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Vancouver city councillors Heather Deal and Raymond Louie with CUPE 1936

vice president Sheryl Burns at city hall after declaring March Community

Social Services Awareness Month.

VANCOUVER—Vancouver city council has unanimously passed a resolution proclaiming March 2008 as Community Social Services Awareness month. Moved by councillor Raymond Louie and seconded by Heather Deal this week, the resolution puts Vancouver in the company of a number of communities that have supported the awareness month.

CUPE 1936 vice president and community social services worker Sheryl Burns attended the meeting. “It is great to get the support and thanks to councillors Louie and Deal for assisting us to put this in front of council. All over the province this campaign has found a welcome reception, which is really important for the thousands of social services workers whose contributions to their communities are often invisible,” says Burns.

Unions representing workers in the sector are sponsoring the Community Social Services Matter campaign. For more information on municipal councils that have passed the resolution and activities happening in communities throughout the province, go to www.communitysocialservicesmatter.ca