PSAC volunteers give a hand to the Calgary Drop-In Centre
In June 2013, Banff, Canmore, Calgary and much of South Alberta faced devastating flooding and evacuations. PSAC has more than 4,300 members living in Southern Alberta. More than half work right in the downtown core, which was completely shut down for an extended period of time, including the Harry Hayes Federal Building.
During a visit to Calgary, Sister Robyn Benson witnessed the devastating impact of the floods on PSAC members and their families and extended solidarity to the vast numbers of Albertans, who suffered losses due to the flooding in Southern Alberta:
PSAC wishes to recognize the dedication of thousands of volunteers and emergency workers from all levels of government for their tireless efforts to provide protection and relief to those affected. We are also proud of our PSAC members who have been involved in various relief efforts and cleanup, including providing support for a devastated senior’s home and for local food banks, serving meals in the Siksika First Nations, and fundraising to bring solace and support for the thousands of families affected by this disaster.
Sister Marianne Hladun, Prairies Regional Executive Vice-President presents SJF contribution to director of the Drop-In Centre in Calgary
An appeal to Components, Regional Offices, Area Councils, Committees and Locals across the country raised $22,800 for the SJF’s Southern Alberta Solidarity Fund. In coordination with the PSAC Prairies Region, the SJF distributed solidarity funds to community partners providing support to the most vulnerable communities, including the Stoney Nakoda First Nation and Siksika First Nation Food Banks; the Women's Centre of Calgary; the Rowan House Emergency Shelter (http://rowanhouse.ca/ ) for women and children, and the Foothills Foundation Seniors Lodge in High River; the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre; and the Mustard Seed Mission where Sister Marianne Hladun, REVP for the Prairies, and PSAC volunteers served meals to inner city residents in need.
Since 2013, the Social Justice Fund supports the Women's Centre of Calgary through its anti-poverty programme that also promotes equity and social justice for communities in Canada.