard of living of villagers in remote and disadvantaged regions of India by encouraging their participation in rural development projects to improve health, sanitation and education services.

AMOUNT OF FUNDING: $6,000 for 2009 and $4,500 for 2010

EXPECTED OUTCOMES: Support for three elementary schools in the villages of Musepur, Khirkia Bargadia and Rajan Colony, located in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh near the Nepalese border. Vivek is also constructing a multipurpose building in Musepur. Solar lamps to replace kerosene lamps; basic furniture for class room and library; one computer; one water pump; two toilets and one septic tank.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT: http://www.vivekcanada.org/

WEB SITE ARTICLE(S):   March 2009     June 2009     April 2010     September 2010     June 2011

Agriculture development project in Mukeu, Kenya

YEAR(S) FUNDED: 2009

MEMBER(S) SUBMITTING FUNDING REQUEST: Kami Swanson, CFIA, Alberta

NAME OF SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: Compassion Works International

CAPSULE DESCRIPTION OF ORGANIZATION: Compassion Works International aims to empower needy people with skills, knowledge and health to enable them to sustain a better quality of life.

AMOUNT OF FUNDING: $12,000 (one-time funding)

EXPECTED OUTCOMES: Completion of an efficient, replicable milking parlor/feed storage barn. Water and manure collection methods established. Area farmers trained in better management and feed storage practices for livestock. Improvement of human and livestock health. Solar water disinfection methods in place in as many homes as possible. Basic computer training for youth.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT: www.cwionline.org

WEB SITE ARTICLE(S):   March 2009     June 2009