Saskatchewan and Manitoba Women of Steel Raise Funds for Worthy Causes: Cancer Research and Women’s Shelter
|Relay for LIfe team members were: front row: Jill Bernard and Kelsy Whyte; middle row: Danielle Thieman and Kathy Whyte; back row: Alena Newitt, Marie Smuk and Deandra Rhodes.|
REGINA, SK/WINNIPEG, MB – Two recently held events by Women of Steel in these prairie provincial capitals have highlighted the activism and generosity of United Steelworkers members.
In Regina a seven women team (see photo above and click for enlargement) consisting of Women of Steel and friends participated in the Cancer Relay for Life event on June 13.
The team, consisting of Local 6717's Kathy Whyte (Chair of the Women of Steel Committee in Regina and a member of the District 3 Women's Committee), Local 5890's Marie Smuk, Local 5890's Deandra Rhodes, Local 5890's Danielle Thieman, Local 5890's Jill Bernard (a summer student), Alana Newitt and Kelsy Whyte.
All wearing District 3 T-shirts with the historic image of 'Rosie the Riveter' flexing her bicep with the words "We Can Do It- USW District 3," the team participated in the 12 hour relay, taking turns by walking, running and strolling around a track lit with candles lanterns purchased by families that have lost a member of their family to cancer.
|Presenting the cheque to Debbie Delaronde (l) and Joan Davis, was Woman of Steel Jen Stuve. USW Photo|
At a luncheon held in the Union Centre, the committee presented a cheque to the Ikwe Widdjiitiwin Women's Shelter in Winnipeg. The money was raised at an event in April (see story).
Committee chairperson Jen Stuve (see photo and enlargement presented the cheque to Debbie Delaronde and Joan Davis.
"The donation was greatly appreciated by the Women's Shelter," says Sister Stuve, a member of 9074-34. "We can see first hand where the donations and future donations will be used. There was also a large donation of toiletries that had been collected by one of our National Steelworker Locals comprised of CN Employees (Local 2004) that was also greatly appreciated."
"We'd like to thank all the members that came out for the luncheon from both the Women's Committee and the Area Council to show Ikwe Widdjiitiwin our Southern Manitoban hospitality," she adds.