TERRACE CUPE 2012 membership meetings have one very special item on their monthly agenda the care and progress of their Nicaraguan foster child, Irania Rostran.
Through the Foster Parents Plan, these Terrace city workers became the proud foster parents of Irania when she was only two years old in 1998. Today, Irania is a happy seven year old.
Ever since Irania learned how to write, she has been exchanging letters and postcards with the local. Irania is grateful for the support and is thrilled when CUPE 2012 sends her small gifts, which they often do.
In her most recent postcard Irania writes, Hello CUPE! Thanks a lot and thank you so much for your postcard and story. The postcard is very beautiful since it looks like a dream. I usually read the story at nighttime but I read it page by pageevery phrase brings a message. Well, I hope you write back soon. I say good-bye with much love and affection to you. May God bless you and keep you safe forever!
We are so proud of Irania, says Terri Williamson, CUPE 2012 President. But we are also very proud our local for reaching out beyond our workplace to a young child in a community that needs our help.
Irania and her family live in Nicaragua. Her mother Francisca is a housewife, her father Marco is a peasant farmer and she has a little sister named Kenia. Irania is the union locals third foster child. When the children grow up, a new one is adopted-something they have been doing for almost thirty years.
CUPE 2012 represents 90 Terrace city workers that provide a wide variety of quality public services that keep the city safe and well-maintained.
Terri Williamson, CUPE 2012 President, (250) 638-7420
Shelley Larkin, CUPE 2012 member plan coordinator, (250) 615-4024
Diane Kalen, CUPE Communications, (778) 229-0258.