Habitat for Humanity, Women Build

June 18, 2009, 9:13 AM EST


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A group of 20 CAW women gathered in Scarborough Ontario recently to build homes for poor working families who had applied to be part of the latest Habitat for Humanity project. This May 8th event marked the first Toronto Habitat for Humanity Women Build.

While it was the first Women Build for the CAW, the union has been a key supporter of Habitat for Humanity for several years.

"Our work with Habitat for Humanity is just another example of how our union continues to support the organized and unorganized workers in communities right across the country." said Christine Connor CAW National Executive Board member and President of CAW Local 414.

Habitat's objective for the Women Build was to focus on promoting women as leaders and provide an opportunity to participate in a build overlooked by professional trades' men and women.

 Established in 1988 Habitat for Humanity has evolved throughout Canada and across the globe. Habitat helps families who live in substandard housing and who will repay a 25 year mortgage with no interest. The Habitat home owner's mortgage goes straight into a trust fund that helps commence the production of new homes.

The CAW Women alone raised more than $11,000 for Habitat. "Here, we are making a concrete difference and that is what the union is all about," said Peggy Nash, assistant to the President.

CAW skilled trades coordinator Terry Weymouth was instrumental in bringing the CAW group together.

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