CAW Local 707 and The Oakville District Labour Council come together to help the community!

On Friday, August 9, Master Electrician and employee of Ford Motor Company, John Fitzgerald from CAW Local 707, along with Gary Beck, President of CAW Local 707 were on-site at The Lighthouse Program for Grieving Children to re-do the lighting in the agency’s Volcano Room.


The Lighthouse Program for Grieving Children provides peer support groups for grieving children, youth and their families. It is a forum for companionship with others who have experienced a “life-altering” death, which means they also learn to cope with the loss of mother or father, brother or sister. The Volcano Room is very important to this process, as it allows children to physically express their anger in a safe environment.

“Thank you to CAW Local 707 and it’s members  for helping make a difference for those who could use as much help as they could possibly get. John Fitzgerald should be commended for the outstanding efforts he has put forth to make sure this charitable organization can have a better facility. Every bit of help matters and through Rita Thompson and United Way Oakville, they are working hard to make Oakville a better place to live, work and play for all citizens.”

-Dave Millar, President, Oakville District Labour Council

Special thanks to CAW Local 707 who covered John’s wages for the day. “Unions and their members make a difference in the community every day,” commented Local 707 President Gary Beck, “whether it’s financial contributions or helping the local food banks, unions are there to help their communities.” Special thanks also to Gerrie Electric who donated the supplies for the project.

Labour Programs and Services is a joint program between United Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Labour Congress, locally implemented by United Way Oakville and the Oakville District Labour Council.

For more photos of this event, please visit: United Way Oakville’s Flickr page

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