The holiday season always brings out incredible stories of collective giving and collective action, and this year, our United Way Winnipeg Labour Program was moved by a generous act of kindness in remembrance for a fallen Union Brother, from CUPE Local 2153.
CUPE Local 2153 represents Union members at Winnipeg Child & Family Services (WCFS), and in the last two years they experienced a great loss, in the passing of a long-standing member, Brother Larry Stringer.
“Our fallen Brother, Larry Stringer, donated to the Koats for Kids program every year for many years on his own. He used to go around collecting jackets for kids, and every holiday season, would deliver the donations,” said President of Local 2153, Linda Durham.
Pictured below are the Executive members of CUPE Local 2153, pictured left to right: President, Linda Durham; Recording Secretary, Shelley Baker; Secretary Treasurer, Nancy Grant; Family Support Vice President, Melody Hines; Lead Shop Steward, Brad Thiessen; and Vice President, Oshoke Monofi.
To keep the spirit of his generosity alive, and in Brother Larry’s honour, the Executive of CUPE Local 2153 donated $1,000 to Koats for Kids – a program of United Way Winnipeg.
Koats for Kids collects over 6,000 coats each year and shares the winter gear with Winnipeg families. For many kids, having a warm coat often means attending school on a cold day instead of staying home, and it’s because of our community’s generosity that United Way Winnipeg can make these remarkable donations happen.
Our Labour Director, Gina McKay, said, “It was an honour for them (CUPE Local 2153 members) to share Larry’s commitment to Winnipeg children in need, and the Executive members at Local 2153 are carrying on a great tradition of kindness that will go a long way this winter season.”