CUPE members raise $11,500 for Easter Seals

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Brett Robinson can count on plenty of family support while serving as ambassador for the 2014 P.E.I. Easter Seals campaign. Brett, 15, of Mermaid poses with his older sister Jade and his parents Dave and Lynn following the campaign kick-off Monday in Charlottetown.

CUPE members from all over Prince Edward Island raised more than $11,500 for the Easter Seals Society during their annual convention recently in Mill River.

“We are very pleased with the generosity of our members”, said Lori MacKay, president of CUPE PEI.

“This initiative began with the members of CUPE Local 805, the Queens Health Authority, who pledged money every year for the Easter Seal Campaign. This year, the members of Local 3260, the educational assistants and youth service workers held a few fundraisers and got some help from ‘the friends of Brett Robinson’ to raise a significant sum of money. CUPE national also donated money to the campaign on behalf of all CUPE members.”

In addition to raising money, the two-day convention gave delegates an opportunity to debate and discuss priorities of the membership. The delegates re-committed to working on getting more funding for public health-care system and the employment insurance program.

“Our membership is more determined than ever to fight for what is important to Islanders, which is very exciting,” said MacKay.

CUPE P.E.I. also launched the 10 per cent shift initiative which encourages its membership and all Islanders to spend 10 per cent of their household expenses in their community, shop at locally owned stores and buy locally produced goods.

Organizations: CUPE Local 805, Easter Seals Society, Queens Health Authority Islanders

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Mill River

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