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National secretary-treasurer Claude Généreux flying in from Ottawa to mark occasion

COURTENAYCUPE National secretary-treasurer Claude Généreux will be on hand as the Canadian Union of Public Employees celebrates the launch of its new Comox Valley area office with a grand opening on Wednesday evening (September 17).

CUPE’s spacious new headquarters, located at #6 - 204 North Island Highway in Courtenay, are environmentally designed to be healthy and easy to clean, with plenty of natural light. The office, bought by CUPE from an existing building, has been completely renovated after two separate business units were gutted and combined. It features a large, multi-use, multi-media training/meeting room, a kitchen, storage space, washroom facilities and a separate entrance. Other space in the office is leased from CUPE by its health services division, the Hospital Employees’ Union.

In addition to Généreux, who is flying in from Ottawa for the opening, members from all 10 CUPE area locals and 18 work site units, as well as regional office staff from Burnaby, will be attending the event. Hosted by CUPE National representative Trish Mack, the grand opening will run from 5-7 p.m.

CUPE’s Comox Valley area services Powell River on the Mainland and the Comox Valley, Campbell River, Port Alice, Port Hardy and Gold River on the Island. Area CUPE members work for school districts and a school bus company, municipalities, regional districts, public libraries, a college, and associations for assisted living.

WHAT: CUPE Comox Valley Area office grand opening
WHEN: Wednesday, September 17, 2008, 5-7 p.m.
WHERE: #6 - 204 North Island Highway, Courtenay, B.C.



Trish Mack, CUPE National Representative: (250) 898-7708

: Dan Gawthrop, CUPE Communications: (604) 999-6132