Easter Seal DonationCHARLOTTETOWN:  CUPE members from all over Prince Edward Island raised more than $11,500 for the Easter Seals Society during their annual convention this weekend in Mill River.

“We are very pleased with the generosity of our members”, said Lori MacKay, President of CUPE PEI.

“This initiative began with the members of CUPE Local 805, the Queens Health Authority, who pledged money every year for the Easter Seal Campaign. This year, the members of Local 3260, the Educational Assistants and Youth Service Workers held a few fundraisers and got some help from “the friends of Brett Robinson” to raise a significant sum of money. CUPE national also donated money to the campaign on behalf of all CUPE members.”

“In addition to raising money for this great cause, the two day convention gave delegates an opportunity to debate and discuss priorities of our union.  The delegates re-committed to working on important priorities for Islanders like the funding of our Public Health Care System and Employment Insurance Program,” added MacKay.

“Our membership is more determined than ever to fight for what is important to Islanders which is very excitingˮ, concluded Lori MacKay.

CUPE PEI also launched the 10% Shift initiative which encourages its membership and all islanders to buy locally.“If everyone would pledge to spend 10% of their household expenses in their community, shop at locally owned stores and buy locally produced goods, this would have a very strong impact on our economy. Similar initiatives have been launched all over North America and have been helping many communities to rebuild their economy during difficult times.”

CUPE Members are proud of the services they provide to fellow Islanders; the ability they have to support local business and the commitment to fight for what is fair for all citizens.