On July 12, Unifor responded to the wildfire crisis in BC’s Interior with a $100,000 donation to the Canadian Red Cross relief efforts. Unifor’s regional councils have added another $120,000 in donations, and on July 28 the Western Regional Office held a BBQ to raise additional funds bringing the total donation to well over $220,000.
“Unifor members have been following the devastation caused by the fires very closely and we feel compelled to act,” said Jerry Dias, National President. “I encourage every Unifor member and all Canadians to make a donation to the Red Cross so that the affected families can rebuild and recover.”
Unifor has several hundred members spread out across the affected area, including 100 Mile House, 150 Mile House, Dog Creek, Lac La Hache, Quesnel, Soda Creek, Wildwood, and Williams Lake.
“I want BC residents, Unifor members, and their communities to know that we want to do everything we can to support them during this traumatic time,” said Lana Payne, Atlantic Regional Director.
With the support of the Red Cross local unions and members can make an online donation via a designated Unifor link – www.redcross.ca/BCFires/Unifor. For those locals that prefer to donate via cheque, mail your donation to the National Office (205 Placer Court, Toronto, ON M2H 3H9). Please mark the envelope attention to the International Department.
The Canadian Red Cross says 50,000 people in the province have registered to receive assistance. Tens of thousands of British Columbians remain evacuated as 150 fires continue to burn across BC.