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CUPE members across the country are joining their families, friends and neighbours this weekend to mark Communities Day, June 23. Re-established last year, Communities Day is an annual celebration of public services and the people who deliver them.

Communities Day is CUPE’s way of marking World Public Services Day, recognizing the vital role public services have in communities around the world.

Every day, CUPE members deliver the services that make our cities and towns great places to live for everyone. Whether it’s supporting scholarships, sponsoring sports teams or lending a hand in times of need - CUPE members and locals are proud of their cities and towns.

In recognition of the day, CUPE members and locals have been working with their municipal councils to pass resolutions proclaiming June 23 Communities Day. You can see the proclamations on our Communities Day and the CUPE National Facebook pages.

Communities Day is also the perfect time to share the stories of CUPE members who play a vital role as community builders. Our Community Builder profiles are a way to show the many ways CUPE members help make their communities a better place to live for everyone. This year, we are spotlighting Ross Forrest, an arena and parks worker in North Cowichan on Vancouver Island. We’ll be profiling more CUPE community builders throughout the summer.

If you know of a community builder in your neigbourhood, or want to share stories and photos from your celebrations of Communities Day, please send an email to communities@cupe.ca