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EDMONTON - The Canadian Union of Public Employees has declared October 5th
‘Communities Day’ and is planning a number of events across Canada designed
to celebrate and contribute to communities.

“As the largest union in Canada, CUPE has a responsibility to not only stand
up for our communities, but to contribute to them as well,” said Bruce
McLeod, President of CUPE Alberta. “One in 60 Canadians belongs to CUPE, so
we are a part of every community. Tomorrow - we recognize that.”

CUPE Alberta has several events planned to mark Communities Day, including:

A province wide ‘tummies and toes’ campaign - CUPE members will collect food
and socks for food banks and homeless shelters across Alberta.

Municipal employees in Jasper will be conducting a food bank drive during a
municipal election all candidates forum.

A ‘Suds & Grub’ bar-b-que for the Edmonton Youth Emergency Shelter is being
sponsored by Edmonton Public School Board employees. In order to attend the
bar-b-que, participants must bring a bar of soap or other toiletries for the

“As individuals, CUPE members participate in countless activities to build
their communities,” said McLeod. “But as a union, we need to do more.
Communities Day is our way of changing that.”