Back row, left to right: North Delta MLA Ravi Kahlon and Nikolai Karpun from the Burns Bog Conservation Society; front row, left to right: Patti Prince from Local 1091, Eliza Olson from the Burns Bog Conservation Society and John Gibson from Local 454.
DELTA – Thankfully many of us will not experience the devastating feeling that comes with suffering a break-in. Unfortunately, such is not the case for the staff and campers at the Burns Bog Conservation Society’s summer camp, which was robbed during the B.C. Day long weekend.
Thieves broke into the camp, which operates in the Delta Nature Reserve, by entering a hole they cut in the fence that surrounds the camp. They stole tools, medical supplies, first aid kits, camp equipment, and even water balloons and juice boxes. Though none of the items taken were high in value, the loss was significant for the non-profit organization without the funds to easily replace the missing items.
Following the theft, North Delta MLA and Parliamentary Secretary for Sport and Recreation Ravi Kahlon reached out to community groups and local businesses to generate support for the Society in replacing the stolen supplies and equipment. CUPE members were among the first to answer the call with CUPE 454, 1091, 728, and CUPE BC each donating $500. Together, CUPE members provided the Society with a total of $2,000 to ensure that the important work of this charity was able to continue without interruption, and that campers were able to get the most from their experience.
This donation highlights just one of the many ways CUPE supports the communities in which our members live and work. Whether supporting community events, sponsoring local youth teams or leagues, or stepping up when a key public charity is robbed, CUPE members work for the best interests of their respective community in many different ways.
Find out More about the Burns Bog Conversation Society
The Burns Bog Conservation Society aims to educate the public about the importance of Burns Bog and the world’s peatlands, and to provide opportunities to the public to interact with the Bog’s natural environment. The Society works to ensure the sustainable and ecologically sound management and governance of the Bog in a way that contributes to the local economy and enhances community health. Find out more about the Society and Burns Bog by visiting www.burnsbog.org.