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Power Workers' Union donates to KDSS, art gallery, hospice, food banks

October 24, 2020

The Power Workers' Union (PWU) has presented several donations to charitable organizations in the Kincardine area over the past couple of weeks.

PWU representative Cathy Luinstra presented a cheque for $3,000 Kincardine District Senior School (KDSS) teacher Tim Luinstra, for the Outdoor Education program, and toward the building of an outdoor classroom so students can move to learning in the outdoors.

This donation will assist students taking the Outdoor Education program, as well as in the purchase of equipment for activities in the program and for assisting with excursions, such as the Saugeen River and Algonquin Canoe Trips. 

Students at KDSS who take this course learn various wilderness and camping skills and then get the opportunity to test their skills on a five-day wilderness trip into Algonquin Park in June. The funding also assists students who cannot afford the cost of the program or the trips.

Tim Luinstra and KDSS principal Mark Ozorio thank the PWU, on behalf of the staff and students at KDSS, for these greatly-needed funds.



Cathy Luinstra (left) of the PWU presents a cheque for $3,000 to KDSS teacher Tim Luinstra; photo courtesy of Tim Luinstra

VICTORIA PARK GALLERY

The artists at the Victoria Park Gallery in downtown Kincardine, appreciate the donation of $1,000 from the PWU.

The gallery provides a quiet place where people can come and get away from some of the current stress, and enjoy the unique and beautiful art created by members of the community.

This funding will be used to help people become aware of the gallery, and in turn, local support will enable the Victoria Park Gallery to remain open and provide an outlet for new artists.



Tracy Neitzel (left) of the PWU, presents a cheque for $1,000 to Ruth Nicholson of Victoria Park Gallery; photo courtesy of the Victoria Park Gallery

HURON SHORES HOSPICE

The PWU has donated $5,000 to Huron Shores Hospice to help offset the loss in revenue and increase in expenses, due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

“We are pleased to be able to support the important work being done by the Huron Shores Hospice board, staff and volunteers, looking after end-of-life care for the residents of southern Bruce County,” said Nestor Koturbash, PWU equity distribution representative. “This is a valuable service for our local community and we are proud to contribute to help them meet their budget requirements in 2020.”

Huron Shores Hospice is a charitable, not-for-profit, volunteer-led, community-funded residential hospice, providing quality end-of-life care, at no cost, to residents of Kincardine, Huron-Kinloss and Saugeen Shores and surrounding areas. Huron Shores Hospice also provides free programs for Grief Recovery, End-of-Life Doula services, Death Cafes and End-of-Life Planning workshops.

"We are very appreciative of this donation, especially this year when fund-raising efforts have been more difficult,” said Cheryl Cottrill, co-chairperson of Huron Shores Hospice. “The restrictions of COVID-19 have impacted our day-to-day operations as well as our fund-raising efforts. Our budget has been significantly impacted by the need for staff to cover the comfort care of our residents and their families, which would normally be provided by our volunteers. This funding will go a long way to help offset those costs and help with the reduction in fund-raising dollars in 2020.”

LOCAL FOOD BANKS

The PWU has announced it is donating a total of $18,000 to 18 food banks in the Grey/Bruce/Huron area.

The funds were recently approved through the PWU Bruce Site Equity Committee on behalf of the PWU Bruce Power members as part of their annual disbursements into the local communities.

The union members are pleased to be able to assist their local food banks in purchasing items that are in need for all of the community to access. The money will be distributed to the individual organizations over the coming days.

The PWU Bruce Site Equity Committee has been in place since early 2006 and its purpose is to make cash disbursements of Bruce Site equity funds to community organizations and local causes. The committee makes these disbursements on behalf of all 2,600 PWU members who work for Bruce Power.

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