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November 6 – National CBO Appreciation Day

CUPE Saskatchewan celebrates Community-Based Organization (CBO) workers today to thank them for the services they provide in our communities.

It’s important that we recognize the dedicated and valuable work done by CBO workers,” said CUPE Saskatchewan President Tom Graham. “Their commitment and caring, day in and day out, make life better in communities throughout our province.”

A Tri-Union Community-Based Organizations Committee comprised of CUPE, SGEU and SEIU-West requested that the provincial government declare November 6 as “Community-Based Organizations Appreciation Day”. On October 12, Social Services Minister June Draude issued a Certificate of Recognition requesting that all citizens of Saskatchewan recognize CBO providers on November 6.

The Tri-Union Committee is sending each CBO worksite a basket that along with goodies, includes a calendar and playing cards featuring CBO workers.

CUPE member Kristina Atherton works as a caregiver with Cheshire Homes in Regina.  As a caregiver, she does “everything for residents that one would do for their own family – from getting them up in the morning, dressing, feeding, doing their laundry, taking them to a movie or to see their doctor, to helping them get to bed.” Atherton notes that this is valuable work.  “All CBO workers should be appreciated,” she says.

Community Based Organization workers provide the support and frontline services that maintain our social safety net. They work with children, people living with disabilities, homeless people, those with addictions, new Canadians, families in crisis, women experiencing abuse and others facing traumatic situations.

City Councils in Nipawin and North Battleford have also proclaimed November 6 as Community-Based Organizations Appreciation Day.

CUPE represents 672 CBO members from 27 locals in Nipawin, Melfort, Prince Albert, North Battleford, Wilkie, Biggar, Saskatoon, Preeceville, Ituna, Yorkton, Melville, Shaunavon, and Regina.

Thanks for all you do!

Local 1902      Wascana Day Care Cooperative

Local 1902-1   Campus Day Care

Local 1902-4   Awasis Child Care Cooperative

Local 1902-6   Rink Avenue Day Care

Local 1902-9   U of S Students Union Child Care Inc.

Local 2182      Prince Albert & District Community Services Centre Inc.

Local 3207      Cheshire Homes of Regina Society

Local 3354      Battlefords Residential Services Inc.

Local 3364      Mackenzie Society Ventures Inc.

Local 3370      Nipawin & District Services to the Handicapped Inc.

Local 3462      Cypress Hills Abilities Centre Inc.

Local 3481      Rail City Industries Inc.

Local 3583      Wilkie Independent Living Services Ltd.

Local 3680      Yail Harbour Inc.

Local 3683      Accent on Kids Day Care

Local 3693      Families First Child Care Centre

Local 4131      Humpty Dumpty Child Care Cooperative

Local 4152      The Canadian Deaf Blind & Rubella Association

Local 4324      Redvers Activity Centre Inc.

Local 4330      SHARE (Self-Help and Recreation Centre)

Local 4449      Glencairn Child Care Cooperative

Local 4552      Deer Park Villa Inc.

Local 4568      PA Shelter for Women Inc.

Local 4666      Le Centre Educatif Felix Le Chat

Local 4748      Cosmopolitan Learning Centre

Local 4909      Biggar Community Connections Inc.

Local 5080      Melfort Daycare Cooperative