December 7, 2007

CAW toy donation completes children’s playroom at Native Canadian Centre

Toronto, Ontario – The Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW) Local 112 and the Toronto and Area Skilled Trades Council have donated $2,000 worth of educational toys and books for the newly-renovated children’s play area at the Native Canadian Centre in Toronto. Each group donated $1,000 to the centre.

Over the last seven weeks, dozens of CAW members in the Greater Toronto Area have volunteered their labour to renovate the centre, with donations of cabinets, computer desks and terminals from several local unions.

“Our project in New Orleans was such a success that we’ve been interested in doing a similar project here in Canada ever since,” said Phil Fryer, President of the Toronto and Area Skilled Trades Council. “Helping renovate the centre and repairing wells this coming spring are great chances to lend our skills here in Canada.”

The children’s play area was renovated in the spring, completing the first phase of the project. Next spring, a wheelchair ramp will be built and other repairs will be made to the front of the building. The donation of toys is a continuation of the joint CAW-Assembly of First Nations infrastructure rebuilding projects as part of the Make Poverty History for First Nations campaign.

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