For Immediate Release: November 5, 2014
In celebration of Community Worker Appreciation Day, a conference for community-based organization (CBO) workers is being held at the Park Town Hotel in Saskatoon on November 6 and 7. Hosted by the Saskatchewan Government and General Employees’ Union (SGEU) and Service Employees International Union West (SEIU-West), the conference will feature presentations from the members about their daily work as well as addresses from Saskatoon Mayor Don Atchison, the Honourable Don Morgan, Minister of Education and Labour Relations & Workplace Safety and Mr. David Forbes, MLA Saskatoon Centre and the opposition critic for labour, education, housing, diversity, equality and human rights issues.
“We are very pleased that these public figures are going to address our members who work in the communities they represent,” said Bob Bymoen, president of SGEU who will also address the workers. “The type of work our members do in CBOs provides support for some of the most vulnerable people of this province.”
Acknowledging the vital care CBO workers provide to people of all ages and races who suffer from serious issues such as poverty, mental and physical disabilities, addictions and family crisis situations, is important for keeping our communities strong and healthy.
“We are pleased that so many of our Saskatchewan communities have taken the opportunity to recognize November 6 as Community Worker Appreciation Day,” said Barbara Cape, president of SEIU-West. “We’re even more pleased that the Ministry of Social Services accepted our joint request to proclaim the day in the province for the second year in a row.”
Communities including Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Kindersley, Moose Jaw, North Battleford, have expressed their support for community workers by marking the day.
There is a long history in this province of CBO workers being overlooked, taken for granted and undervalued. The lack of stable, predictable financial support they have received from the government over the years has lead to critical recruitment and retention issues and unsafe working conditions which lends to the erosion of quality services.
The doors will be open to the media from 1 pm to 3 pm on November 6, 2014.
SGEU and SEIU-West represent a total of 45 agencies throughout the province. Visit www.communityworkers.org to learn more.
For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact:
Lara Abu-Ghazaleh: SGEU Communications – email@example.com or (306) 551-3114
Christine Miller: SEIU-West Communications – firstname.lastname@example.org or (306) 370-4990
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