Dear Sisters and Brothers:
We continue to follow the devastating impact of the wildfires ravaging Northern Alberta causing the evacuation of the Fort McMurray area and many communities. Our staff and over two thousand CUPE members and their families in the area have been safely evacuated. CUPE members in the Fort McMurray region work in elementary and secondary schools, municipalities, recreation programs, at the airport and in social service organizations. We also know that many CUPE members living in the region have lost their homes and some of their workplaces. CUPE members have been and remain on the forefront of the emergency response and evacuation teams. We could not be prouder of our local leaders and staff who continue to provide support and coordination to CUPE and community members from evacuation centers and our CUPE offices in Alberta.
After consultation with CUPE Alberta and our staff on the ground, CUPE National has set up a CUPE National Disaster Relief Fund – Wildfires in Northern Albertawhich will go directly to the communities impacted by the fires.
We have heard from many of you asking how you can assist. Please join us in donating generously to this Fund. This Fund is not tax deductible and donation receipts cannot be issued. Individual members who would like to donate and receive a tax receipt should direct their donation to established charities.
You can make your cheques payable to the CUPE National Disaster Relief Fund – Wildfires in Northern Alberta.
Please forward all donations by May 31, 2016, if possible, to:
CUPE National Disaster Relief Fund – Alberta
c/o Charles Fleury, National Secretary-Treasurer
1375 St. Laurent Blvd.
We thank you for your generosity and support.