Unifor makes wish come true

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Ben with his family and Unifor staff at the Family Education Centre

Unifor’s Family Education Centre was able to make a little boy’s wish come true over the Canada Day weekend, providing him and his family with a beachfront cottage vacation in partnership with the Make a Wish Foundation.

“I have been around our union for many years but the sense of pride I felt in our union helping to make Ben's wish come true is something I won't soon forget," said Rolly Kiehne, Unifor's Director of Education.

Kiehne was contacted by Unifor Local 1285 retiree Jenn Harvey, who volunteers with the Make a Wish Foundation, about Ben. His wish was to spend a week at a cottage by a lake with his parents, an aunt and a cousin.

Unifor donated the use of one of its cottages along the Lake Huron shoreline at the Family Education Centre for a week starting July 1.

“It was such a sweet request for Ben to want to spend time away with family, I was so happy to see everyone move so fast to make it happen,” Harvey said.

Ben’s mother had told Harvey that her son was focused on spending a week at a cottage with a beach.

“I asked Ben again this morning if there was anything else he’d consider and he is pretty adamant on a beach vacation with his cousin and aunt,” Ben’s mother wrote to Harvey.

Sarah Hamilton, Director of the Family Education Centre, said it was an honour to be part of making Ben’s wish come true.

“We see happy children here all the time, but to see the smile on that boy’s face surrounded by family was really something special,” she said.

Make a Wish helps thousands of critically ill children fulfill their wishes ever year. To find out how you can help, go to makeawish.ca.