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Ontario's Union for fairness, equality and respect at work.

Members, activists and staff made a difference in their workplaces and communities to close out 2016.

In December, 1006A participated in a memorial for the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Hundreds of shoes were collected to honour the 14 women murdered at I'Ecole Polytechnique on December 6, 1989.

As the holidays can be a difficult time for many families, Ottawa-area activists and staff made a difference by collecting hundreds of toys for children-in-need at local shelters.

Along with the union's own scholarship program recipients, UFCW Canada made a difference in the life of Maida Krdzalic, who was recipient of the 2016 Beggs Dowling Mathieu Scholarship.

As we begin 2017, I hope all of you can become more involved in your local union or take advantage of some of the benefits offered.

Apply to our generous Scholarship Program (42 scholarships worth $500 each) offered annually to members and their children.

• Speak to your union representative if you have questions at work or if you would like to get more involved. We are happy to help.

• Attend a union meeting with a friend (check your union bulletin board for more details)

• Join one of our many union events in 2017 (Rallies for workers' rights, Pride parades, Labour Day march, etc). Visit for upcoming events that will be scheduled. By participating with your union, you can make a difference in your workplace and communities. 

Finally, I want to wish you and your loved ones the very best this New Year. I know 2017 will be a great year for our union. Together, we will continue to make life better for our members and all workers across Ontario.